For many Utahns, the opportunity to experience nice beaches, sun and beautiful people are good reasons to make friendships across borders. Add to this, business, academic and humanitarian relationship opportunities and the motivation is greater still. Fortunately, the Governor’s International Trade and Diplomacy Office (ITDO) is aware of the value of such opportunities. Last week, GOED’s ITDO Office, and their strategic partners the World Trade Center Utah and the Salt Lake Chamber hosted a special delegation from Piura, Peru, known for its abundant mineral, agricultural and marine resources as well as its beautiful costal region and rich cultural heritage. It is also the oldest Spanish city in South America and the first city in Peru. The delegation included Javier Atkins, Regional President of Piura, three Mayors from the Piura region, and the President of the National University of Piura, one of the most prestigious universities in Peru, among others.
The three days were packed with partner and cooperation building activities, meetings with local businesses and humanitarian organizations and a private meeting with Governor Herbert. During its stay the delegation also met with two Utah Mayors, Mayor Corroon of Salt Lake County and Mayor Evans of Orem, as well as representatives from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the University of Utah, Westminster College, Salt Lake Community College and Brigham Young University.
The purpose of their visit was to enhance the relationship between Utah and Piura and both sides walked away feeling overwhelming success. The delegation was interested in learning what has allowed Utah to be so successful in everything from University internship programs to waste management and public safety. The three Peruvian Mayors were delighted to return to Piura with a Statement of Friendship from Mayor Corroon and called their meeting with Mayor Evans and his team, a meeting of utmost consequence. Additionally, the World Trade Center Utah and the Salt Lake Chamber, signed a Letter of Intent for Partnership and Cooperation between the Salt Lake Chamber and Edgar Guzman Custodio, the Director for Sullana Chamber of Commerce and Tourism in Piura.
All of these activities were packed into just three short days and thanks to the work of the ITDO, WTC Utah as well as dedicated Utah citizens, businesses and other organizations, the relationship between Utah and Piura boasts a very bright future.