Peru: Morning News Roundup – Tuesday January 22

Zapatero guarantees Spanish investment in Peru

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero told his visiting Peruvian counterpart Monday that Spanish enterprises will continue investing in Peru. "Most of Spain’s big enterprises have invested in Peru, have confidence in Peru and of course are going to continue investing in Peru," Zapatero said during a meeting with Alan Garcia, on his first official visit to Spain since he took office in July 2006. Garcia said he is promoting Peru’s growth through investment and he expected the presence of Spain and other EU countries in this development process. In a joint declaration after the meeting, Zapatero said Spain is "the biggest investor in Peru" and both countries hold "a strong historic and cultural relationship." (Xinhua – click here to read complete article)

Peru’s president wants direct talks with EU on free trade accord

President Alan Garcia of Peru said Monday his country should negotiate a free trade accord separately with the European Union rather than as part of an Andean regional association, blaming neighboring countries for deadlocked talks. Garcia was here for a two-day visit and met with King Juan Carlos and Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. It was his first visit to Madrid since being elected in 2006. At a breakfast with Spanish business leaders, Garcia said current free trade talks between the Andean Community, known by its Spanish-language initials, CAN, and the EU are bogged down because two others members _ Bolivia and Ecuador. (AP – click here to read complete article)

Peru as alternative and sure provider of table grapes to the Northern Hemisphere

With exports of around 2 mln dollars in 98/99, Peru increased to 55 million dollars approx in 2006/2007. According to customs, three firms concentrated between 2006/2007 almost 60% (16,000 tons approx.) of the total (28,000 tons approx.) exports of table grapes: El Pedregal, Sociedad Agrícola Drokasa and Complejo Agroindustrial Beta. The United Kingdom has been one of the main destinations since 98/99, but diversification now concentrates 70% of exports among US, Hong Kong, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Indonesia. (Fresh Plaza – click here to read complete article)

Knitting her way to Peru

A South Wootton grandmother is hoping her nimble fingers will help her make a charity trek to the famed lost city of Machu Picchu in Peru. Joan Bagshaw needs to raise £3,000 in sponsorship for the expedition and is knitting colourful scarves to sell to help her reach her target. Mrs Bagshaw (56), of St Benets Grove, is already in training for the four-day, high-altitude trek through the Andes, known as the Inca Trail. She decided to take on the challenge after seeing an advertisement in a national newspaper. She will walk the trail in aid of Action Medical Research, a charity she chose because its work covers all ages and all medical conditions. (Lynn News – click here to read complete article)

Peru tennis team upbeat about Davis Cup

Peru’s national tennis team captain Jaime Yzaga said on Monday that it is possible for Peru’s four-men team to win in the Davis Cup’s world group first round against Spain to be held at Lima’s Jockey Club from Feb. 8-10. "I am optimistic, we are the match’s protagonists," said Yzaga. Though Spain will include world No. 2 Rafael Nadal, Yzaga said Peruvian fans must back their own players. "They have an excellent team, like Nadal and Emilio Sanchez. Everybody will go to see them, because such strong players are rarely seen in Lima, but I want to change the situation and I want fans to back us," said Yzaga. So far 4,000 tickets have been sold and more fans are expected to buy tickets in the forthcoming days. (Xinhua – click here to see article)