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Former Senior DFAT Officer, Mr Nicolas Brown, co-author of Trading Nation, offered a Seminar at Universidad del Pacifico (UP), organized by the Australian Embassy and the International Business School from the UP

5 March 2014

Nicolas Brown, former Assistant Secretary of the Canada and Latin America Branch of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and co-author of the recently published Trading Nation, (UNSW Press 2013), gave a seminar at Universidad del Pacifico (UP) regarding commercial relations between Australia and the region, particularly with Peru.

Trading Nation examines how, in pursuing economic reform, trade policy should be shaped to promote a country’s interests particularly in the context of the changing global trading environment, and Mr Brown developed these themes in his presentation. He stressed the interaction between domestic economic reform and the trade negotiations agenda; He talked about the commercial bonds between Australia and Latin America and new opportunities for trade the region. The message concerning the importance of continuing economic reform to achieve prosperity is important for a country like Peru, already well advanced in its regional integration through the Pacific alliance and as a party to the TPP negotiations.

Professor Rosario Santa Gadea, the Coordinator of Economics, Business and International Relations at UP’s Research Centre was the discussant for Mr Brown’s presentation.. Professor Rosario emphasised two areas of interest in the economic relationship with Australia: Firstly the lessons we can share from our experiences in the mining sector and secondly our shared interest in expanding relations with Asia The seminar brought together officials from the Ministry of Trade and Tourism, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UP’s researchers and students and Embassy staff.


International Women’s Day 2014
SALTA’s Closing Event: Strengthening Women’s entrepreneurial capacities

7 March 2014

A major event celebrating the conclusion of the SALTA Program was held on the eve of International Women’s Day. This program, implemented with Australian funds in alliance with MiBanco and the Inter-American Development Bank, trained over 100,000 women in basic financial skills from micro and small enterprises from all 24 regions of Peru.

The Conference, called “Women Entrepreneurs, Inclusion and the Future”, brought together Peru’s First Lady, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands (the UN’s representative for Financial Inclusion), the General Manager of the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) and representatives from the IDB, government, business, the diplomatic community and over 200 women entrepreneurs beneficiaries of the Program to celebrate the closure of two training programs, one of which (SALTA) was the first such program to be funded by Australia in Latin America.

Queen Maxima gave the keynote speech, in which she praised Peruvian women for their entrepreneurial spirit. As UN Secretary General special advocate for inclusive finance for development and honorary chair of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion, Queen Maxima highlighted the importance of both public and private sector’s commitment to financial inclusion for a country’s progress.

The distinguished panellists included ex Minister for Development and Social Inclusion, Carolina Trivelli, who stressed the importance of designing financial products that are adequate for the financial inclusion, particularly of women. Clemencia Aramburu, Senior Program Manager of the Australian Cooperation, chaired one of the panels.

Ambassador Woods reiterated Australia’s commitment to improve economic results for women since their financial empowerment contributes to poverty reduction and gender equality. “We are very proud to be part of this Program and of all of the women entrepreneurs that took part in it and that have been able to expand their businesses contributing, day by day, towards Peru’s development”, he concluded.

Australian Guitarist, Scott Borg, will perform at the 25th International Guitar Festival, organized by ICPNA

March, 2014

Mr Borg will be performing on Tuesday 18 March, 7.30pm, at the ICPNA Auditorium in Miraflores (Av. Angamos Oeste 120). This year's edition of the Festival will bring together artists from Germany, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Cuba/bolivia, Chile, Spain, Italy, the United States and Peru.

Mr Borg began his guitar studies at the age of seven and was soon after accepted into the young artists program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Currently a candidate in the Doctorate of Musical Arts program at New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Maestro Eliot Fisk, he received his Artist Diploma (Yale University), Masters of Music (The Juilliard School) and BAchelor of Creative Arts with First Class Honours (Universiy of Wollongong).

Mr Borg is currently on faculty at the Levine School of Music in Washington D.C. and is Director of the Boston Guitar Orchestra.


The Australia Day Reception – 30 January 2014

January, 2014

The Australian Embassy Residence on the Malecon overlooking the Pacific coast of the Barranco district provided the perfect setting for this year’s Australia Day reception hosted on 30 January by Ambassador and Mrs Woods. The event was attended by over 450 guests, including senior government officials, business people and representatives of civil society, media and the cultural sector, who enjoyed the sunset reception, the fireworks, Australian wine and the increasingly popular kangaroo meat canapes.

During his speech, Ambassador Woods mentioned how in 2013 Australia had succeeded in building on its vital trade, economic and investment links with Peru, by developing new cultural links, showcased by the superb performance of the internationally renowned Sydney Dance Company at the Gran Teatro Nacional in September and the wonderful exhibition of Peruvian pre-Columbian art at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Ambassador Woods also highlighted the Australian contribution in capacity building, governance and human development, particularly the recently concluded SALTA project, implemented with Mibanco and the IDB, which provided basic financial education to 100,000 women micro-entrepreneurs in Peru.

Guests included Peruvian Minister for Agriculture, Milton von Hesse and Mrs von Hesse, the Vice-president of Peruvian Congress, Carmen Ormonte; the President of the Peru-Australia parliamentary friendship league, Carlos Bruce; Ambassador Alberto Salas, Secretary-General of The Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and a range of distinguished politicians, business leaders and senior officials.

Thirteen Australian companies with offices in Peru partnered with the Embassy for this highlight event of the year. Ambassador Woods thanked Andean Hydro, Antamina, Apurimac Ferrum, Ausenco, Austin Engineering, Bernizon Benavides Lawyers, Downing Teal, Glencore, Karoon, Laconia, Latin Resources, Rio Tinto and Transmin for their support and everybody who had contributed to make the past year so successful in advancing the Australia-Peru relationship.

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Energy, Development and Life
More than 40 000 improved cooking stoves implemented in Peru supported by the Australian Government


December, 2013

The Programme Energising Development (EnDev - Peru) through funds provided by the Australian Government, has implemented 42 039 improved certified cooking stoves in Peru, promoting pollution-free homes.

Between August 2012 and December 2013, EnDev (implemented by GIZ Peru) has provided technical assistance to public and private institutions for the implementation of improved certified cooking stoves in rural communities of Tacna, Cusco, Cajamarca, among others. Thanks to this initiative, more than 200 000 Peruvians can live in pollution-free houses and dedicate less time and resources in stocking up on firewood.

The exhaust gases and smoke caused by burning wood or diesel fuels in the home present a health risk for the household members, with women and children being by far the most affected by the situation. In view of this situation, improving access to clean and sustainable energy supplies makes an important contribution to development, above all to poverty reduction and environmental protection.

EnDev is a global initiative that aims at providing energy access to households, social institutions and small and medium-sized enterprises in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. This is done by establishing economically sustainable energy solutions and distribution schemes, mainly for rural communities.

Born in 2004, from an alliance between the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, this program is funded by donations from several countries including Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, Norway, and Switzerland. EnDev is a good example of how donor harmonisation and delegated cooperation can increase the overall impact of interventions by combining resources, avoiding duplication of efforts, and achieving economies of scale.

In Peru, EnDev coordinates its actions with the Program “Cocina Peru” from the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the program “Mi Chacra Productiva” from FONCODES (Social Cooperation Fund) and the program “Qali Warma” from the Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion; and works closely with agencies from the UN system such as UNOPS propagating strategies for the mass use of improved cooking stoves, creating a favourable institutional surrounding, strengthening processes for to respond to demand and developing a pilot project for the commercialization of stove parts in rural markets.

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 Helping disabled Peruvian Children

New multi-sensorial stimulation room in Lima will benefit 90 children with deaf-blindness, autism and other multiple disabilities
December 2013

On 3 December, International Day of People with Disability, the NGO Sense International Peru and the Special Basic Education Centre “Surco” (CEBE Surco) inaugurated a multisensory stimulation room, funded by the Embassy of Australia through the Direct Aid Program (DAP).
Part of the state system (publicly funded), this school provides education for 94 students affected by multiple disability. The inauguration ceremony was attended by officials from the Ministry of Education, the Director of NGO Sense Internacional-Peru, the CEBE's principal and staff, a representative from the Catholic church, students and their parents. This room will benefit 94 children, coming from Surco and other nearby districts, age 3 to 18 with cerebral palsy, autism, multiple disabilities and Down syndrome.

This room was equipped as part of the project: Promoting access to education for people with deaf-blindness and multi-sensory impairment, funded through the 2013-14 Direct Aid Program – DAP - and implemented by the NGO Sense Internacional - Peru. The project focuses on the training and certification of specialised teachers in two major Peruvian cities: Lima and Arequipa; as well as on the creation of multi-sensory educational resources. The training sessions also involve the parents and families so that they are aware and represent their deaf-blind and multi-sensory impaired relatives in the exercise of their rights.

Disability-inclusive development is a priority for Australia’s aid program with Australia considered a world leader among donors. “Australia encourages all countries to give increased attention to including people with disability in development, through their national development plans and through aid programs and partnerships. (…) It is not right – and it makes no economic sense – that a person’s disability should determine whether they can go to school, or get a job or participate in community life”, said Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms Julie Bishop, in her statement to the United Nations High Level Meeting on Disability and Development on September.

To read her statement in full:

National Gallery of Australia opens major international exhibition for summer 2013-2014

5 December 2013

The National Gallery of Australia today held the official media preview for the major summer exhibition Gold and the Incas: Lost worlds of Peru. The exhibition opens to the public on 6 December 2013 and closes on 21 April 2014. It will be on display in Canberra only.

Gold and the Incas reveals the splendour, drama and beauty of ancient Peru and the famous empire of the Incas. This remarkable exhibition features more than 200 works of art including spectacular gold pieces, scintillating jewellery, textiles and sculptures created thousands of years
ago to decorate nobility in life and in death. Gold and the Incas is the only comprehensive exhibition of Peruvian art ever staged in Australia.

‘Ten private and public museums in Peru have generously lent some of their greatest treasures to the National Gallery of Australia for this spectacular exhibition’, said Ron Radford AM, Director, National Gallery of Australia. ‘We anticipate Gold and the Incas: Lost worlds of Peru will be a major drawcard for families and we look forward to welcoming interstate and international visitors to Canberra over the summer months’, he said.

For more than 3000 years before the Spanish came to Peru, great cultures rose and fell, were conquered by others or absorbed into them. Almost every artefact that survives was buried with their owners, to be re-discovered in modern times. In the last 100 years there have been extraordinary archaeological finds, and much scientific research is occurring today.

Deputy Chief Minister, Andrew Barr MLA said, “The ACT Government is once again very pleased to be supporting the National Gallery of Australia in staging a major international summer exhibition. The past two summer blockbusters, Renaissance and Toulouse-Lautrec, have resulted in an overall economic impact to the ACT of more than $112 million.”

‘The National Gallery of Australia’s track record in bringing visitors to Canberra over the previously quieter summer months speaks for itself and we look forward to Gold and the Incas attracting families, who also visit other national attractions.’ he said.

As well as being highly-skilled gold and silversmiths, sculptors, potters and weavers, the artisans of Peruvian civilisation included in their works religious and political ideas based on the importance of the natural world. Lively depictions of animals, birds and fish decorate the works of art.
Technological inventions such as the knotted string quipu provide a new outlook on the sophisticated world of the Incas.

‘It is amazing how inventive these artists were’, said Christine Dixon, Senior Curator of International Painting and Sculpture at the National Gallery, and curator of the exhibition. ‘Their creative powers speak to us across the centuries: sculptors used gold, silver, wood, shell, clay and stone as their means of expression, as well as weavers who experimented with dazzling patterns and motifs. I think this is great art that most of us have never encountered before.’

The National Gallery of Australia would like to acknowledge all our valued Partners for their generous support. In particular, we thank the ACT Government through Visit Canberra for its continued financial support towards the national marketing campaigns for the Gallery’s major
exhibitions and the Australian Government International Exhibitions Insurance Program, which has indemnified the exhibition. We thank our Art Education and Access Partner National Australia Bank and Principal Partner Nine Entertainment Group. We also acknowledge longstanding sponsors Yulgilbar Foundation as Family Activity Room partner, Qantas as the official airline and Qantas Freight as the official freight partner of Gold and the Incas and welcome our new Major Partner, PromPeru. We extend our gratitude to the National Gallery of Australia Council Exhibitions Fund, Novotel Canberra and Canberra Airport, who once again demonstrate their commitment to arts.

The National Gallery of Australia is grateful to its committed media partners: JC Decaux, Win Television, ABC Radio and Fairfax Media’s The Canberra Times, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

The exhibition is staged to mark the 50th anniversary of Australian-Peruvian diplomatic relations, and is organised in co-operation with the Peruvian Ministry of Culture. The lending institutions for Gold and the Incas: Lost Worlds of Peru include: under the Ministerio de Cultura del Perú: Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia del Perú, Lima, Museo Nacional de Sicàn, Ferreñafe, Museo Arqueológico Nacional Brüning, Lambayeque, Sala de Oro del Museo Municipal Vicús, Piura, Museo de Sitio de Chan Chan, Dos Cabezas, Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipán, Lambayeque. Other lending institutions include: Universidad Nacional de Trujillo Museo de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia, Trujillo, Museo Oro del Perú, Lima, Museo Larco, Lima and Cusco, Fundación Museo Amano, Lima.

Our popular Yulgilbar Family Activity Room has been expanded within the exhibition with fun and educational activities created for children 3-12 years. Visit Canberra this summer to discover the lost treasures of Peru and uncover the mysteries of the Incas.
Tickets are available through Ticketek: or 1300 795 012
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Eight professionals from Peru and Bolivia awarded scholarships to continue their postgraduate studies in Australia

November, 2013

Eight highly qualified professionals from Peru and Bolivia have been awarded the Australia Awards Scholarships, funded by the Australian Government, to commence their postgraduate study programs in January 2014. This prestigious award offers young leaders in the region the opportunity to continue their study, research and professional development in Australia.

This year, three Peruvian and five Bolivian citizens have been selected through a competitive process, to continue their studies at postgraduate and doctorate level in some of the best-ranked universities in Australia.

The eight Australia Awards scholars will continue their studies in areas such as public policy and management, rural development, sustainability and international development, among others.

Since 2010, the Australian Government, first through the “Australian Development Scholarships” and then through the “Australia Awards Scholarships”, has funded 254 postgraduate scholarships throughout Latin America. 19 Peruvians have received scholarships during the last four years to continue their studies in mining development and management, water, rural sustainability, governance and natural resources; all important themes for the development of the country. In this way, the cooperation links between Australia and Peru are being strengthened.

The Australian Government recognises education develops skills and knowledge, builds enduring people, country and professional links, and has the power to influence positive change in society.


Remembrance Day

11 November 2013

At 5am on 11 November 1918, three German government representatives accepted the Armistice terms presented to them by an allied commander, General Foch of the French Army. The demands of the Armistice included the withdrawal of German forces to the east bank of the Rhine within 30 days; immediate cessation of warfare; and surrender of the German fleet and all heavy guns with no further negotiations until the signing of the peace treaty.
The armistice became effective at 11am the same day, and as the guns fell silent on the Western Front in France and Belgium, four years of hostilities ended.
The cease-fire was made permanent the following year when members of the Commonwealth and the League of Nations signed the Treaty of Versailles. People across the world celebrated the war's end - celebrations tempered by thoughts of the enormous suffering and loss of life resulting from the War.
World War I began in 1914 and lasted for four years. More than 416 000 Australians volunteered for service in World War I. Of these, 324 000 served overseas. More than 60 000 Australians were killed, including 45 000 who died on the Western Front in France and Belgium and more than 8 000 who died on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. As well as Australian soldiers, many nurses in the Australian Army Nursing Service served on the Western Front. These nurses worked in overcrowded hospitals for up to 16 hours a day, looking after soldiers with shocking injuries and burns. Those who worked in hospitals close to the fighting were also in danger of being shelled by the enemy.

SNUFF PUPPETS, Australian giant puppets, to perform in Lima for the first time

Wednesday 30 October, 2013

Wedhus Gembel is a spectacular cross-cultural collaboration between Australian giant puppet company, Snuff Puppets and independent artists from Indonesia. This extraordinary visual and physical theatrical experience is touring for the first time at the Festival De Artes Escenicas De Lima for a limited season of free, public performances in Plaza Mayor De Lima and Plaza San Martin.SEASON DETAILS
When and where:
Saturday 9 November at 6.00pm – Plaza Mayor De Lima
Sunday 10 November at 6.00pm – Plaza San Martin
Monday 11 November at 6.00pm – Plaza San Martin
Price: FREE
More Information:
395 Barkly St Footscray Vic Australia 3011
Ph +61 3 9687 9133

Part ritual, part performance, Wedhus Gembel explores the tensions between traditional and contemporary Indonesian life. The show is a parable about the cycle of life, the destructive power of nature and how innocence and beauty can be disguised in a monster. With its colour, chaos, magic, mythology, live music and giant puppets, Wedhus Gembel is a not to be missed production…and itʼs free!

“Wedhus Gembel is an affirmation of the power of cultural collaborations. Creation of the production began in 2006, a unique experience that took Snuff Puppets deep into the amazing artistic cultural life of Java. An inspiring way to make new theatre, simultaneously developing the artists and community participants, personally, artistically and cross culturally. Together we created this large scale spectacle with a mountain that volcanically erupts, a monster that devours the whole cast, magical singing, trances, classical and contemporary puppetry, mask and dance theatre.” Andy Freer, Snuff Puppets Artistic Director.

The production includes a 2-day workshop with local com.pany, La Gran Marcha de los Munecones, to create new performance content to incorporate local artists and stories in the performance of each show. The Wedhus Gembel presentation in Peru will therefore be a three way cross-cultural collaboration between Australian, Indonesian and Peruvian artists.

Snuff Puppetsʼ Wedhus Gembel exemplifies modern Australiaʼs cultural engagement with our regional Asian neighbours. This tour to Lima also marks a celebration of 50 years of diplomatic relations between Australia
and Peru.

This project has been made possible with the support of the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and it agencies – the Australia International Cultural Council (AICC), The Australia Indonesia Institute (AII), and the Council of Australian Latin American Relations (COALAR), as well as the Australia Council for the Arts. The Peruvian tour is an initiative of FAMA services with support of the above agencies.

Promotional show images:
(image credit - Jorge de Araujo)
Media enquiries: Katrina Chandra, Tour/Production Manager –
Or Andy Freer, Artistic Director Ph: +61 433 234 104


Australia awarded best international stand at the 31st edition of PERUMIN - EXTEMIN

October, 2013

Following the success of this year’s edition of Peru’s Mining Conference PERUMIN, the Organising Committee through its President, Mr Abraham Chahuan, recognised the best exhibitors at its Technological Fair EXTEMIN 2013. Australia received the award for best international pavilion.

Organised by the Australian Trade Commission – Austrade - Office in Lima, 25 Australian enterprises exhibited as part of the Australian pavilion, including representatives from the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland and Griffith University. Renowned professionals such as Professor Peter Dowd, head of Mining Education Australia, and Dr Mike Trefry from CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) were specially invited guests and gave well-received presentations.

EXTEMIN hosted 2000 stands for more than 1000 companies representing 28 countries. Peru’s biennial mining conference took place in the city of Arequipa, south of Peru, from 16 to 20 September, 2013. According to the organisers, it brought together a historic record of 100 000 visitors from 48 countries.


Gold and the Incas, first exhibition of Peruvian Art in Australia

The National Gallery of Australia will host the first Peruvian art exhibition in the country. During four months, the exhibition will showcase more than 200 archaeological artifacts from pre-hispanic cultures of Peru. more information at Gold and the Incas. Lost worlds of Peru.






To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Australia-Peru diplomatic relations, the Embassy of Australia invites you to a Gala Evening with Australia’s leading contemporary dance company. On September 25, at the Gran Teatro Nacional, the Sydney Dance Company will perform its show 2 One Another, which recently swept the Australian Dance Awards, winning awards for Outstanding Company Performance, Outstanding Achievement in Choreography and Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer. After the show, the audience will have the chance to join the dancers for a reception hosted by the Embassy in the Theatre's foyer. Tickets are now on sale at TuEntrada of Plaza Vea and Vivanda, or at Australian citizens will get a 10% discount upon presentation of their passport.



Australian Presence at Extemin 2013

• Extemin is held every second year. Over 5000 decision makers from mining companies in Peru and Latin American attend this event.

• This conference represents an opportunity for your company to raise its profile, meet/network with potential customers, allies and government authorities.

• Australia has participated since 2003, and has become one of the largest and most recognised international pavilions.

• 2013 will feature a Mining Education Lounge and more than 22 Australian suppliers with 24 Australian companies in total.

• Australian Companies at Perumin:
1. AK Drilling
2. Ausenco Limited
3. Ausproof Pty. Ltd
4. CouplerTech Electronic Rustproofing
5. Emeco International Pty. Ltd
6. Gekko systems
7. Griffith University
8. Hella Asutralia Pty Ltd
10. Immersive Technologies Pty. Ltd
11. Latin Resources Limited
12. Maptek Pty. Limited
13. Micromine Chile
14. Mine Site Techonologies
15. Oniqua MRO Analytics
16. Orica Limited
17. Russell Mineral Equipment
18. Sinclair Knighy Merz
19. Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland
20. Terratec Australia Pty Ltd
21. Transmin Metallurgical Consultants
22. Wearx
23. Worldpoly Pty Ltd
24. Xtrata Techonology




The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has published the 49th edition of Australia in brief, an authoritative overview of Australia's history, the land, its people and their way of life. To access the full version, visit:

Australia Awards Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships announces the opening of the 2014 round

The Australia Awards Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships Program is currently receiving applications for its 2014 round. This Program supports Australians to undertake study, research and professional development overseas and citizens from eligible countries (including Peru and Bolivia) to do the same in Australia.

The available opportunities for international recipients range from fellowships of between one and four months to postgraduate scholarships that support the recipient to undertake a master’s or doctoral degree at an Australian institution. The Program is part of the whole-of-government initiative Australia Awards and it is administered by the Department of Innovation. The Awards help build an engaged and influential global network of leader and change-makers, and the development of people-to-people links between Australia, the region and the broader international community.


For more information, please visit
Applications for the current round close on 30 June 2013.

Peruvian Congress commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Bilateral Relations

May, 2013


On Thursday 9 May members of the Peru-Australia Parliamentary Friendship League presented a congratulatory motion on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Australia-Peru relations to the plenary session of the Peruvian Congress.


The Congress extended its greetings to the Australian Government and Parliament, and through Ambassador Woods and the Embassy of Australia in Lima, to all the Australian people.









Ambassador John M.L. Woods: Address to alumni from the School of Management of the University of Piura on Australian Trade and Investment with Peru.

May, 2013

On Wednesday 8 May, Ambassador Woods gave a presentation on Australian trade and investment with Peru to around 50 graduates of the Management School of the University of Piura.

These two areas have been the main drivers of the relations between both countries and have allowed for the expansion and strengthening of these links to other areas such as education, cultural exchange and development cooperation.
Ambassador Woods explained that just like Peru, Australian exports are dominated by minerals and energy, comprising around 60 per cent of our total exports with mining contributing around 11 per cent to Australia’s GDP. He noted that in 2011 more than 220,000 people were employed in mining in Australia (an increase of 183 per cent in the last ten years).

Australia sees the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Pacific Alliance as having important roles to play in the strengthening and expansion of these relations in coming years. Ambassador Woods noted that once we conclude the TPP we will in effect have a free trade agreement between Australia and Peru. This will complement the FTAs Australia has in the Americas with Chile and the United States.
Press note (in Spanish):

Australia Awards Fellowships Program announces new website and application round

The Australian Embassy in Lima is pleased to present to the public the new website for the Australia Awards Fellowships (AAF) Program, an Australia Awards initiative. This web page has valuable information about the objectives and application process, both for Latin American stakeholders as well as for their Australian counterparts.
The fund for the Australian Awards Fellowships opens its application round on 13 May and ends on 19 June, 2013.



International Women's Day

8 March 2013

Every March 8, International Women's Day, we recognise and celebrate the achievements of women everywhere in social, economic and political life. Although great progress has been made in terms of gender equality and women's emancipation, there is still space for action in the global struggle to reach the goal of women reaching their full potential.

In this sense, the Australian theme for International Women's Day 2013 is Ending Violence Against Women. As Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bob Carr, states in his message to commemorate this date, "there is no more important building block for the empowerment of women and girls than the elimination of violence. (…) Australia adds its voice to the global call for an end to violence against women and girls – in all forms and wherever it occurs: in the home, in the workplace, in schools and universities, in situations of conflict".
As a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, Australia is working to ensure "the disproportionate impact of conflict on women and girls is recognised and that women are active players in peacekeeping and peace-building".

Australia's eloquent commitment to gender equality is showcased in a number of initiatives in different countries such as Afghanistan, Liberia, Indonesia and Cambodia and the work done with UN Women, particularly as a member of the agency's Executive Board since January.

Senator Carr – International Women’s Day video message
Penny Williams – Global Ambassador for Women and Girls video message


Fifty years of Diplomatic Relations between Australia and Peru

March 2013

On March 4th, in a ceremony that included the launching of two commemorative stamps and the inauguration of a documentary exhibition at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lima, Peru and Australia celebrated the 50th Anniversary of very fruitful diplomatic relations.

The ceremony, presided by Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr José Beraún, was attended by over 100 members of the government, the diplomatic corps, civil society, the media and the business sector. Peruvian President, Ollanta Humala, sent a message congratulating both countries on this special occasion. Mr Humala's message emphasised the excellent level of relations achieved between both countries, which have been reinforced by the re-opening of the Australian Embassy in Lima in 2010. It also highlighted the increasing amount of Australian investment in Peru and the links in terms of cooperation for development. President Humala welcomed the opportunity to improve, expand and strengthen the existing links in the future. Likewise, Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard sent a message congratulating the government and people of Peru, stressing the growing links between both countries and the further possibilities for cooperation in the future. Prime Minister Gillard made a special reference to the contribution made to Australia by the 6300 strong Peruvian born community.

Afterwards, Ambassador Woods highlighted the opportunities available to increase cooperation and exchange between the two countries in coming years, in international fora as well as in development cooperation, education and a wide range of different areas, including culture. Vice-Minister Beraún mentioned the increasing trade and Australian investment in Peru and the local business interest in dealing with Australia. Mr Beraún thanked the Embassy for all the work done, highlighting the importance of people-to-people links for the relation in the next 50 years.

Finally, the Peruvian Postal Service, SERPOST, presented two official commemorative stamps, envelope and seal and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs inaugurated a documentary exhibition illustrating the 50 years of bilateral relations at the Carlos Garcia Bedoya Building, in downtown Lima.


Australia to pursue free trade area of the Asia-Pacific -  Media release 28 October 2012


Recent Visits

During the third week of October, the Australian Embassy in Lima had the honour of receiving Mr Richard Neumann, Director of the South America and COALAR (Council on Latin America Australia Relations) section at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs. During his visit to Lima, Mr Neumann met with representatives of the Peruvian government, the academic sector and civil society to discuss political, economic and social issues, bilateral relations and regional engagement.

That same week, Australian author, finance commentator, professor at the University of New South Wales and chief economist of Austrade for ten years, Mr Tim Harcourt, made a visit to Lima in order to take part in the PIM (Partnership in Management) Conference, organised by ESAN University. As part of his visit, Mr Harcourt held important meetings with the Peruvian business sector and the main media representatives of the country.


Indigenous and governmental representatives from Peru and Bolivia learn about Australian consultation and consensus building processes regarding extractive activities

October, 2012

Participants gathered information on the Australian public policies regarding Land Rights and Native Titles, and the mechanisms for building consensus between indigenous communities and mining companies and conducting consultation processes. They also learnt about Australian cases and were able to meet and interact with indigenous and governmental representatives, academics and institutions such as the National Native Title Tribunal; the tour also included a mine site visit to allow participants to discuss with members of the nearby communities.

Participants found this a very useful and interesting opportunity, both representatives from the Government as well as those coming from indigenous communities, found similarities in the challenges faced and acknowledge the importance of the tools being implemented in Australia. For instance, participants from Bolivia, concluded this experience was very timely and it will be very helpful in orienting the public policies regarding the relations between the State, the mining companies and the communities as well as contributing to the development of original communities. Another aspect that was stressed by participants was the recent development and organisation of indigenous peoples in Australia; the generation of entrepreneurships and the process of strengthening their human capital, improving their quality of life; not only economically but also preserving their culture for future generations. They also highlighted the training programs for indigenous populations aimed at increasing their participation in different activities within the mining sector as well as in government. Finally, this was a good opportunity to exchange experiences and the work that is being done among the participant countries (Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Australia) regarding the processes to ensure the protection and strengthening of the community rights of the indigenous peoples, ensuring the sustainable development of the country. Participants left with the commitment of developing plans for sharing and applying the knowledge they gained in their own countries and regions.



Peru hosts international workshop on Sustainable Mining, co-organised by the Australian Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism and the Ministry of Energy and Mines of Peru

October 2012

The Australian Government has partnered with the Peruvian Mining Ministry to host a Leading Practice Sustainable development in Mining workshop. The aim of the workshop is to establish the foundations for:

  • Fostering sustainable mining practices by providing technical and capacity-building support to government bodies responsible for mining.

  • Improving government's capacity to integrate environmental, economic and social aspects through all phases of mineral production from exploration through construction, operation and mine site closure.

  • Promote transparency and accountability for sustainable mining and minerals development.

  • Enhancing governments' capacity in the active participation of stakeholders, including local and Indigenous communities and women in minerals, metals and mining development throughout the life cycles of mining operations. Capacity development will include community consultation public sector effectiveness: service delivery, governance, transparency and financial practices.

  • Enhancing governments' capacity in natural resource (minerals, oil and gas) management, mining policy and regulation, water resource management and their impact on the water table.

  • By introducing sound management and social responsibility practices based on the globally acknowledged model, these workshops identified the linkages between mining and other economic, social and environmental sectors. And focused on economic diversification strategies and the promotion of the benefits that mining activities can contribute to communities based on the principles of the Australian Department of Resource, energy and Tourisms Leading Practice Sustainable Development Program for the Mining Industry.

This workshop represents the beginning of a long term approach in sustainable practices in mining in many Latin American countries to better manage resources and the resources industry.

The workshop was inaugurated by the Vice-Minister of Mines of Peru, Mr Guillermo Shinno and by Australian Ambassador to Peru and Bolivia, Mr John M.L. Woods. It was conducted by Dr David Laurence from the University of New South