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Official Visit to Peru: Statement by the Governor General of Canada Following his Meeting with the President of the Republic of Peru

LIMA, PERU--(Marketwire - Dec 4, 2012) - It was a pleasure that I joined President Humala yesterday to reaffirm the friendship between Canada and Peru, and to look ahead to our bright future.

I am delighted to undertake this official visit to Peru on behalf of the people of Canada. I would like to extend my gratitude to His Excellency and the government and people of Peru for welcoming my wife, Sharon, our Canadian delegation and me to this beautiful and fascinating country.

My intent in undertaking this visit is to strengthen the existing ties between our two countries, particularly in the areas of business, innovation and education. Canada and Peru have a great deal in common, and I am delighted to see the relationship between our two peoples deepen and mature.

Let me briefly highlight several important spheres where Peruvians and Canadians are working together.

One example is in our shared commitment to democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Through our membership in regional and multilateral forums, we are demonstrating our belief in the importance of dialogue and co-operation.

We are also collaborating closely with Peru to strengthen trading relationships with high growth Asia-Pacific markets, through the Trans-Pacific partnership negotiations. Canadians are also pleased to be an observer in the Pacific Alliance, and appreciates Peru''s support for Canada''s observership.

As free trade partners and partners in innovation, Canada and Peru are working to promote investment and new economic opportunities for both of our peoples. With our long-standing partnership in the Americas as part of Canada''s strategy of engagement in our shared hemisphere, we have a strong foundation upon which to extend our engagement. 

Canadians and Peruvians also recognize that the increase in our trade and investment comes with a duty to ensure corporate social responsibility and sustainable development. By keeping a broad focus on the well-being of our communities and our environment, we can build the smarter, more caring nations of which we dream.

We are also working together in the realm of education. Whether through student exchanges at the postsecondary level, post secondary studies in Canada, or by strengthening the quality of basic education in rural areas of Peru, our two countries understand that education is the key to creating enlightened, prosperous societies.

As governor general of Canada, I am delighted to have the opportunity during my visit to meet with a cross-section of Peruvians and expatriate Canadians to discuss issues of innovation, trade and education.

Together, we can promote the values that have served us well and to create prosperity and strengthen the spirit of co-operation in the region. In this way, we can make a real contribution to our shared well-being in the Americas. 

David Johnston

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