Special Report: Global Financial Crisis
LIMA, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- Peruvian Foreign Minister Jose Garcia Belaunde Tuesday announced that Peru will start negotiation with Japan in March for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which is expected to be reached this year.
Garcia Belaunde told local radio station Programs del Peru (RPP) that he met with his Japanese counterpart Hirofumi Nakasone Tuesday morning, who affirmed the international financial crisis will not affect Japan's future negotiations with other Latin American countries.
"He (Nakasone) affirmed there will be some preliminary negotiations in March, by which we can set our negotiation program," he said, adding that Japan has stated that to tackle the international crisis, protectionist policies must be avoided.
The Japanese government has taken measures to aid Peruvians in Japan, most of whom work in the automotive sector and were affected by the international crisis, with retraining programs, according to Garcia Belaunde.
"The idea is to give them a re-training so they can work in other sectors, and that necessarily includes language lessons."