With resources like fishing, mining, textile, petroleum, and agriculture (great coffee), as well as natural products like wool and hardwood, Peru has a wide range of products available.
Boasting the fasted growing economy in South Amercia, Peru continues to draw a lot of attention from investors in foreign countries.
Peru is classified as a resource-rich country, which can actually cause problems, as history shows that fight over control of the resources may cause setbacks in the economy.
Politics is frequently unstable here but Peru has managed to avoid negative effects - unlike other countries in South America
Becoming more popular in the international
investment circles, Peru is
likely to continue to attract domestic and foreign investment in
Peru resources such as tourism, agriculture, mining, petroleum and
natural gas, as well as
power industries and financial institutions.
Peru's GDP rank in the world is #46, while it is at #6 in South America. It has one of the lowest annual inflation rates in South America at 2.5%, second only to the tiny country of Guyana .
Peru has traditionally relied on its Pacific Coast to bring in the most money to its economy. From the traffic in guano fertilizer in 1800s to fishmeal and other fishing in the 1900s, today Peru supplies about 10% of the world's fish catch.
Mining also has traditionally been a major player in the Peruvian economy and remains one of the main Peru resources. From the heyday of the Spanish gold mines to the current time, Peru is known for its mines. Peru is currently in the top five producers worldwide of gold, copper, lead, and zinc.
Although the Peruvian economy has never had much to show in the area of manufacturing, that is changing now with the most promising sector being textiles.
Plagued by accusations of over logging the Amazon forest regions as
well as massive illegal logging, the Peruvian lumber and hardwood
industry is being harassed from several different directions.
In spite of this controversial position, Peru's hardwood exportation remains a strong Peru resource and, legally or illegally, brings a lot of money into the economy. No one is sure how much.
One of the sectors of agriculture worth mentioning is the wool produced in Peru. Along with cotton, this raw material for textiles is used more and more in the production of clothing in Peru itself as well as being a product for exportation.
World-acclaimed coffee, including world-winning organic coffee, is increasing in production in Peru. Although Peruvians themselves for the most part are not coffee connoisseurs, this is changing in the larger cities (see Best Coffee in Lima, Peru).
Most of the great coffee being grown in Peru is, of course, exported to
countries where people are willing to pay exorbitant prices for the
As in most third-world countries, the average Peruvian has not had the
luxury of purchasing higher-priced natural products.
Now, however, with production of natural products for exportation as well as a better education in the health benefits of naturally grown products, whether for food, cosmetics, or other uses, Peruvian natural products can be bought in most cities and smaller towns within Peru itself.
The opportunities for further development of marketing of natural products as a Peru resource are many, whether in Peru or for export.