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Chile announces US$ 600 million stimulus package to counter mining downturn

Wednesday, August 28th 2019 - 10:04 UTC
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Finance Minister Felipe Larrain said the administration planned to inject the funding, into road construction, subsidized housing, healthcare and water projects Finance Minister Felipe Larrain said the administration planned to inject the funding, into road construction, subsidized housing, healthcare and water projects

Chile's finance minister announced on Monday US$ 600 million in additional stimulus to kick-start the top copper producer's sputtering economy, which has suffered from a downturn in mining and global trade tensions.

Finance Minister Felipe Larrain said the administration of center-right President Sebastian Piñera planned to inject the funding, drawn from elsewhere in the country's budget, into road construction, subsidized housing, healthcare and water projects through 2020.

“The trade wars have worsened and Chile is not immune,” Larrain told reporters.

Chile, which produces nearly one-third the world's copper, has suffered amid floundering global prices for the red metal.

Heavy rains in the country's normally parched northern desert, home to many of its mines, labor strife and a blistering drought in its central agricultural region have also taken their toll.

Larrain said US$ 63 million was earmarked for irrigation projects intended to help ease the pain of drought in central Chile, a region rich in vineyards and other fruit production.

Chilean officials have repeatedly downgraded expectations for growth in 2019, prompting the Piñera administration to implement US$ 3 billion in new stimulus projects over the past several months.

Larrain in July estimated the economy would grow 3.2% in 2019, down from a previous estimate of 3.5% in April.

Categories: Economy, Politics, Chile.

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