11:47. Princeton (U.S.), Feb. 25.
Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said his government pursues a revolution to bring water, education and health services to Peruvian nationals, and expressed confidence over growth in the country.
"I think we need a social revolution in Peru: water, education, health services. Peru is an investment-grade country, we can borrow at a fantastic rate on Wall Street," the Head of State said during the lecture "A New Age for Latin America."
He went on to explain a 30% rate of child malnutrition is reported in the Peruvian Andes, in addition to high anemia and TB, so the challenge is to change that.
"The only way to do that, of course, is to have growth […]. And right now it's difficult to generate growth, but I think we are going to be able to do it, if we manage to unite the country around our ideas," he added.
Mr. Kuczynski thinks it is not easy to do that, because a lot of people are simply motivated by their short-term political instinct, but "I think we are going to be able to do it."
The 78-year-old said he was pleased to be in Princeton, where he studied, and to receive the Madison medal, the highest honor conferred by this university.
In his speech, he said Latin America is facing huge changes and requires further integration of its countries.
Likewise, he stressed the need to improve distribution of public services and incomes, and emphasized his government's goal of providing drinking water to all Peruvians by 2021, as he noted good health is not possible without it.