Peruvian president launches national plan to boost economic growth
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala on Friday unveiled the National Productive Diversification Plan which aims to boost economic growth, diversification and sophistication, reduce dependence on commodity prices, improve productivity and increase formal employment.
"This is a comprehensive, multi-sectoral, national, regional and local plan including private and public sectors," said the president, noting that the challenge is to reduce inequality in the country.
During his speech, the head of State added that this national plan will be a milestone in the Republican history of Peru, as it will expand its productive base, consolidate middle class and provide more development opportunities to young people.
To that end, the president said it is important to place more emphasis on education and training of young Peruvians, through policies promoted by the Government such as scholarship programs, and the enactment of laws such as the new University Act.
"Today, we need professionals and technicians to move the wheel of domestic production," he said, recalling that countries that invest in education and training have an advantage over others and are world leaders.
"Today, we have more than 30,000 students who are receiving education here and abroad to generate a critical mass of people who can manage and add value to what we now have to produce," he added.
In this line, the Peruvian leader noted that his administration will build high-performance public schools with international baccalaureate, thus enabling young Peruvians to enter universities abroad.
Finally, he said that "in the framework of the national plan, we have begun the execution of mega projects such as Talara, Metro's Line 2, the Southern Gas Pipeline (GSP), among others, which will create the necessary conditions to attract development and greater investment."
“It is necessary to analyze the potential of each sector of the national production and of the country’s large regions, which have major ports, water resources, infrastructure and natural resources for their development," he added.
Lima, August 8th, 2014.
Peruvian president meets with head of China Development and Reform Commission in Lima
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala met with the chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission of the People's Republic of China, Xu Shaoshi, on Friday at the Government Palace, in Lima.
The meeting aimed to follow up the agreements reached during a meeting between the Peruvian leader and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit held in Brazil on July 14-16.
At the meeting, Humala and Shaoshi discussed various issues of mutual interest such as the cooperation on designing and building a railway between Peru and Brazil, in the framework of the Tripartite Declaration signed by the three countries in Brasilia.
Also, they talked about issues of cooperation on mining and energy and the negotiation prospects within the framework of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 20).
Lima, August 8th, 2014.
Peruvian president arrives in Mexico on official visit
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala arrived in Mexico on Thursday for a two-day official visit.
Upon his arrival at the Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City, President Humala was welcomed by a delegation of Mexican officials, led by the foreign minister.
In the next hours, the Peruvian leader will hold a meeting with his Mexican counterpart Enrique Peña Nieto.
President Humala traveled accompanied by Foreign Minister Gonzalo Gutierrez.
Mexico City, July 17th, 2014.
Peruvian president meets with Executive Secretary of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala Tasso held talks with the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres, on July 14th in Berlin.
At the meeting, Figueres expressed her satisfaction with the fact that Peru will host the COP20 later this year in Lima, which she said will definitely be a success.
They also vowed to achieve a substantive and ambitious contribution through the efforts of both countries, according to their respective capabilities.
Berlin, July 14th, 2014.
Peru’s Humala meets with France's Hollande in Paris
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala met Tuesday with his French counterpart, François Hollande, in Paris as part of his state visit to France.
According to Foreign Minister Gonzalo Gutierrez, who was also present at the meeting, the two leaders talked cordially about various issues of mutual interest such as the expansion of bilateral ties through cooperation in health, defense and education, with a focus on increasing the number of scholarships for young Peruvians who want to study in France.
Details of the Multiparty Agreement between Peru and the European Union (EU) were also discussed at the meeting, where President Hollande announced that the agreement will be fully ratified by the National Assembly of France before the end of this year.
Also, the French president told his Peruvian counterpart that France will support Peru’s aspirations to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Finally, the two presidents vowed to increase cooperation between authorities from both countries in the build-up to the climate summits to be held in Lima this year and in Paris in 2015.
“They have agreed to work together to promote a document in which countries contributing to the so-called Green Fund, provide more support in the areas of environmental conservation and assume new commitments on reducing greenhouse gases," said Minister Gutierrez.
At his arrival at the Elysee Palace, President Humala was honored by the First Regiment of Infantry of the Republican Guard.
Peru's ambassador to France, Christina Velita; and Ambassador Manuel Rodriguez Cuadros accompanied the Peruvian president during this meeting.
Paris, July 1st, 2014.
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