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Delaware and Peru signed a cooperation agreement

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Delaware Governor Jack Markell met with Peruvian President Ollanta Humala to discuss cooperation between two states and to sign Peru's first agreement with an individual U.S. state.

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The agreement creates a framework for a discussion on how Peru and Delaware can complement each others' strengths, including agricultural exports from Peru and Delaware seaport for perishables.

Peru exports asparagus, organic coffee, organic cacao and organic bananas to points around the world. Peru has a diversity of climates and soils, which makes it possible to grow a variety of crops.

"The cooperation between Peru and the government of Delaware indicates our interest in being connected with one of the most dynamic regional economies in the USA. "We are looking forward to amplifying our trade and commercial relationship to the benefit of our people," said Mr. Humala.

The Port of Wilmington is the largest banana port in the Western Hemisphere. State officials say the port is well placed to share information and technical expertise with ports and agricultural exporters in Peru. The Port of Wilmington reports it has been handling Peruvian grapes since 2008.

"We're excited and honored to work together with Peru to explore new ways to create jobs in both of our countries. Delaware is a state of neighbors, so we know how to identify opportunities together and then move quickly to get things done. Our experience with the embassy shows that Peru has a similar approach: open, practical and innovative," said Mr. Markell.

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