Spotlight on Peru: Magnificence of Wari Culture to thriving modern business
By Arooj Ashraf, La Prensa Correspondent
Cleveland Museum of Art and the Council on World Affairs partnered for an informative event on Peru’s past, present, and future on Nov. 27, 2012. Opening with a walk through of the Wari: Lords of the Andes Exhibition followed by a speech from Peruvian Ambassador to the United States Harold Forsyth, the event highlighted the richness of Peruvian cultural heritage and its dynamic position in global business today, “We are not just a country of a great past, as you have already seen, but also a great possible future,” he said.
Harold Forsyth noted the country is one of the best in Latin America for foreign investors because of its democratic nature where foreigners can invest and develop freely. He announced a meeting with Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson where he invited Clevelanders to visit Peru and consider the economic opportunities and possibilities between the two.
“Peru is a vibrant modern country with the fastest growing GDP growth,” he said; “the mining and fishery industries are the strongest sectors but Peruvian food is the most surprisingly best kept secret.” He added the country, like any other in the world, is facing challenges such as drug trafficking, “but we are on the right track to address them.”
Forsyth said the country has taken great steps to include the input of indigenous populations in matters involving them and also in preservation of artifacts from the ancient civilizations by introducing laws for protection and expediting sharing of artifacts overseas for scientific study.
Forsyth was amused when questioned about how his experience as Ambassador of China—“We Americans are so intrigued by the Chinese,” he said, adding, the Chinese and Peruvian diplomatic relations extend back 42 years. “The Chinese immigration to Peru began in 1858 and nearly 8 percent of Peruvian population has Chinese ancestry,” he said.