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Bilateral economic relations between Peru and China in the context of the Pacific Alliance

17 April 2014 (18:00-20:00)

Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) China invites you to attend a public lecture presented by Vladimír Kočerha from Economic and Commercial Office of Peru in Shanghai, China.

About the lecture

China-Peru economic relations date back to many centuries which included the migration of tens of thousands of Chinese citizens to Latin America beginning in 1849, particularly Peru. Presently, close to eight per cent of the Peruvian population has some sort of Chinese ancestry.

Fast-forward to the 1970s, after the establishment of diplomatic relations between Peru and China, trade was slow at first but in the past ten years it has experienced an amazing growth. This led to the negotiation and signing of a free trade agreement (FTA) that entered into force in March 2010. As a consequence, China became in 2011 and 2012 the major trading partner for Peru. Moreover, there is a keen interest of Chinese companies to invest in Peru, particularly in the mining and fisheries industries.

This is just the beginning of a closer relationship and cooperation between Peru and China, as there are endless opportunities for Chinese companies to invest in Peru.

Nowadays, Peru is working together with three strategic partners in the region (Chile, Colombia and Mexico) to establish what is known as the Pacific Alliance. The four countries share several things in common, but particularly, its open-market policies and trade promotion. This is bringing greater and newer opportunities for cooperation and business with Chinese firms to which younger generations should take advantage.

Speaker biography

Vladimír Kočerha is the Economic and Commercial Counsellor of Peru in Shanghai, China. His work comprises commercial promotion, as well as tourism and investment attraction to Peru.

Before coming to Shanghai, Mr Kočerha worked for the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) in Washington, DC, and was a Consultant for the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

He also served at the Peruvian Embassy in Washington DC, as part of the team that negotiated the US-Peru Free Trade Agreement and previously, worked in Lima for the Peruvian Government at different stages of his professional career including as Chief Advisor to the External Debt Negotiator and as Manager of the Economic Promotion Unit at PromPerú.

Mr Kočerha is an US-educated Economist and Political Scientist, and has received his Master's degree from Georgetown University in Washington DC in Latin American Studies. He is also a PhD (ABD) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in Hispanic American Literature.