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Events Lima, 10-11 June 2013

EU and Peruvian stakeholders discuss how to make the most of the EU – Peru trade agreement

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On 10-11 June 2013 in Lima (Peru), around 250 Peruvian and European officials, experts, and business representatives discussed the opportunities offered by the EU-Peru trade agreement at the EU seminar on “Peru and the European Union: from the trade agreement to trade opportunities”.

The seminar was attended, inter alia, by Joao Aguiar Machado, Deputy Director-General of the Trade Directorate-General and chief negotiator of the Agreement for the European Commission; Carlos Posada Ugaz, Peruvian Vice-Minister for External Trade; and Hans Alldén, EU Ambassador to Peru.

During the two-day seminar, main features of the trade agreement were discussed, such as its potential benefits and challenges, the framework to boost investment in a socially responsible way, as well as the relevant technical details related to key export sectors, such as agro-food, fisheries and textiles. Other trade issues, such as services, public procurement, sanitary, phytosanitary and other standards as well as technical requirements, labelling and rules of origin were also addressed during the seminar.

Business leaders from both sides of the Atlantic outlined case studies and success stories, and presented their recommendations on how to boost trade and investment relations for economic growth and job creation. The Trade Agreement is to move the relationship beyond the unilateral trade preferences to a more integrated and diversified trade and investment relations, with a great potential not only for traditional products (such as commodities – agro-food and mining) but also for innovative, high added-value sectors.

The seminar is part of a broader EU outreach effort to ensure the take up of the trade agreement, namely by the private sector.

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