Peru has increased its tactics for police mediation as well as repealing repressive police tactics in an effort to mitigate violence and death surrounding disputes over mining and energy projects. Head of the President’s Conflict Prevention Office Vladimir Huaroc has stated that their efforts to mediate conflicts and increased state presence in rural areas has helped to regain some levels of trust amidst poorer communities that have been left behind by the rest of the country. Meanwhile, Peruvian pension fund BBVA has been sold to two different banking institutions for a total of $516 million. Colombia’s financial group Sura and the Bank of Nova Scotia have colluded to by the Peruvian pension fund in an effort to control a greater percentage of regional financial institutions. (April 23, 2013 Reuters; April 24, 2013 Reuters)