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Southwestern Illinois trade panel extending reach to Peru, plans luncheon

The Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at SIUE and the Southwest Illinois Trade and Investment Council are planning a luncheon program on doing business in Peru on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

“PERU: A Friendly Country for Doing Business” is a complimentary lunch program to highlight business opportunities in Perú, key sectors, the latest investment projects and how to increase a business’ footprint in Latin America.

Silvia Torres Bowman, director of the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center, said that over the past decade, Peru has been the fastest-growing economy in Latin America with a 5.5 percent average annual growth rate, exhibiting the region’s second lowest inflation rate at 3.6 percent. Poverty levels are down from 42.4 percent in 2007 to 21.7 percent in 2017, and Peru maintains the highest consumer confidence levels in Latin America. With a population of 32 million, Peru stands as the third largest market in Latin America. Favorable external characteristics, prudent macroeconomic policies and effective structural reforms have boosted Peru into middle-income country status.

Special guest speaker will be Ricardo Perez Luyo, director of International Business Programs/Entrepreneurship Center, University of Lima, Perú, and the director of Financial Instruments for SMEs/National Diversification Program, Peruvian Ministry of Production

The event is co-sponsored by:  The Southwest Illinois Trade and Investment Council.

The event will take place from  12:30 to 3 p.m. at the  SIUE campus. Birger Hall. 30 N. Circle Drive. Edwardsville.

There is no cost, but pre-registration is required.

Perez-Luyo will be visiting the region on Dec. 2 and 3 . During this visit, the ITC at SIUE will finalize a joint agreement with U. de Lima’s Entrepreneurship Center to stimulate economic development through various initiatives in support of small- and medium-sized businesses as well as connecting entrepreneurs from Perú and Southern Illinois.

To register, contact via e-mail at with your name, company name and e-mail address. You may also call (618) 650-3851 / (618) 650-2452 or visit us at

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