Peru has a long mining tradition, with mineral revenues having been a major contributor to the country’s development. However, while the country’s vast mineral wealth is contributing to economic growth, the benefits are not evenly distributed and regional inequality is increasing. This has contributed to the growth of a large ASM sector mostly for gold. There are also small numbers of people extracting copper depending on international prices, and some artisanal coal mining.
Read more in the State of the Sector 2019 Country Profile: Peru