Canada-Peru Relations, Delivering on Commitments and Moving Forward
At the invitation of Their Excellencies, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, the President of the Republic of Peru, His Excellency Ollanta Humala Tasso, undertook a State Visit to Canada from April 8 to 11, 2014.
In their meetings, Prime Minister Harper and President Humala underlined the growing Canada-Peru relationship. This partnership is based on shared values and a shared commitment to democracy, human rights, the rule of law, trade liberalization and open economies. Both countries share a vision for a hemisphere that is characterized by prosperity, security and democratic governance. The leaders agreed that the bilateral relationship between Peru and Canada has strengthened in recent years. In this context, the leaders acknowledged that it is time to advance and expand both countries’ relationship to a new level of partnership and committed to work together toward this end.
President Humala’s State Visit to Canada this week follows the May 2013 visit of Prime Minister Harper to Peru. Demonstrating the momentum in the relationship, and building on the Joint Statement from that visit, Canada and Peru are moving forward on the following initiatives:
- The signature of a Social Security Convention, bringing immediate benefits to Canadians and Peruvians by coordinating access to pension benefits in both countries.
- Enhanced cooperation in the education sector by designating Canada as a recipient country for Peruvian students under the President’s post-graduate scholarship program.
- Enhanced defence and security cooperation, including more opportunities for training of Peruvian personnel through the Military Training Cooperation Program and support through Canada’s Global Partnership Program to combat illicit trafficking of nuclear and radiological materials.
The leaders reaffirmed the importance of bilateral trade and investment and noted that the Canada-Peru Free Trade, Labour Cooperation and Environment Agreements have helped to increase and strengthen commercial and economic ties. Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan identifies Peru as a priority market. In keeping with the important economic relationship, Prime Minister Harper and President Humala discussed the regional integration efforts of the Pacific Alliance and the leaders agreed to work together to examine ways to strengthen Canada’s engagement with this group. They also exchanged views regarding the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, and their participation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum, noting the shared importance that Canada and Peru place on trade and investment in the Asia Pacific region.
The leaders renewed their shared commitment to responsible resource development and discussed ongoing initiatives in this sector. The leaders agreed on the role of the private sector to this end, particularly through the promotion of best practices in corporate social responsibility. President Humala expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Harper for Canada’s support to improve Peru’s governance of natural resources, enhancing economic diversification and maintaining a stable regulatory environment in the mining and energy sectors.
Looking ahead, the leaders have also asked their ministers to explore how both countries can strengthen the bilateral relationship even further in such areas as education, science and technology, development, infrastructure, defence cooperation and natural resources, including through the Canada-Peru Partnership on Transparency in the Extractive Sector, announced at the Lough Erne Summit in June 2013. Today’s meetings and announcements demonstrate that there is strong momentum for Canada and Peru to continue working towards a more prosperous, secure and democratic hemisphere.
President Humala thanked Governor General Johnston and Prime Minister Harper for their warm hospitality during his State Visit to Canada.