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Embassy of Australia to Peru and Bolivia
Message from the Ambassador
Four years ago I was honoured to reopen the Australian Embassy in Lima. As I depart Lima on the conclusion of my posting I am pleased that we succeeded in broadening and deepening Australia’s relations with Peru and Bolivia. I congratulate and thank our team at the Embassy for their outstanding work in helping achieve these goals.
We have supported good growth in mining. 80 Australian companies are now operating in Peru, either as “juniors” or as providers of mining equipment, technology and services in addition to the major global Australian miners such as BHP and Rio Tinto. We are delighted that MMG, the Australian managed mining company, has now completed the purchase of Peru’s Las Bambas copper resource. It is great to see continued Australian involvement in this key project.
Cooperation and capacity building continue in the sector through programs run by Australia’s International Mining for Development Centre and the continued engagement of major Australian Universities (including Queensland and Western Australia) and institutions. The Embassy will start calling for applications for small-scale projects under our Direct Aid Program (DAP) in the coming days.
Education cooperation also continues to grow. 106 Peruvians have now been awarded Peru’s Presidential Scholarships, for postgraduate study in Australia. The Council on Australia Latin America Relations supported, with the Inter-American Development Bank, a successful workshop on technical and vocational education, featuring three Australian experts. The Victorian State Government is planning to bring an education delegation to Latin America early in 2015. And we are encouraging applications for Australia Award Fellowships (http://aid.dfat.gov.au/australia-awards/pages/fellowships.aspx).
Our online visitor visa application system, launched this May, enables Peruvian and Bolivian citizens to apply for their visitors’ visas electronically. This is working very well, speeding up the visa issuing process and making it much more convenient.
We were also pleased to support the visit by the Peruvian Congressional Delegation to Australia at the end of May, on the invitation of the Australian Parliament. The delegation experienced first hand the Federal Parliamentary system and had productive meetings on the Australian tertiary education system, research and technology and infrastructure planning and development. While in Sydney, the delegation heard Peru’s Vice Minister for Mines, Guillermo Shinno, address the Latin America Down Under Mining Conference.
Finally I warmly welcome Mr Nicholas McCaffrey, who will replace me this month as Australia’s Ambassador to Peru and Bolivia. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced Mr McCaffrey’s appointment on 24 August (http://foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2014/jb_mr_140824a.aspx). I know he will be very successful in continuing to build the great relations we enjoy with Peru and Bolivia.
John M L Woods
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G-20 documents now available in 13 languages
A selection of documents about the G20 have been translated into the thirteen G20 member country languages. They are featured on a dedicated page on the official G20 website: https://www.g20.org/g20_priorities/multilingual_content.
A Victorian State Election has been announced for 29 November 2014. Electors should refer to the Victorian Electorate Commission (VEC) website at: http://www.vec.vic.gov.au/. Electors can also contact the VEC directly by telephone: +61 3 8620 1100, or email: email@example.com.
International Mining and Resources Conference
The International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) will bring global leaders from the mining and mining services sectors, governments from all over the world and the capital resources and finance sector to Melbourne from 22-26 September. Registrations at www.imarcmelbourne.com
Peru’s National Registry of Identity and Civil Status (RENIEC) has announced that foreigners holding a Peruvian Residency for the past two years or more can participate in the upcoming local elections, taking place on 5 October. In order to vote, they must register, before 6 June, in RENIEC’s Registro de Extranjeros.
Recent News and Events
Ambassador John ML Woods receives the Order of Merit for Distinguished Services by the Peruvian Government
On 2 September, at the Torre Tagle Palace, Ambassador Woods was decorated with the Order of Merit for Distinguished Services by the Peruvian Government. He received this honor from Peruvian Vice-minister for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Claudio de la Puente.
Members of the diplomatic corps, the Peruvian Government, Australian business and Embassy staff attended the ceremony. In a heartfelt speech, Ambassador Woods highlighted the main successes achieved during his four year mission, heading the Australian Embassy in Peru and thanked his team, his wife Gay and all the attendees for the role they played and continue playing in promoting the relation between Australia and Peru.
Vice-Minister De la Puente, recalled his mission as Peruvian Ambassador to Australia where he was able to meet Ambassador Woods for the first time when Woods was Director of the Latin America and Canada Branch at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Canberra; De la Puente highlighted the important achievements of Ambassador Woods during his missions in Peru and his central role in the strengthening of the bilateral relation.
Ambassador Woods ended his participation wishing the best to his successor, Nicholas McCaffrey.
For Ambassador Woods’ full speech (in Spanish), click here.
The Peruvian Institute of Mining Engineers pays tribute to Australian Ambassador to Peru John ML Woods at the end of his mission
On 28 August, Ambassador Woods received the recognition of the Peruvian Institute of Mining Engineers for his four years heading the Australian Embassy in Peru and his efforts towards the strengthening of mining linkages between both countries.
The Director of the Institute, Ms Isabel Arias, gave a speech highlighting Woods’ admirable career. She presented Ambassador Woods with a commemorative medal and diploma.
Ambassador Woods had the honour and responsibility of re-opening the Australian Embassy in Lima in 2010. In these four years, the relations between both countries have been strengthened; the solid relations based on mining have expanded towards new and exciting areas such as culture, education, research and capacity building.
Even though Mr. Woods is now back in Australia, he hopes to continue contributing to the bilateral relationship and return to Peru in the future.