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Cheryl Harvey, Seeds of Ayllu Founder Discusses Doing Business in Guatemala and Peru

Cheryl Harvey, Seeds of Ayllu Founder Discusses Doing Business in Guatemala and Peru

Cheryl Harvey shares her perspectives on the challenges of doing business in Guatemala and Peru as a British business owner. Biz Latin Hub's Carina Zambrano had the pleasure of connecting with Cheryl Harvey, Founder and Mindful Director of Seeds of Ayllu Limited and former Country Manager to our office in Lima, Peru. We gained insight into her experience exporting high quality, nutritious, consciously cultivated Brazil Nuts and Cacao from the Amazon Rainforest of Peru and communities in Guatemala to her home region, the United Kingdom. Cheryl shares her perspectives on the challenges of doing business in Guatemala and Peru as a British business owner, as well as the differences in business culture while operating in Latin America.  1. As someone from a small village in the countryside of England, what brought you to Latin America? In 2010, I left England carrying my backpack and in search of adventure. My plan was to travel for 5 months in Latin America and then return to England to contemplate the next step in my accountancy career. Little did I know what this trip had in store for me and that 10 years later I would be living a very different life; living my true life and working in support of the small indigenous farming communities in Peru and Guatemala. 2. What led you to opening your business, Seeds of Ayllu, in Peru and Guatemala? In early 2017, I left behind my management position in Lima, Peru. The major shift came when I spent time in the Amazon Region of Madre de Dios-Peru and did deep inner work with native plant medicine. I now have an incredibly...

British Ambassador Jeff Glekin Highlights Opportunities for People and Business in Bolivia

British Ambassador Jeff Glekin Highlights Opportunities for People and Business in Bolivia

Jeff Glekin shares insights on the work of the British Embassy to strengthen connections with Bolivian people, businesses and institutions. As part of our Q&A series, Biz Latin Hub’s Chelsea Heywood reached out to Jeff Glekin, British Ambassador to Bolivia, to hear about his experience developing British relations with the Latin American country. Jeff has an extensive background in diplomatic roles, previous serving as the Deputy Head of Mission in Bogotá, Colombia, Deputy Head of Commercial and Economic Diplomacy for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and Deputy Head of Mission in Mumbai, India. In this discussion, Jeff shares insights on the work of the British Embassy to strengthen connections with Bolivian people, businesses and institutions. Bolivia is an economy often overshadowed by its neighbours. What advantages does Bolivia offer British nationals and businesses that people may not necessarily know about? Bolivia has been growing faster than most Latin American countries for the last 10 years with the poverty levels decreasing significantly during that period. Its biggest city and business hub, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, is one of the fastest growing urban conglomerates in the entire emerging world and has strong commercial linkages with Argentina and Brazil, two of the largest markets in the region. In that sense, there are several business opportunities for British firms in Bolivia, both in terms of British exports to Bolivia or profitable investment in the country.  Sectors that deserve particular attention are Mining (lithium, rare earths and other...

Peru and the UK Sign Reconstruction Agreement

Peru and the UK Sign Reconstruction Agreement

In June 2020, the UK government won Peru’s bid for the “Integral plan for the reconstruction of the damaged infrastructure of the Northern regions of Peru affected by floods in 2017", also called the Reconstruction Agreement or Programme. This government-to-government agreement involves the reconstruction of Peruvian infrastructure and the construction of preventative measures against natural disasters. Parties involved in the Peru-UK Reconstruction Agreement The Reconstruction Agreement involves an investment of approximately US$2.020 billion. The Reconstruction Agreement was signed on 22 June 2020, between the Peruvian government, represented by the Authority for Reconstruction with Changes (ARCC), and the UK government, represented by the Department for International Trade (DIT). The investment is worth S/7 billion (approximately US$2.020 billion) and will last for 2 years, with allowance for a third year. The project will be carried out by 3 companies forming the UK Delivery Team: Mace Limited, Arup Limited and Gleeds International Limited. The Peru-UK partnership is an enduring one. The UK was Peru’s lead partner while delivering the Lima 2019 Games, the fourth largest sports event in the world. Following the success of this partnership, the Reconstruction Agreement only further strengthens these regional commitments. Reconstruction projects The 2017 Coastal El Niño is a natural disaster that severely affected many Peruvian regions. Heavy rains, landslides, and floods destroyed infrastructure and crops, leaving people homeless. The Peru-UK Reconstruction Agreement...

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