MADRID – Spain’s King Juan Carlos expressed to visiting Peruvian President Ollanta Humala his confidence over the increase in bilateral trade and emphasized the confidence that the Andean nation was engendering among small- and mid-sized Spanish companies who would like to trade abroad.
In the toast he offered at the dinner in his honor hosted by the king at the Royal Palace, the Peruvian leader expressed his hope that Spain would expand its development aid to Lima in areas such as healthcare and education and that Spanish investments would create better job opportunities in the South American nation.
Before some 90 invited guests from both countries, the monarch emphasized the contribution of large Spanish firms to Peru’s economic growth, “without forgetting their involvement in the area of social responsibility.”
In addition, he emphasized that the Peruvian market is becoming a preferred destination for small- and mid-sized Spanish companies that “can also transfer their experience” to sectors that the Humala administration wants to enhance, including “tourism, energy and infrastructure, as well as applied science and technology.”
Spain is the No. 1 foreign investor in Peru, Humala noted, and Juan Carlos emphasized his confidence that trade “will be able to increase” after the entry into force of the accord between Peru and the European Union.
In addition, Peru “is and will continue to be a priority country for Spanish aid,” the king said. EFE