LIMA – Peru is “full” of opportunities for Spanish businesses, particularly in the areas of infrastructure and the development of “strategic projects” in a country with which Spain enjoys “close and fluid relations,” the European nation’s development minister, Iñigo de la Serna, said on Monday.
In an interview with EFE in Lima, at the start of an official tour of Peru and Colombia oriented towards strengthening the “institutional contact” with both countries and dealing with Spanish firms operating there, the minister emphasized Madrid’s desire to continue deepening an already close relationship and offering all sorts of possibilities to Spanish companies to contribute to the development of the Andean nation.
“Peru has problems like other countries have, but this is a great country and it has great economic and financial capacity, with a very low level of debt, ... a spectacular GDP growth rate. It has all the requirements for growth to be accompanied with infrastructure development ... and what (Spanish) companies make clear is that the ingredients are there to be able to continue pushing forward,” he said.
De la Serna kicked off his visit with a meeting with Spanish firms operating in the country, a place where “they feel comfortable” and in which they see “opportunities” that can be responded to in various ways.
“I think that there’s full agreement among the companies that the Peruvian government is doing everything it can to push strategic projects ... We’re at a point where interesting initiatives can be launched for the country in which (the Spanish firms) have something to ... contribute,” he said.
The minister said that the message he will bring to Peruvian authorities will be simply “a request to continue trusting, as they already do, in Spanish companies,” which in Peru have already set “a good example of effective and efficient management” and with a high degree of “social responsibility.”
“The Spanish companies are here to contribute, to be at the disposal (of Peru) and they can (provide) agility and quality in the execution” of assorted projects, he added.
De la Serna also said that on Monday he will sign a memorandum of understanding between the two countries, the content of which will be “very broad,” to facilitate relations in matters of public projects, particularly in the areas of consulting.
During his trip, De la Serna is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Mercedes Araoz and Transportation Minister Bruno Giuffra, with whom he will discuss the issues on his agenda and to whom he will transmit the Spanish government’s gratitude for Peru’s “firm and decisive” stance regarding “the national sovereignty of Spain” during the institutional crisis involving Catalonia.