H.E. Mr. Ruengdej Mahasaranond, Ambassador-designate of Thailand to Peru was invited by Dr. Jose Rodriguez Lichtenheldt, Rector of Universidad Nacional de Piura (National University of Piura) to participate in the 109th Session of the Asia-Pacific Studies Network (REDAP) and to give a presentation on “Economic Base of Thailand and its Relations with Peru” on 9 November 2012. Ambassador of Indonesia and Ambassador of Malaysia in Peru, also joined this activity together with Ambassador Juan Carlos Capunay Chavez, Director of APEC and Special Forums of the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. There were about 100 participants from REDAP Members from various universities throughout Peru along with faculty members and students of the National University of Piura, approximately 100 people who attended the event.
Before and after the presentation, Ambassador-designate Mahasaranond had an opportunity to discuss with the Peruvian side and was informed of the potentials of the Piura Region in agriculture, fisheries and mining sector while Piura could be considered the business gateway for Asia-Pacific and Latin American countries. Major exports of Piura to the Asia-Pacific region included grapes, mango, marine products and minerals. Representatives from the regional government expressed their interest to cooperate and learn about Thailand’s expertise on how to add value for the agricultural products and how to develop the tourism sector of Piura.
Ambassador-designate Mahasaranond brought along Thailand information kits which were distributed among participants at the meeting, who were interested in Thailand and the bilateral relationship between Thailand and Peru. Ambassador-designate Mahasaranond also took this opportunity to inform about the newly-established mechanism of ASEAN Committee in Lima (ACL) comprising ASEAN Ambassadors in Peru. This mechanism could be another option to promote relations and cooperation network between ASEAN and Peru not only at the central government or business community in Lima but also the local government, academics and businessmen in each region of Peru.