Peru, a "preferred partner" for the Basque Country
The Peruvian Prime Minister, Juan Jiménez Mayor, is currently visiting the Basque Country. This morning, he met with Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu, the Basque Premier, who described Peru as a "partner of choice" in the internationalisation process of Basque companies. Urkullu stressed that Peru is a country of "opportunity and growth" that offers investment and business opportunities in "cutting-edge" sectors such as energy, petro-chemical or the infrastructures and telecommunications sector. The Lehendakari reiterated that the future of the Basque Country cannot be built "oblivious to the world, but rather by working to open countries such as Peru". Apart from "consolidating" the relationship between Peru and the Basque Country, Lehendakari Urkullu stressed that one of the objectives of this visit is "to establish an ongoing relationship" between both countries. On the other hand, the Lehendakari explained that another of the objectives of this visit by the Peruvian Prime Minister is to do with the so-called "knowledge triangle": university, research and innovation; points of "priority interest" for both countries that may lead, according to Iñigo Urkullu himself, to "bridges for relationships and co-operation" being built.
Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu welcomed a Peruvian delegation led by the Prime Minister, Juan Jiménez Mayor, at the Ajuria Enea Palace. The Basque Government's Minister for Economic Development and Competitiveness, Arantza Tapia, the Secretary General for External Action, Marian Elorza, and the Director for External Relations, Leyre Madariaga, were also present.
Following the reception at Ajuria Enea, the Peruvian delegation went to the Basque Parliament, where it was met by the Speaker, Bakartxo Tejeria. Their visit to the Basque Country today will continue at the Miñano Technology Park in Álava and, in the afternoon, they will go to the Machine Tool Institute in Elgoibar (Gipuzkoa).