Country Information Peru
Peru is situated in the heart of Latin America, connecting Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Bolivia and Chile. This geographic advantage combined with the government’s strong free trade policy made the country known as the most important hub for Latin America. Since 2006, Peru has signed trade deals with many countries, including the USA, China and the European Free Trade Association and signed a trade pact with Chile, Colombia, and Mexico called the Pacific Alliance that rivals Mercosur in combined population, GDP, and trade.
The Peruvian economy has been growing since 2002 accompanied by a low inflation and a stable exchange rate. It is as diversified as the country’s geography. The desert coastal region provides for excellent fishing grounds and agriculture. A wide range of important mineral resources are found in the high sierra of the Andes and the Amazonas are rich in petroleum. Peru is also known for the production of high quality textiles. The country is seen as an excellent travel destination, with one of the ‘New 7 Wonders of the World’ Machu Picchu as the highlight of the trip. And let’s not forget the Peruvian cuisine that earned acknowledgement as one of the world’s finest.
Country Director Peru
The Peruvian representation of Access Latin America is managed by Feline Bouwhuis, lawyer and owner of the Dutch Desk: a juridical platform Dutch citizens, companies and investors can rely to in order to facilitate their commercial activities in Peru.
Feline Bouwhuis lives in Peru since 2012 and has extensive knowledge of its cultural, juridical and political background. She worked at the Dutch Embassy in Lima after which she successfully obtained her LL.M. title issued by the University of Maastricht, in Peru by means of a recognition procedure at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. In 2017 she entered the Lima Bar Association.
Her enterprising mindset led to the founding of the Dutch Desk in 2016. Through the Dutch Desk she facilitated foreign, mainly Dutch, companies with their business in Peru; not only by attending their juridical cases or resolving obstacles for trade with/in Peru, but also by means of local representation, the establishment of companies and branches, mediation and negotiation with potential clients and customers.