On his visit he met with President Tabaré Vázquez and members of his Cabinet, Congressional leaders, senior officials, business representatives and alumni from Australian universities. He also received the keys to the city from Mayor Daniel Martínez.
The visit -the first ever to Uruguay by an Australian Governor-General- reflects the longstanding friendship between the two countries and the intention of both sides to strengthen the relationship even further with the creation of the Australian Studies Centre (ASC), the first one in Latin America.
After meeting with Universidad ORT Uruguay authorities, Petrel Energy Managing Director, David Casey, said: “we view our support of the ASC as a very tangible way of demonstrating our support to the country and a sign of our commitment to building a strong business for the future in Uruguay”.
During a welcome ceremony, Mayor Daniel Martinez thanked Australia for hosting many Uruguayans in the country, noting that, “it is very good that two nations share products, such as wool and meat, working together to make more transparent markets and move towards excellence and strengthen cultural ties”.
The Governor-General responded by commenting on the welcome provided by Uruguay. “This is the first time a Governor General of Australia has visited Uruguay and from the moment my wife and I arrived, we received a warm welcome, so we feel very honoured”.
“In Australia I have had the opportunity to meet many Uruguayan migrants and it has always been an honor to speak with them”, said the Governor-General.
In Uruguay the Vice Rector of Universidad ORT Uruguay, Eng. Julio Fernández, thanked Petrel Energy for its contribution to the Australia Studies Centre. He said, “We would like to start the Centre activities as soon as possible, constituting the Advisory Board and organizing an inaugural conference, ideally with your attendance, during one of your visits to our country”.