Ambassador to Peru Visits KEDCO, Kingston Businesses

Published on: 2011/04/27 - in Releases

Ambassador visits Kingston (composite photo)The Ambassador of Peru, His Excellency Jose Antonio Bellina, visited Kingston, Ontario on Tuesday, April 26.

At the invitation of the Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO), Ambassador Bellina along with Counsellor Mrs. Claudia Betalleluz, Ambassador Bellina toured two local companies – Centennial Global Technology, local manufacturer of PV solar panels and MetalCraft Marine, manufacturer of specialized patrol boats.

KEDCO visited the Peruvian Embassy in Ottawa earlier this month to discuss sport tourism opportunities for Kingston surrounding the 2015 Pan American Games being held in Toronto.  From this initial meeting came the identification of areas of business interest and opportunity.

Jeff Garrah, Chief Executive Officer of KEDCO noted, “it is a pleasure to meet with Mr. Bellina and Mrs. Betalleluz once again and to have the opportunity to further our discussions on the advantages of developing business relationships in Peru for Kingston businesses.  South America is becoming increasingly significant for foreign-direct investment opportunity, in particular Peru, and we look forward to working together to create new relationships which will benefit both countries.”

“Peruvian–Canadian relations offer a myriad of possibilities which can benefit Canadian investors and consumers while boosting our efforts to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development,” said Ambassador Bellina, at a special luncheon reception with local business leaders.  “This is the moment to encourage stronger contact between Canada’s provinces and our regions. As part of our process of decentralization, Peruvian regions are acquiring both more power and more responsibilities. Strengthening ties with Canada’s economically and culturally vibrant provinces could have a very positive impact for more homogenous development throughout our country, and could promote more exchanges between our civil societies.”

After a decade of consistent growth, Peru’s economy reached an average GDP growth 9.1 per cent in 2010, and poverty reduction from 48 per cent to 34 per cent in the last four years. Peru is now considered one of the leading emerging economies in Latin America, with promising projections for the medium and long term continued growth.


Release source: KEDCO | Photo: Digital composition