Ambassador Insider Series — Peru
Peru, cradle of the ancient Inca people and home of the world-famous ruins of Machu Picchu, is also a modern developing country. Its 32 million people currently enjoy Latin America’s most dynamic economy, with GDP growth expected to reach 4 to 5 percent this year. Yet the wealth is not equally distributed, and Peru faces a number of political, cultural and economic challenges.
Carlos José Pareja Ríos, Peru’s ambassador to the United States, has been in Washington since September 2016. Ambassador Pareja first represented the government of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, and then that of Martín Vizcarra, who became Peru’s head of state earlier this year upon Kuczynski’s resignation.
Happily, Peru no longer faces the rampant Shining Path terrorism that cursed this Alaska-sized country for much of the 1980s and 1990s, and its leaders have dramatically reduced poverty; foreign investment — especially in mining — is booming. But the country is still plagued by regional inequality, a poor education system, low productivity and a large informal economy.
Compounding the problem, Peru is now home to an estimated 300,000 Venezuelans who have fled political and economic chaos at home. Despite new visa restrictions and strict passport controls, poverty-stricken Venezuelans continue to flow into Peru through neighboring Ecuador. In late August, Peru declared a state of emergency, with no end to the Venezuela crisis in sight.
On Tuesday, Oct. 16, Ambassador Pareja will address these challenges and more during our Ambassador Insider Series event, to take place at the Embassy of Peru in Washington, D.C. The event will be moderated by Larry Luxner, news editor of The Washington Diplomat.
Luxner, who’s written for the Diplomat since 1997, has reported from more than 100 countries. This will be his eighth such event; Luxner’s previous public interviews have featured the ambassadors of Azerbaijan, Barbados, Ethiopia, Haiti, Latvia, Iraq and the European Union.
Before coming to Washington, Ambassador Pareja headed Peru’s Directorate General of Africa, Middle East and the Gulf; previously, he led a similar department for the Americas. The veteran diplomat has also been Peru’s ambassador to Chile, Switzerland and Spain, and holds a law degree from Lima’s Universidad de San Martin de Porres.
The AIS is an exclusive program hosted by The Washington Diplomatto meet, in an intimate setting, with the city’s foreign envoys and learn about the countries they represent. AIS events include an extensive networking session, an in-depth interview along with a Q&A session, and full bar and dinner. Please register for our event by clicking here.