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Embassy of Australia to Peru and Bolivia
Message from the Ambassador
Ambassador John M.L. Woods
I am delighted to announce that as from 9 May 2014 Peruvian and Bolivian nationals will be able to apply online for Visitor visas for Australia. Electronic lodgement of applications will be through the website of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) at www.immi.gov.au. Once an online visa application is approved, the applicant will be notified via email or by their preferred contact method. A visa label is not required in the traveller’s passport as the visa information is held electronically and is linked to the passport number provided in the online visa application. If applicants don’t have access to the internet they can still send written applications to our DIBP office in Santiago. This will be a great help to Peruvians and Bolivians who wish to visit Australia.
It has been a busy start to 2014, as you have seen from the various news items on our website and Facebook page. We had a most successful and enjoyable reception, attended by more than 450 guests, on 30 January in Lima to celebrate Australia Day. Our thanks to all who made that possible, particularly our corporate sponsors: Andean Hydro, Antamina, Apurimac Ferrum, Austin Engineering, Ausenco, Berninzon & Benavides Abogados, Downing Teal, Glencore, Karoon, Laconia Resources, Peruvian Latin Resources, Rio Tinto and Transmin.
Education links continue to grow. Three Peruvian and five Bolivian scholars commenced their Australia Awards post graduate scholarships at Australian universities earlier this year. They join 78 Peruvian post graduate students in Australia on Peruvian Government scholarships.
The Australian Government has decided to refocus its aid program and to concentrate it mainly on the Indo-Pacific region. This means that the Latin American and Caribbean program, which started in 2010, will come to an end on 30 June 2014. However students with existing Australia Awards scholarships will continue on those scholarships until they conclude their studies. There won't be any new Australia Awards scholarships for 2015, although Peruvians and Bolivians will still be able to apply for scholarships under the Endeavour Awards program (http://aei.gov.au/endeavour).
We were nevertheless very pleased in the Embassy to attend in March, with Peru’s First Lady Nadine Heredia and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands (the UN’s representative for Financial Inclusion) the ceremony marking the conclusion of the SALTA program - a very successful Australian co-funded project which provided basic financial training to 100,000 women who are small and micro entrepreneurs.
In March the Embassy organised with Universidad del Pacífico, a seminar on how trade policy and economic reform can advance the economic interests of Peru and Australia. Mr Nicolas Brown, former Assistant Secretary for Canada and Latin America in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Canberra presented the seminar. We were also delighted to welcome Australian classical guitarist Scott Borg who visited Peru to perform in an International Guitar Festival.
Council for Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR) board member Jane McKeon visited Lima from 29 to 31 March. Her focus was to promote greater transport and tourism links between Australia and Latin America. We were pleased to learn during her visit that Peru is now very close to being ready to sign an Air Services Agreement with Australia, expanding a memorandum of understanding which is already in place.
Then on 7 April, Dr Brendon Hammer, First Assistant Secretary for the Americas in DFAT had a range of high level meetings here including the first meeting between officials from the Pacific alliance with selected observer countries to discuss future cooperation.
At the beginning of March, Proinversion, Peru’s agency for the promotion of private investment, organised two roadshows in Sydney and Melbourne to promote investment opportunities in Peru.
Austrade is hosting a delegation of Australian companies specialising in water, followed by a large delegation of Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) companies, who are visiting Peru at the end of April.
The Embassy is also working hard to encourage strong Peruvian and Bolivian participation at the third Latin America Down Under Mining Conference in Sydney on 28 and 29 May. Both the Mining Ministers from Peru and Bolivia are very interested in attending this important conference.
We were also very pleased that the majority Chinese-owned Australian company MMG, will lead the development of the Las Bambas copper mine in Peru, once Glencore-Xstrata completes the sale of this resource to a consortium involving MMG, GUOXIN International Investment and CITIC Metal Company. This ensures a continuation of a direct and major Australian interest in Las Bambas, now valued at USD 5.85 billion.
John M.L. Woods
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The Australian Embassy in Lima has opened a Condolence Book to honor the victims of flight MH17
The Australian Embassy in Lima wishes to express its condolences to the families of the 298 victims of flight MH17, which include citizens from Malaysia, Indonesia, The United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, the Philippines, the United States, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada and the Netherlands, as well as 37 men, women and children who called Australia home.
The Australian Embassy extends an invitation to sign the Condolence Book to those who wish to express sympathy. The Book will be available to the public from 22 – 25 July 2014, from 0900 to 1230 and from 1430 to 1630 at the Australian Embassy in Lima, Av. La Paz 1049, piso 10, Miraflores. The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has provided a link to the Prime Minister's Website, where messages of condolence may be submitted https://www.pm.gov.au/mh17-condolences.
Round 15 applications for Australia Awards Fellowships will open from 1 August to 10 September 2014
Round 15 for the prestigious international Fellowships program, Australia Awards, funded by the Australian Government will be open from 1 August 2014 to 10 September 2014. Australia Awards not only develop skills and knowledge but also build enduring people-to-people links between Australia and the international community.
Australian organisations from all sectors are eligible to apply, including government, business, industry bodies, higher education providers and non-government organisations, who deliver the program for the Fellow (which can included a combination of short-term study and/or training, professional development, networking and work experience. For more formation visit:
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.
2015 Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships round is open
The 2015 Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships round is now open. The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships is the Australian Government’s scholarship program to promote knowledge, strengthen education and research links and build enduring ties between Australia and the world. Peru and Bolivia are among the eligible countries.
Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are internationally competitive, merit-based scholarships provided by the Australian Government that support citizens of the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas to undertake study, research and professional development programmes in Australia and for Australians to undertake these programmes overseas.
Information for applicants can be found at www.aei.gov.au/endeavour including applicant guidelines, FAQs and a link to the Endeavour online application system.
Applications for the 2015 round of Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships will close at 11.59 pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on 30 June 2014.
Recent News and Events
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
Amb. Loayza, Nic Brown, Prof. Santa Gadea. Prof. Malca and Amb. Woods
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
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
Ambassador Salas, Mrs Omonte, Mr Bruce and Ambassador Woods.
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.
See our Australia Day album on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/111876850@N03/
Energy, Development and Life
More than 40 000 improved cooking stoves implemented in Peru supported by the Australian Government
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.
Helping disabled Peruvian Children
New multi-sensorial stimulation room in Lima will benefit 90 children with deaf-blindness, autism and other multiple disabilities
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: http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/speeches/2013/jb_sp_130923.html
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.
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