Spanish King highlights Peru economic growth and social policy

King of Spain Felipe VI stressed the economic growth Peru has seen and, particularly, social and educational policies implemented under administration of President Ollanta Humala, who currently pays an official visit to the Kingdom.

The Spanish monarchs hosted a dinner for Peruvian President Ollanta Humala Tasso and wife Nadine Heredia Alarcon at the Royal Palace on July 7, in Madrid, Spain.

During his speech on the occasion of such a visit, the King noted that one of the biggest challenges of any society is to achieve equitable distribution of economic growth and, in that sense, he valued Peruvian government efforts to provide economic development to those in most need.

“We are well aware that social inclusion is a key objective of your government, and we value the efforts undertaken to improve important public policies such as those relating to education and sanitation, and develop social programs in favor of the most unprivileged,” he told President Humala.

The Spanish Royal assured he knows Mr. Humala is committed to improving education and training of young Peruvian generations, since he is convinced they are the best tool to fight exclusion and create opportunities.

In this respect, the King expressed his joy that Spain is the main destination for Peruvian government scholarship recipients.

“The strong will of both governments to improve educational cooperation has resulted in the signing of a new initiative to mobilize talents, which will imply training in universities, companies and centers of excellence,” he affirmed.

Felipe VI claimed to have witnessed “the extraordinary transformation Peru has gone through in the last years, facing complex challenges with determination and success for many years in order to look ahead towards the future with more ambitious goals.”  

Despite having gone through many years of difficulties and uncertainties, he added, Peru and Spain have remained committed to forging a living and dynamic relationship, which is at its best moment.

“Bilateral trade has doubled during these years of economic and financial crisis, amounting to more than US$2.5 billion. The possibilities offered by the trade agreement between the European Union and Peru will boost bilateral trade flow in the following years,” he emphasized.