President Park Geun-hye, who is staying in Peru as a national guest, had an interview with local economic newspaper Gestion on April 18 (local time). “With regard to the Korea-Peru Free Trade Agreement, both countries will be expanding their bilateral cooperation mainly in high-added-value and new industries such as infrastructure, health care and medical treatments, and new and renewable energy,” she said.
The president placed much emphasis on cooperation in the field of national defense. “Peru will be Korea’s first partner in Latin America to co-produce the KT-1P trainer, and the two countries will work more closely with each other to develop their aviation technology, which goes beyond simple trade and investment,” she added, continuing, “Also, Peru and Korea will be able to keep acting as the gateways for trade between Asia and Latin America if the two make full use of their respective FTA networks.”
As the main agenda items regarding her state visit to Peru at this time, President Park Geun-hye mentioned the enhancement of the strategic bilateral partnership based on the Korea-Peru FTA, diversification of mutual cooperation in high-added-value industries, closer cooperation in such fields as infrastructure development, security, e-government, national defense, and health care.
The President arrived in Lima in the afternoon of April 18. She is scheduled to stay there until the 21st before heading to Chile.