Nova Scotia is forging stronger economic bonds with Peru and creating opportunities to export the province’s expertise in the oil and gas sector. The province agreed today, Nov. 22, to work with the Comite de Administration de Recursos para Capacitacion (CAREC) to identify programs and degrees that would be of interest to Peru’s oil and gas sector. CAREC is the private organization responsible for education in Peru’s growing oil and gas industry. “This agreement will help build productive relationships that could lead to Nova Scotia’s involvement in new markets and greater investment in the province,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “Exporting our knowledge and forming trade partnerships around the globe is an important part of jobsHere, the plan to grow our economy.” By matching CAREC with Nova Scotian training providers, the province is saving time and public dollars for educators. “We are eager to see what the results of this process will be,” said Aurelio Ochoa Alencastre, CAREC president. “Our industry is growing rapidly and the demand for highly skilled workers, like the ones found in Nova Scotia, presents us both with a great opportunity for co-operation.” Provincial representatives are in Peru for business meetings with CAREC. Peru is one of Canada’s largest trading partners in Latin America and the Caribbean.