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Highways require US$10bn-12bn, minister says (Peru)

Peru's transport and communications ministry (MTC) has urged future governments to prioritize investments in transport infrastructure, particularly highways, which will require US$10bn-12bn in investments over the next 10 years.

Future governments will be faced with the task of improving 24,000km of main highways and 100,000km of municipal roads; however, presidential candidates for the upcoming elections have yet to propose concrete solutions, according to transport minister Enrique Cornejo

MTC has suggested meeting with technical groups from 10 of the 11 political parties that are planning to run for the presidency, to give them information about progress in the transport sector, state news agency Andina reported.

"I heard a candidate discussing the Longitudinal de la Sierra highway. It's a good project but we don't know how many phases it will be built in, whether it will be a concession or public work, and it would be interesting to know these things," Cornejo said.

Peruvians will go to the polls on April 10 to select new members of congress and a new president. The elected officials will take office in July.

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