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Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce

January 2018
From the President's desk

Kanwar Dhanjal

Successful India Mission 2018
 With Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh 

What does it mean to lead a trade mission to India? I have been humbled by the experience after returning from my first India Mission. We had a series of meetings with our Partners in Success, we forged linkages with new Partners in Success by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI) and the Indo American Business Chamber of SME and renewed our MoU with Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCI) for another three years. We also participated in the second Bengal Global Business Summit. We also had meetings with four Chief Ministers of Indian states and were able to avail of the opportunity to understand first-hand the significant measures these Indian states have undertaken to move ahead with their economic development.

India Mission 2018 was by all accounts a tremendous success. We were able to successfully visit Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, New Delhi, Chandigarh and Kolkata during the two-week mission and we were able to focus on the sectors the ICCC had chosen to promote during the mission – Agro and Food Processing Industries, Advanced Manufacturing, Financial Services, Education, Business Immigration and Skills Development. We were greeted with enthusiastic response in every city, in every meeting. It was personally gratifying to me to witness the enthusiasm evinced by Capt. Amarinder Singh, the Chief Minister of Punjab, to our proposal of a more intense collaboration between Indo-Canadian entrepreneurs and the state of Punjab. He immediately announced the formation of an investors’ help desk dedicated for this purpose.

It is expected that Prime Minister of Canada Hon. Justin Trudeau will be visiting India in late February. That visit, if it does fructify, will give a further impetus to the already blossoming ties between our two democracies. During the India Mission, I had the occasion to discuss in detail the measures we need to take to improve the bilateral trade and to double it within the next four years from its present level of $8 billion. And every stakeholder is of the view that we must get the CEPA and FIPPA in place. These two agreements will become the harbingers of a new dawn that will herald a new era in our bilateral economic relations. I am confident that these agreements will be inked soon.

By next month, we will have the concluding report on the India Mission 2018 out which will provide additional information about everything that our delegates did in India in early January 2018. I hope you will find the report informative. Should you be interested in accessing the online version of the preliminary report for the mission that was released in India, you may do so here: India Mission 2018.


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