In the context of a country in economic recession, the President of the Republic, In Boluarterequested the Congress of the republic permission to travel – from November 1 to 4 – abroad for the fourth time, this time in the city of Washington DC to participate in the inaugural summit of the leaders of the Alliance of the Americas for Economic Prosperity (APEP), organized by American Government. This is his letter to leave the country in less than a year of administration, his 3 previous official trips have generated an expense in Peru of almost a million soles.
His first official trip, after the remote presidency was approved (Act 31810), was Brazil to participate in the IV Meeting of the Presidents of the States Parties to the Amazon Cooperation Treaty, from August 7 to 9. The presence of the president in the event, organized by his counterpart Lula da Silvacreated a budget of more than S/230,000 to transport the presidential delegation, according to a report published by La República on that occasion.
This large amount, budgeted by the State, responds to an estimate made by the Government to finance the trips and travel expenses of the delegation that accompanied the president. In Boluarte. Among the people included are a Minister of State, senior officials, employees of the Official Advance Committee and the Official Committee of the Presidential Office; as well as FAP personnel and, finally, IRTP workers to guarantee the coverage of what participation in head of state in official events in Brazil.
The chancellor accompanied him to the city of Belém do Pará Ana Cecilia Gervasi, for whom a budget was provided for air tickets in the amount of US$2,204 and travel expenses of US$1,489. In total, US$3,693 was allocated. The trip to Carmen del Rocío Azurín Araujo, Director of the Environment, of the General Directorate for Multilateral and Global Affairs. Between travel expenses and tickets, a total of US$3,451 was budgeted for him. Jaime got involved Manuel Cacho-Sousa VelázquezGeneral Director of State Protocol and Ceremonial, with an estimated value of US$5,807.
Foreign Minister Ana Cecilia Gervasi accompanied the president on his 3 trips abroad. Photo: Presidency
Through Ministerial Resolution No. 163-2023-PC, the trip was arranged by the Official Advance Committee and the Official Committee of the Presidential Office, accompanied by the president. In Boluarte. In total, there are 12 people, for which the budget of US$18,440 is estimated. In addition, US$20,550 for representatives of the National Institute of Radio and Television of Peru (IRTP) and US$11,100 for FAP personnel.
Finally, adding all the mentioned expenses, they made a total of US$63,041, at the exchange rate – taking as a standard that the price of the dollar is currently on average S/3.66 – they reach S/230,730. It should be considered that, for this note, the cost of fuel used by the presidential plane that carries the head of state and that is under the supervision of FAP.
Expenses for trips to the United States and Europe
As for the second trip, it is set for the United States, from September 18 to 21, to participate in the High Level Week of the Seventy-eighth Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
On that occasion, he was accompanied by ministers Ana Cecilia Gervasi (Chancellery) and Juan Carlos Mathews (Foreign Trade and Tourism), Cesar Vasquez (Health and Alex Contreras (MEF). The latter received a budget of US$2,640 for travel expenses, the others US$1,760.
Like the trip to Brazil, a delegation from the National Institute of Radio and Television of Peru (IRTP) accompanied the president In Boluarte, 10 people also registered as FAP personnel. In this sense, US$11,406 in air tickets and US$74,800 in travel expenses were budgeted. The total amount is US$86,206, which at the exchange rate is approximately S/331,870.
Dina Boluarte appeared dressed in black next to Pope Francis, appearing far away. Photo: Vatican press
About his third and last trip, the head of state went on an official tour of Europe from October 12 to 15, visited Germany’s, Italy and the Vatican; On this last point he held a meeting with a representative of the Catholic Church and posed for a photo with Pope Francis, although he did not have an audience with him. For this trip, a budget of US$99,791 was established, which at that time—at that time—totaled S/379,882.
For this occasion he was accompanied by the chancellor Ana Cecilia Gervasi. In addition, three delegations are in charge of accompanying the minister and the head of state. In total, 14 people were registered for the trip and 3 members of his office made up the so-called Advance Committee. US$11,972 was allocated for their air tickets and US$11,340 for travel expenses. For an additional 11, US$29,700. Some people from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are also accredited.
Finally, for this evacuation Europe, The presence of IRTP personnel is also requested to cover the activities of the president in his official meetings. The total amount is S/379,882.
Therefore, if all the budgets of the 3 trips are added, there will be a figure of more than S/942,000. Here it should be taken into account that the cost of fuel for the presidential plane, which is used for all these transfers, is not taken into account.