The US has no official language and is a nation founded by immigrants and with a long history of immigration from many countries all over the world. Perú has an official language and no history of significant immigration, so it's comparing apples to oranges.
I would think retooling the Peruvian government to operate in English as well as the official language would be such a large and costly endeavor that it would be the more accurate example of trying to "reinvent the wheel," when there's really no need. What language would be the next reinvention to the wheel? Portuguese? German? French? If you do for one foreign special interest group then others will demand equal treatment. Where does it end and at what financial and cultural cost?
I'd rather see taxpayer money go towards something that would benefit citizens, residents and Perú as a whole as opposed to something that would only benefit a minuscule number of foreign residents who refuse to adapt. In a developing country there's only so many things that can be funded. I'd bet dollars to doughnuts that if polled, Peruvians (voters) would overwhelmingly rather see their taxes spent on crime prevention, infrastructure, efforts to expand the economy, etc., instead of reinventing the wheel to solely benefit a minuscule foreign special interest group.
I'm curious as to what others think. No one I've spoken with, expat resident or Peruvian citizen thinks it's a good idea or is a proposal that stands a snowball's chance in hell. I can only speculate on PPK's administrastion's opinion, being they are a small minority in Congress and have far larger issues to deal with. There's a lot of convincing that would need to be done. Is this something that's meant to be taken seriously with a desire to be discussed seriously and efforts made to follow through, or is this just "wouldn't it be nice," wishful thinking? Whatever. If you're actually serious about this keep us updated on your progress as far as getting a meeting with PPK and your idea to retool how official government business is conducted.
I still think that if it's believed such a demand exists to the scale where it's necessary to retool the government, then that would suggest a belief that an opportunity exists for private enterprise to fill this need; which goes back to the subject of this thread. What does Perú need and what business could be created to fill this need? Why make the Peruvian taxpayer fund something so costly that would provide zero benefit to them when a private enterprise could fill this need and generate a profit? I don't see how that idea is convoluted at all, esp. compared to the complexity of retooling the cash strapped Peruvian govt. to start conducting official business in (potentially several) other languages. I would think someone who has gone through the beurocracy involved in starting at least four businesses in Perú would expect a convoluted process when it comes to making such a huge change to the government itself. I'm a realist. I wouldn't go into the idea of starting a business or trying to convincie the PPK administration (who in turn would have to convince Congress and the tax paying voters) to retool to be anything but a convoluted process.
imo, RESPECT is about adapting to the culture of ones voluntarily adopted home instead of trying to force a different culture on Perú and force the Peruvians to pay for it, since they've been kind enough to grant residence to those of us who are not citizens. I don't feel disrespected at all that official business is conducted only in the official language. But I knew long before voluntarily moving here that Spanish is the official language and that if I wanted to live here I'd need to both adapt to and RESPECT the culture at large and put the effort into improving my language skills. Why not just go to a language school or hire a translator and contribute to the economy instead of taking from the country/people while giving nothing of even near equal value in return? Colonialism without the violence.
In the spirit of an exchange of ideas and furthering a conversation (because that's how ideas are refined and change from ideas to reality) I'd welcome any comments that address any of these issues and concerns, whether they be criticisms of what I'm saying with a rebuttal pointing out how I'm wrong about how this need could be better served by the private sector and/or how this proposal could realistically be approached and accomplished. If you're at all serious, give us a dry run of your presentation and pretend we are PPK, Keiko's majority party and others in Congress who likely would be opposed, the average Peruvian taxpayer, newspaper editors and other people with influence, and put forth a convincing proposal that addresses our concerns and hesitations, because the "respect" argument lacks details that address the impracticalities of your suggestion. Give us an indication that you at least understand the political and financial prices of what your proposal entails. Give us concrete studies or evidence that this need actually exists to the degree you suggest it does because all we've seen so far is vague statements and anecdotal suggestions that likely wouldn't convince PPK or his cabinet that this is even a problem that needs adressing. If you truly believe in your idea at least attempt to make a convincing argument.