Bulletin  N° 28, May 2016
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Outstanding activities

Visit to China
The Coordinator of the Observatory, Dr. Ignacio Bartesaghi, will visit China on 19 - 29 June 2016, invited by the Newspaper Shanghai Wen Hui Daily.

Update of information of Business Intelligence
The updated information about: trade promotion agencies, international fairs, trade opportunities and market access may be accessed in the section of business intelligence.
The information of the commercial opportunity is expressed in the last amendment (2012).

Open debate – Pacific Alliance: Mechanism for deepening the relations with Asia Pacific?

Upon the signature of the Trans-Pacific Agreement (TPP), the international trade relations face a new international context. The so-called mega negotiations such as the TPP (signed but not in force yet), the RCEP, and the Transatlantic agreement, promote a new international agenda that not all the States are part of.

Informative breakfast about the International Fair of Indonesia: 31a Tradexpo Indonesian
The Latin America – Asia Pacific Observatory participated in the Informative Breakfast about the International Fair of Indonesia called “31a Tradexpo Indonesia” (TEI), to be held from 12 to 16 October 2016 in Jakarta.



Outstanding publications 

Cancillería, la consultora EY y la Cámara de Comercio Peruano-China presentan la Guía de Negocios e Inversión Perú-China 2016/2017

In order to seek a better understanding of the meaning of the relations and characteristics of the Peru-China market, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the consultancy firm EY (antes Ernst & Young) and the Peru – China Chamber of Commerce presented today the “Guía de Negocios e Inversión Perú-China 2016/2017” (Peru-China 2016/2017 Investments and Business Guide). (Publication in spanish).

Informe de comercio exterior con China

The International Business and Integration Department of the Universidad Católica del Uruguay prepared a new report that analyzes the evolution of trade between Uruguay and China in 2015. (Publication in Spanish).

Reporte Innovación/China

The Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos sobre China (CELC) of the Universidad Andrés Bello publishes its report Innovación/China Número 35/ Mayo 2016 (Innovation/China Number 35/May 2016). (Publication in Spanish).

Academic and business activities 
Exploring new partnerships with key Brazilian universities

Austrade Brazil is exploring new partnership opportunites following an introductory visit by the Australian Ambassador to Brazil, Mr John Richardson, to São Paulo, where he met with senior management of the University of São Paulo (USP) and the State University Paulista (UNESP).

Thai University recognizes support of Cuba

The Siam University presented the Cuban Ambassador, Víctor Ramírez Peña, with a seal and a plaque signed by the President (Vice-Chancellor), Prof. Pornchai Mongkhonvanit, in recognition of Cuba due to the support given to the institution. (News in Spanish).

FEALAC Cyber Secretariat to Hold its 6th Workshop

The sixth workshop of the Cyber Secretariat of the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC) will take place in Seoul on May 18, bringing together delegations from some 30 FEALAC member states in East Asia and Latin America.

Embassy of Honduras in Korea presented the Korea Foundation with children’s books

Seoul, Korea. The Embassy of Honduras in South Korea donated a set of Honduras children’s books to the Korea Foundation, within the framework of the celebration of the 25º Anniversary of such foundation and Month of Family 2016, called “Encuentro con el Mundo a través de los Libros Infantiles” (Encounter with the World by means of Children’s Books). (News in Spanish).

Exchange Program “Together!! Japan – Latin-America and the Caribbean”

The Government of Japan launched the initiative of the Exchange Program “Together!! Japan – Latin-America and the Caribbean” in 2016, in order to carry out the personal exchange among the Latin-American and Caribbean countries with Japan and to promote the understanding on politics, economy, society, culture, history and diplomacy of Japan in this region, counting on the cooperation of the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales FLACSO as the organization of partners. (News in Spanish).

Cuba destination present in the Shanghai World Tourism Fair (SWTF)

Cuba is present again in the Shangai World Tourism Fair (SWTF), which opened its doors from today to next 22 May in the distinguished Shanghai Exhibition Center. (News in Spanish).

Informative breakfast about the Indonesia International Fair

Friday, 3 June 2016, at 9.30 a.m, at the “Cámara Nacional de Comercio y Servicios del Uruguay” (National Chamber of Trade and Services of Uruguay) (Rincón 454) Montevideo. (News in Spanish).

Workshop on the development of SMEs in Taiwan

The Workshop on the development of SMEs in Spanish will be held from 3 to 16 August in Taiwan, for which reason the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of China- Taiwan- invite Panamanian citizens to register in this call, whose goal is to strengthen the cooperation ties between both Republics regarding the development of small and medium enterprises. (News in Spanish).


Agreements and negotiations

Third Dialogue to Strengthen the Economic Relationship between Mercosur and Japan

On May 2nd, the Third Dialogue to Strengthen the Economic Relationship between Mercosur and Japan was held in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Caracas and New Delhi reaffirm cooperation ties between peoples

On Tuesday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, met with the Ambassador of India in the country, Rahul Shrivastava, in order to revise affairs of bilateral interests. (News in Spanish).

Special Representative of the Chinese Government on Latin American Affairs Yin Hengmin Visits Ecuador and Peru

From April 25 to 28, 2016, Special Representative of the Chinese Government on Latin American Affairs Yin Hengmin visited Ecuador and Peru.

Trade Minister welcomes Tribunal TPP report

Trade Minister Todd McClay has welcomed the Waitangi Tribunal’s Report on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement which found no breach of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Korea donates one hundred thousand dollars in order to modernize processes in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

In order to strengthen the technical capacities in the public administration, by means of the Project of Improvement of the Operating Efficiency and Institutional Strengthening of the Secretariat of Foreign Relations and International Cooperation (SRECI), the Government of Korea donated One Hundred Thousand Dollars (100,000.00 USD), within the framework of the non-reimbursable cooperation. (News in Spanish).

Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Cuba and Japan strengthen political consultation mechanisms

On the occasion of the visit to Japan of the Director of Organization, Planning, Information and Analysis of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Carlos Miguel Pereira Hernández, a wide working program organized by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs was held. (News in Spanish).

Australian culture and arts festival underway in Brazil

Australia’s largest cultural program ever staged in South America, Australia now, was launched on 21 April in Brazil. Running until the end of May, an exciting and diverse program of 50 events across 10 major cities in Brazil is introducing thousands of Brazilians to contemporary Australian culture from Indigenous ceremony and dance to our excellence in music, theatre, food, film, visual arts and sport.

PHL Ambassador to Brasil meets with Undersecretary of National Defense Fernando I. Manalo during the ambassadors´ official consultation meeting in PH

The Philippine Ambassador to Brazil Jose D.R. Burgos met the Undersecretary of National Defense Fernando I. Manalo during his recent official consultation meetings in the Philippines in April 2016.

Pleading in New Zealand in favor of widening exchanges with Cuba

The President of the Committee of Foreign Relations, Defense and Trade of the Parliament in New Zealand, Mark Mitchell, expressed his interest in Cuba and his will to promote ties between the two countries. (News in Spanish).

Argentina and Vietnam sign agreement in order to promote the bilateral relations

In an act chaired by the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlos Foradori and the Ambassador of Vietnam in our country, Nguyen Dinh Thao, Argentina and Vietnam signed today the "Acuerdo sobre el Ejercicio de Actividades Remuneradas para Familiares a Cargo del Personal Diplomático, Consular, Administrativo y Técnico de misiones diplomáticas, Oficinas consulares y Organizaciones Internacionales" (Agreement on the Exercise of Remunerated Activities for Relatives in charge of the  Diplomatic, Consular, Administrative and Technical personnel of diplomatic missions, consular offices and international organizations). (News in Spanish).

Embassy of Guatemala in South Korea promotes investment opportunities

In order to promote Guatemala as an attractive country for investments, the Embassy of Guatemala with the Korean Council for Latin America and the Association of Builders of Korea organized the event "Investment opportunities in Latin America in  Public – Private Alliances Projects". (News in Spanish).

ROK-Peru Joint Committee on Economy, Science and Technology Holds its 5th Meeting

The Republic of Korea and Peru held the fifth meeting of their joint committee on economy, science and technology in Lima, Peru, on May 11, with Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs Lee Tae-ho of the ROK Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Secretary-General Eric Anderson Machado of the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Relations leading their respective delegations.

Visit of the Vice-President Gabriela Michetti to the Republic of Korea

With the main central objective of strengthening the bilateral relations and promoting our country as a favorable and attractive destination for investments and trade, the Vice-President Gabriela Michetti, with an important delegation, paid an official visit to Korea. (News in Spanish).

Peru and Korea end negotiation of the Social Security Agreement, and agree to cooperate in the cultural, environment and industrial sectors

Within the framework of the Peru-Korea Partnership Association, on 11 May, in Lima, the Fifth Meeting of the Economic, Scientific, and Technical Joint Commission between the Republic of Peru and the Republic of Korea, chaired by the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Eric Anderson, and by the Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs of the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Lee Tae-ho, was held. (News in Spanish).

McClay to progress NZ’s trade agenda at APEC

Trade Minister Todd McClay leaves for South America this weekend to attend the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting of Ministers Responsible for Trade (MRT) on 17-18 May in Peru and then to visit Bogota, Colombia, on 19 May.

Visit of the Vice-President Gabriela Michetti to Japan.

The Vice-President of the Argentinian Republic, Gabriela Michetti, visited Japan from 11 to 13 May 2016 in order to execute the agreements reached in the meeting of President Mauricio Macri with the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, on 1 April. (News in Spanish).

Foreign Ministry to Hold a FEALAC Seminar on Inter-Regional Trade

The Foreign Ministry will hold a seminar on trade between the regions represented in the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation in Seoul on May 19. The theme of the seminar will be mega FTAs and ways to boost trade and investment between East Asia and Latin America.

Cuba and China widen the cooperation in the biotechnological sector

During the productive working visit in Chengdu, capital of the Province of Sichuan, the Ambassador Alberto Blanco Silva and the Cuban delegation integrated by the Cuban Directors and Scientists of the Grupo BIOCUBAFARMA were received by Tang Liangzhi, Mayor of the city of Chengdu, who recalled his visit to Cuba and declared in favor of widening the bilateral cooperation in the biotechnological sector. (News in Spanish).

Minister Magali Silva begins tasks within the framework of the APEC Forum 2016

Some hours before initiating the Asia–Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC), the Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism and President of the Managing Board of PROMPERÚ, Magali Silva Velarde-Álvarez, stated that this event is for Peru the opportunity to have contact with the area with the most important economic growth in the world in the last 25 years. (News in Spanish).

Panama and India analyse proposal of an information exchange agreement

As a closure of the official mission in India, the Vice-Minister of Multilateral Affairs and International Cooperation, María Luisa Navarro, had a bilateral meeting with the State Minister of Foreign Affairs of India, Vijay Kumar Singh, where they agreed to follow up and conclude the proposal of an agreement for the information Exchange between the Governments of Panama and India. (News in Spanish).

China seeks inspiration in the Chilean ethical family income to lower the poverty levels

Joaquín Lavín gave two lectures on Monday and Tuesday in Beijing. The former Minister of Social and Academic Development of the UDD was invited by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Beijing Normal University in order to lecture on the Chilean experience about the reduction of poverty levels. (News in Spanish).

In Beijing, Malcorra ratified the beginning of a new stage in the bilateral relation  with China

The Argentinian Minister of Foreign Affairs Susana Malcorra and the Minister of the People’s Republic of China, Wang Yi, had today a meeting in Beijing, where they spoke about the bilateral projects signed by both nations, they agreed to progress in new agreements and coincided in reaffirming their strategic partnership in order to widen the bilateral relation. (News in Spanish).

Government thanks President of China (Taiwan) Ma Ying-jeou for his support to works and projects

First Lady, Lorena Castillo de Varela, and Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic, Luis Miguel Hincapié, in behalf of the government and Panamanian peoples, thanked the President of China (Taiwán) Ma Ying-jeou for his support to diverse works and projects executed by the administration of the President Juan Carlos Varela. (News in Spanish).

McClay opens NZTE Bogota office

Trade Minister Todd McClay today announced the opening of the Bogota, Colombia, office of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE).

El Salvador and Republic of China (Taiwan) strengthen cooperation ties and friendship as strategic partners

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hugo Martínez, met the new President of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Tsai Ing-Wen, in his first working day, after the official ceremony of inauguration. (News in Spanish).

Japan-El Salvador Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

On Monday, May 23 commencing at 11:30 a.m. for approximately 40 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, met with H. E. Mr. Hugo Martínez, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of El Salvador, who is currently visiting Japan. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

Guatemala is promoted as a touristic destination in Asia

In order to promote Guatemala as a touristic destination, the Embassy of Guatemala in the Republic of China (Taiwan), in coordination with the Commercial Office of Central America (CATO) and AGEXPORT, participate in the “2016 Taipei Tourism Expo”, which was held in Taipei, from 20 to 23 May. (News in Spanish).

Minister Martínez: Japan is a strategic partner for the development of El Salvador

Within the framework of his official visit to Asia, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hugo Martínez, had a meeting with the Vice-President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Hidetoshi Irigaki, whom he expressed the gratitude of the Government of El Salvador for the confidence and all the cooperation received by its nation. (News in Spanish).

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Muñoz received in audience representatives of the platform “Chile mejor sin TPP” (Chile better without TPP)

At the initiative of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Heraldo Muñoz, a delegation of Ministry of Foreign Affairs headed by the Secretary of State, with the Director-General of Economic Affairs, Andrés Rebolledo, received today in audience representatives of the platform "Chile Mejor sin TPP" (Chile better without TPP) so as to exchange opinions on the Transpacific Agreement (TPP). (News in Spanish).

Minister Martínez has a meeting with Princess Mako of Japan

As part of his official mission to Japan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hugo Martínez, had a meeting, on Monday, in Tokyo, with her Imperial Highness, Princess Mako, who visited El Salvador in December 2015. (News in Spanish).

Tax Information Exchange Agreement with the Republic of Panama Agreed in Principle

The Government of Japan and the Government of the Republic of Panama, as a result of the intergovernmental negotiations, have agreed in principle on a Tax Information Exchange Agreement.

Australia reaffirms high interest in the business opportunities in Cuba

The Vice-Minister of MINEM, Yuri Viamontes, ended a successful visit to Australia, where he identified the high interest of the continent island to the business opportunities in Cuba. (News in Spanish).

Prime Minister of Singapore received Vice-President of the Council of Ministers of Cuba

The Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, received yesterday the Vice-President of the Council of Ministers, Marino Murilllo. (News in Spanish).

President of the Parliament of Victoria, Australia, begins visit to Cuba

A delegation headed by the President of the Parliament of Victoria, Australia, Telmo Languiller, began today a visit to Cuba, until 3 June. (News in Spanish).

Vice-Minister Miranda receives a new resident representative of JICA

Vice-Minister of Cooperation for the Development, Jaime Miranda, had a meeting with the new resident representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Kazuo Fujishiro. The meeting was to welcome the country and express the interest of the Salvadoran Government in order to continue the joint efforts with its nation. (News in Spanish).

96 tons of medicines arrive at Venezuela as a result of the cooperation with China

In order to continue intensifying the health cooperation, a total of 96 tons of medical products form the People’s Republic of China arrived at the Aeropuerto Internacional de Maiquetía Simón Bolívar. (News in Spanish).

Cuba and Singapore express interest in promoting bilateral relations

The Vice-President of the Cuban Government and the Minister of Planning and Economy, Marino Murillo Jorge, visited Singapore from 23 to 29 May, at the invitation of the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, Tharman Shanmugaratnam. (News in Spanish).

Prime Minister of India will pay a working visit to Mexico

In view of the invitation by President Enrique Peña Nieto, the Prime Minister of the Republic of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, will pay a working visit to Mexico on next 8 June. (News in Spanish).

Opportunities of the Honduras melon to the opening of the Japanese market

Tegucigalpa. Ministry of Foreign Affairs María Dolores Agüero Lara highlights the acceptance of the Honduras melon in the Japanese market and the opening of the new opportunities area for the Honduras growers, achieving access to more than 127 millions of consumers. (News in Spanish).

Uruguay and China promote education cooperation

Within the framework of the strengthening of the relations between Uruguay and China at all levels, today the Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs, José Luis Cancela, was received by the Vice-Minister of Education of China, Hao Ping. (News in Spanish).

Meeting of the Undersecretary Cancela with the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of China, Wang Chao

Following up the results of the Eighth Meeting of the Bilateral Political Consultation Mechanism, held in Montevideo a pair of weeks ago, the Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay, Ambassador José Luis Cancela, met again with the Chinese Vice-Minister Wang Chao so as to continue the political exchanges between Uruguay and China. (News in Spanish).

Central-American Region receives health support from China (Taiwan)

The Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Integration and Economic Promotion, Carlos Castaneda, participated as an honor witness in the delivery act of the second payment for the project “Health sector in the Post 2015 Agenda. Improving indicators within the framework of the Regional Health Policy of the Central American Integration System (SICA)”, held by the Republic of China (Taiwan). (News in Spanish).
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