On 30th August, the second container with ten tons of Peruvian Hass avocado shipped by sea arrived via the Port of Laem Chabang, Chonburi. In Bangkok, the Ambassador of Peru with the CEO of Citi Fresh Fruit Co. Ltd. received this important cargo consisting of 1,600 boxes of fresh avocados, in this case, from the Virú Valley, La Libertad, in Northern Peru. Citi Fresh Fruit Co. Ltd., is one of the two largest fruit importers in Thailand.
The first season of export of Peruvian Hass avocado to the Thai market and has been revealed as a great sales success due to the wide acceptance of this fruit by large importers, supermarkets and Thai consumers.
About 60 tons of this selected fruit, duly certified and packed, from the valleys of Ica, Lima and La Libertad, were already to Thailand from the end of June until August 2019. The first shipments of up to 3,226 kg. each, arrived in Bangkok by air, immediately after the Ministry of Agriculture of Thailand approved the phytosanitary protocol to import this Peruvian fruit and successfully completed the audit of the premises of the Peruvian packers and exporters. This process took almost eight years of negotiations and persistent coordinated work between the Embassy of Peru in Thailand, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the production companies and the SENASA.
Mr. Sithisak Chatamornwong, CEO of Citi Fresh, said that the Peruvian Hass avocado imported this season was quickly placed, through distribution channels aimed at consumers who consume high quality healthy products in Thailand. He also indicated that when Thailand approved the phytosanitary permit for the Peruvian Hass avocado, the harvest season in Peru had already begun and the exporters had their product committed to other markets but, in view of the quality, freshness, good shelf live and acceptance of the Peruvian fruit, he will seek to ensure a greater supply of this product in the 2020 season.
Bangkok, August 30, 2019
In the framework of the tour that the Peruvian music and dance group “Apu Inka” undertook in Asia, three presentations took place in Bangkok. The first one, on Tuesday 6 August, in the prestigious Roof Top Bar-Restaurant “Above Eleven” where Peruvian food and Pisco are served. The audience could enjoy a varied repertoire of traditional songs of the Peruvian folklore, in an environment dedicated to Peru.
The second presentation took place on Wednesday 7 at the Alliance Française Bangkok, celebrating the 198th Anniversary of the Independence of Peru.
Finally, on Thursday 8, the Peruvian musicians and dancers performed at the recently opened “Icon Siam” shopping center, on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, bringing together a select local and foreign public. On this occasion, attendees were delighted with the music performed by the group, which was complemented by the dances executed by two dance experts.
Bangkok, August 9, 2019
On August 7, the Embassy of Peru in Thailand held a reception followed by a musical concert to commemorate the 198th Anniversary of Peru's Independence. Around 260 people attended this important event, including members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited in Thailand, representatives of the Thai Government, businessmen, academics, media, friends of Peru and the Peruvian community residing in Thailand, who were delighted by delicacies of the Peruvian gastronomy, tasted "Pisco Sour" and enjoyed music and dances from Peru.
After the reception, held in the halls of the Alliance Française Bangkok, the guests went to the auditorium to appreciate the concert and dances of “Apu Inka”. This activity is part of a tour of this artistic group, which was organized by the Peruvian Foreign Ministry and some Embassies and Consulates in Asia, to disseminate Peruvian culture and foster intercultural dialogue with this part of the world.
The presentation of "Apu Inka" allowed attendees to enjoy a most varied Peruvian musical repertoire, through the performance of representative pieces of the national folklore. Two dancers complemented the cast, captivating the audience with their graceful and colorful performance of dances from the coast, highlands and rain forest, while photographs that showed the landscapes and customs of Peru were being projected in the background.
The Peruvian musicians also performed two traditional Thai and one Peruvian compositions, accompanied by musicians from the Mahidol University, who interpreted them with Thai folk instruments, achieving a perfect harmony and thus symbolizing the encounter between the cultures of both countries and materializing the objective of promoting "person to person" contacts.
Attendees commended the cultural presentation, as well as the tasting of fish ceviche, mango ceviche, “causa”, creamy chicken and chili , quinoa salad, mussels salad, empanadas and potatos “huancaína” style prepared by the reknowned Peruvian chef Omar Frank, under the auspices of “Above Eleven” bar-restaurant, who used Peruvian Hass avocados that can already be bought in Thai supermarkets.
The program of the music group “Apu Inka” includes two additional presentations in Bangkok before continuing to India, the last stage of its Asian tour.
Bangkok, August 7, 2019
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Peru, Ambassador Jaime Pomareda, signed on 31st July 2019 the Instrument of Accession of Peru to the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC), in a ceremony held within the framework of the 52nd Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of ASEAN, in Bangkok, Thailand.
The subscription ceremony was chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, country that holds the presidency of ASEAN during 2019. The Foreign Ministers of the other Member States of this Southeast Asian integration mechanism also participated: Brunei, Cambodia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and Vietnam, who last January had already unanimously approved Peru's accession to the TAC. Likewise, other ministers and representatives of the ASEAN dialogue partners, as well as invited guests and the Secretary General of ASEAN, witnessed this act.
After signing the Instrument of Accession, which makes Peru the 38th contracting party to the Treaty, the Peruvian Deputy Minister sent a message highlighting that one of Peru's foreign policy objectives is to strengthen ties with Asia in general, in which context Peru acceded to APEC, and with Southeast Asia in particular, through the signing of this treaty, amongst other actions.
Accession to the TAC, a fundamental instrument for the relations between ASEAN members and their external partners, is a very important step that Peru has taken since it will facilitate cooperation with ASEAN to boost economic and commercial relations, investment and cooperation in science and technology, including environmental protection, natural disaster management and the fight against climate change, in addition to promoting tourism connectivity and academic and student exchange.
Bangkok, July 31, 2019
Sunday, July 28, The Embassy of Peru in Thailand and the Peruvian community resident in Bangkok celebrated the 198 Anniversary of the National Independence of Peru with a lunch at the new Peruvian restaurant "Machu Picchu & Pisco". More than 40 Peruvian families attended, as well as the Honorary Consul of Peru in the Province of Khon Kaen.
In a red-and-white-colored ambiance and with background Peruvian music, the attendees enjoyed the most emblematic dishes of Peru’s national cuisine, also various Pisco-based cocktails. The Ambassador of Peru, wished a “Happy 28” to all participants and emphasized the happy coincidence of Peru’s national day with the birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand, King Maha Vajiralongkorn or King Rama X, who celebrated his 67year birthday. The Ambassador also congratulated the attendees for the work they do in this country, mainly in the field of business and liberal professions, while still maintaining their links with Peru through their values and their culture which give prestige to Peru. Finally, he mentioned the good bilateral relations between Peru and Thailand in the political, economic, commercial and cultural fields.
On his part, the Chief of the Consular Section, offered a toast with Pisco Sour and highlighted the great integration existing between his office and the Peruvian community in Thailand, including through social networking, among others. He reiterated that the consular staff is permanently dedicated to assist the Peruvian community and invited the participants to attend various cultural promotion activities of Peru in Thailand. He also highlighted the consular policy, carried out by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which aims to provide consular services and assistance to the Peruvian communities abroad. Finally, he read the message of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Peru to the Peruvian people who reside outside their country.
In the morning of July 28, at 7.30 - 12.30 a.m., the Thai national radio station, Radio Thailand, broadcasted the national anthem of Peru and a recorded message from the Peruvian ambassador in which he highlighted the excellent level achieved by the bilateral relations between the two countries and greeted the Peruvian community on the occasion of the 198 Anniversary of the National Independence and also the Thai people, especially His Majesty the King Maha Vajiralongkorn on his birthday.
Further celebrations of the anniversary of Peru’s Independence Day in Thailand will be held on August 7, with a reception and a concert of Peruvian music. For the upcoming event, Thai authorities, diplomats, businessmen, academics and other friends of Peru have been invited.
Bangkok, July 28, 2019