Thank you, Mr. Chair, and thank you for the invitation to join you today.
As you mentioned, I'm here with Ryan Stein, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce's director of international and transportation policy. The Canadian Chamber is pleased to provide its input into Bill C-24, the Canada-Peru free trade agreement implementation act. We support the government's commitment to enhance our relationships in the Americas and are pleased that the government has concluded this important free trade agreement.
Breaking down investment and trade barriers during these economic times sends a strong message to the rest of the world that more market access is part of the solution. It also makes sure that Canadian companies are not disadvantaged compared to businesses in other countries. As you may know, Peru has already negotiated agreements with the United States and China, and is in the process of negotiations with the EU and Japan.
The Canada-Peru agreement makes sure that Canadian companies are well positioned to take advantage of market access opportunities in the growing Peruvian economy. As a result of political stability and commitment to market openness and disciplined economic management, Peru is realizing sustained growth it has not seen in decades. In 2008, real GDP grew by 9.2%, and even during this economic downturn, Peru's economy is forecast to grow 2.8% in 2009 and 3.9% in 2010. Canadian companies are already positioning themselves in Peru, exporting $391 million in 2008, an 18% increase from the year before.
Canadian investment in Peru, valued at $1.8 billion in 2007, is also on the rise. As our presence in Peru grows, it is important that we have a transparent and rules-based system in which to operate. The Canada-Peru free trade agreement does exactly that. Specifically, Peru will remove tariffs on 95% of Canadian exports within the next five to ten years. Major exports such as pulses, cereals, paper, technical instruments, and machinery will benefit from a rules-based system. More exports abroad mean more job opportunities here in Canada.
On the investment side, the agreement builds on the existing Canada-Peru Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement by adding the allowance of free transfer of investment-related capital, protecting companies against unlawful expropriations, providing non-discriminatory treatment for Canadian investments, and allowing binding arbitration to settle disputes. The Canadian mining sector is especially well positioned to take advantage of these new rules. Currently only 10% of Peru's natural resources are being explored, leaving a lot of room for growth and for investment.
Before the financial crisis, the Peruvian government was expecting an additional $14 billion in investment in site upgrades. Expanding investment in mining also creates opportunities for mining equipment and mining service providers. The Canada-Peru agreement gives Canadian companies the ability to get in on the action.
Peru is also committed to opening its services sector well beyond the WTO agreement. Increased transparency, provisions for a temporary entry of service providers, and a framework for mutual recognition put in place new market access for Canadian companies. The service sector represents two-thirds of the Canadian economy but only 13% of our trade, making the opening of doors for new service markets especially welcome.
Key services exports, such as in mining, energy, and professional services, are especially well positioned to benefit. In addition, comprehensive rules for the financial services chapter create a transparent environment for banking and insurance and security providers. As you know, Canada has some strategic advantages and well-placed companies in the financial services sector.
This agreement also guarantees Canadian suppliers the right to bid on Peruvian procurement projects. As Peru continues to modernize, it will be investing in its national infrastructure, including energy, roads, and irrigation systems. The free trade agreement positions Canadian companies well to take advantage of government projects.
Accompanying the free trade agreement are strong labour and environmental side agreements. We support strong, responsible business conduct and government efforts to build capacity in these areas in both companies and in host governments. Canadian companies are leaders in socially responsible business practices. They lead by example and raise the standard for all companies to meet wherever they operate. The agreement on labour cooperation commits both countries to follow the ILO's declaration on fundamental principles and rights at work.
The Canada-Peru agreement puts in place health and safety protections, eliminates forced and child labour, protects migrant workers, and meets the minimum employment standards. The labour agreement also has a dispute settlement mechanism with financial penalties as high as $15 million for non-compliance. The agreement on environment commits both countries to comply with and enforce their environmental laws, not weaken them to attract trade and investment. To use voluntary CSR best practices, a consultation option is part of the agreement to ensure compliance.
In conclusion, the Canada-Peru free trade agreement provides Canadian companies with the opportunities to expand trade and investment in a growing Peruvian market. In trade, investment, and procurement markets, a transparent and rules-based system well positions Canadian companies in the fiercely competitive global marketplace. We urge Parliament to quickly pass the Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act.
Thank you. I'd be happy to answer any of your questions.