Mr. Forsyth added that he doesn't limit partnership thinking to economics. Education is very much on his mind as well, he said, noting that he is a firm supporter of President Obama's “100,000 Strong in the Americas,” the plan to have 100,000 students and educators sent in both directions by 2020.
He especially feels this way, he said, since meeting with former President Carter the morning beforehand who encouraged him to seek out partnerships with Georgia institutions of higher learning.
What the ambassador failed to address on the micro-level, Erick Aponte, Peru's trade counselor based in Miami filled in.
Mr. Aponte said that Peru had benefited from a growing consciousness in the U.S. of the health challenges presented by an increasingly obese population as well as an aging population.
Americans want healthier lifestyles,” he said, and Peru is doing its best by providing fruits and vegetables to meet that demand. Even $30 million worth of onions were shipped into Atlanta last year, he said, without mentioning the competition provided by locally grown Vidalia onions.
Health consciousness goes beyond diet, he added, with Peru providing organic products for cosmetics and textiles.
Peru also offers many opportunities for Georgia investors, he said. Already it imports a wide variety of goods including turbines, woodpulp, and textile floor covering, but the opportunities for foreign direct investment remain unfulfilled.
He cited the growth of retail goods for Peru's emerging middle class and then opportunities for agriculture and tourism infrastructure, water treatment facilities, and housing, among others.
For more information, cal the Consulate General of Peru at (678) 336-7010