Australia re-opens its embassy in Lima, Peru

Media release

Canberra

8 October 2010

The Australian Embassy in Lima re-opened on 30 September 2010, following the presentation of credentials by Australia's new Ambassador to Peru, John M L Woods.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd was pleased to see delivery of the Australian Government commitment made to President Alan Garcia of Peru in November 2008 to re-open the Australian Embassy in Lima in 2010.

“The decision reflects the growing importance of bilateral links between Australia and Peru,” said Mr Rudd.

“Australia's commercial presence in Peru has more than tripled since 2004 to around 64 companies.

As the world's largest producer of silver and second largest producer of copper and zinc, Peru has a large and important mining sector. Australia is already a substantial investor in the Peruvian mining sector with current investment estimated at well over $1 billion and the potential for significant growth over the next few years, with more than $3 billion in new projects pending.”

Exports of Australian mining goods and services have also benefited from the rapid expansion of the mining industry in Peru.

“It is now estimated that two-thirds of mines in Peru run Australian specialist mining software and this is set to increase as more Australian companies become active in the sector.”

“Increasingly, Australia and Peru work closely in regional and multilateral fora. As Asia Pacific partners, we share a common perspective on many of the most pressing international issues,” said Mr Rudd.

With the re-opening of the Embassy in Lima, Australia now has representation in all APEC member economies.

Both Australia and Peru promote liberalisation of trade and investment in APEC and the Cairns Group of agricultural exporting countries.

Australia and Peru are two of the eight Asia Pacific nations negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement which aims to increase economic integration in the region.

The new Embassy will continue to operate from the premises of the former Australian Consulate-General in Lima and plans are in place to move to a new Chancery in 2011.

The Australian Embassy in Peru had been closed since 1986.

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