Latin American Crossroads: Georgia’s Ties With Peru
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In spite of its president’s resignation in March, Peru has continued its solid growth path as it rapidly embraces market forces and multilateral institutions. The resource-rich, biologically diverse country of 32 million people lags Mexico alone in the World Bank’s rankings for ease of doing business Latin America.
Beyond giants like Coca-Cola and Delta, though, Georgia firms have been slow to tap into the market. Keen not to lose any more ground, the state’s economic-development arm opened a Lima office in March and took a trade delegation there in April. In July, the Georgia Ports Authority will send leaders there to further logistics links and enhance trade in tangelos, grapes, asparagus and other crops.
Join Global Atlanta, Emory Executive Education and the Consulate General of Peru as we convene expert speakers to explore the nuances of the Peruvian market and the ways this important South American country is already connected to our state.
Introductory remarks: Miguel Aleman Urteaga, Consul General of Peru in Atlanta
Business and Trade Panel:
-Dealmaking in Peru’s many fast-growing sectors — Luis Felipe Segura, Director, PwC
-How Georgia’s Ports are deepening agricultural trade with Peru — Chris Logan, Senior Director – Trade Development, Georgia Ports Authority
-Why Georgia opened its newest office in Lima — Mary Waters, Deputy Commissioner, International Trade, Georgia Department of Economic Development
-A mining company’s perspective on a Peruvian trade mission: Robbie Cowsert, Kamin LLC
Cultural and Educational Perspectives
Hear 5-minute updates from Georgians who’ve recently traveled to Peru to advance their initiatives, creating connections back home in the process. The lineup:
-Stan Mullins, international visual artist in Athens, Ga., recently met in Lima with Peruvian artist Victor Delfin, a 90-year-old sculptor whose famous “The Kiss” is an iconic piece of public art anchoring a key coastal park place in the capital. The artists connected on the history of indigenous cultures, as Mr. Mullins is in the midst of creating a massive bronze statue of Yamacraw Indian Chief Tomochichi, who interacted peacefully with British colonists first arriving in Georgia.
-Ernesto Silva, a professor at Kennesaw State University, is returning May 28 from taking his latest cohort of Spanish study-abroad participants to Peru. Mr. Silva was instrumental in the university’s “Year of Peru” program in 2011-12, and he has been an advocate for Peruvian cuisine and the use of the culinary arts to advance the country’s economy.
-Giannina Bettis, a Peru native and long-time Georgia resident, imports fabrics and other handicrafts from Peruvian villages, embroidering them on bags and clothing that can be sold by her company, Peruvian Stamp. A portion of each sale goes back to the artisans who craft the designs. She also operates a tourism service and will be traveling to Peru in July.