Prime Minister Trudeau participated in the 8th Summit of the Americas and spoke at the III CEO Summit of the Americas on the benefits of investing in Canada.
NICKEL BELT/GREATER SUDBURY – Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, traveled to Peru as a member of the ParlAmericas Canadian delegation to participate in the 3rd Gathering of the ParlAmericas Open Parliament Network in Lima from April 10-13, 2018.
The Open Parliament meeting included a presentation by the President of the Congress of the Republic of Peru, Luis Galarreta, on consensus building. Delegates also participated in working sessions on topics such as mechanisms to fight corruption in various countries of the hemisphere, the role of ethical standards and probity in public service in strengthening parliamentary integrity, and parliaments’ response to citizen needs through the use of technology to enhance collaboration with civil society.
Following the meeting of the Open Parliament Network, the Canadian delegation participated in a high-level roundtable discussion on the topic of “Strengthening Democratic Governance through Women’s Empowerment and Leadership,” moderated by Jennifer Loten, Ambassador of Canada to the Organization of American States.
The Canadian delegation also attended the official inauguration of the 8th Summit of the Americas along with the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau. Prime Minister Trudeau spoke at the III CEO Summit of the Americas on the benefits of investing in Canada. The objective of the Prime Minister and the Canadian ParlAmericas delegation in Peru was to promote progressive trade that creates good, middle class jobs, address climate change and ocean protection, the theme of democratic governance against corruption, and the ongoing crisis in Venezuela among other priorities.
“Throughout the Americas, we are witnessing a rapid growth of a younger demographic that over the past several years have begun to enter the workforce and are seeking out good-paying jobs. One of the greatest benefits of attending the Summit of the Americas is being able to engage with business and political leaders from North and South America and to learn from their experience when it comes to reducing poverty and growing the middle-class. I am proud of the Canadian delegation for advancing Canada’s progressive trade agenda, supporting better jobs, safer labour, equality for women, and balancing economic growth with environmental sustainability,” said Serré.
In order to capitalize on his international travel, MP Serré took the opportunity to engage and meet with several senior executives from two of the largest mining firms operating in Peru.
On Tuesday, April 10, MP Serré met with Mr. Paulo Pantigoso, Managing Partner of Ernst and Young in Peru to identify potential opportunities for Northern Ontario mining companies to expand their exports of products and expertise to Latin America
Likewise, on April 10 MP Serré met with Mr. Luis Rivera, President of Instituto de Ingenieros de Minas del Peru and Executive VP of the Americas Region at Gold Fields Ltd, one of the world’s largest gold mining firms whose headquarters are located in Johannesburg, South Africa.
On Thursday, April 12, MP Serré held a productive meeting with Mr. Victor Gobitz Colchado, CEO and President of Compañía de Minas Buenaventura S.A.A., CEO of Corporacion Minera Castrovirreyna, and CEO of Compañía Minera Atacocha S.A.A. and MILPO, all successful companies in the Peruvian mining industry.
Greater Sudbury represents the most comprehensive regional mining cluster in the world with industry leaders in innovation such as Vale, Glencore, CEMI (Centre for Excellence for Mining Innovation), NORCAT and SAMSSA just to name a few. It boasts arguably the largest concentration of mining service and supply companies globally which makes collaboration internationally attractive. In May, CEMI expects to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Universidad Nacional de San Agustín (UNSA), a University in Arequipa, Peru that is building a research and innovation centre that they wish to model on the CEMI approach, and build partnerships with CEMI, MIRARCO Mining Innovation and Laurentian University.
“Northern Ontario has a proud tradition of collaboration with industry innovators from abroad to form mutually beneficial partnerships. Peru is a world leader in the global production of a number of minerals, and so my objective in meeting with senior executives from Buenaventura and Gold Fields, two of the leading firms in the Peruvian mining sector, was to discuss how innovation and technology are solving some of the most pressing challenges in our respective mining sectors. It was also my priority to discuss engaging Indigenous communities in the developing natural resource projects as well as potential opportunities to strengthen the ties between Canada and Peru when it comes to trade, research, and innovation, particularly in the mining sector where we have a strong shared interest,” stated MP Serré.