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  • 14 Jan 2018 1:17 PM | Mayank Bhatt (Administrator)
    Punjab Chief Minister welcomes 
     
    Indo-Canadian collaboration
     
    Meeting with Haryana Chief Minister  ●  ICCC signs MoU with Trade Promotion Council of India 
     
    Visit to Nirma University    Roundtables in Chandigarh with MIA, CII 
     
     
     ICCC's India Mission 2018 delegation with Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh 
     

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    Toronto: The delegates of the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce’s (ICCC) India Mission 2018 continued with their high profile meetings in India. Led by ICCC President, Kanwar Dhanjal, the delegation members met Capt. Amarinder Singh, the Chief Minister of Punjab, last week. The meeting resulted in the Punjab Chief Minister directing Punjab’s Department of Industries to explore the setting up of a designated help desk for people of Indian origin settled abroad, especially in Canada, to invest in Punjab.

    CM Capt. Amarinder directed the Secretary, Industries and Commerce and CEO Invest Punjab, Rakesh Verma to do so. Urging the delegation, comprising the Indian diaspora, to suggest ways and means to further strengthen bilateral commerce and business ties between the two countries by scaling up trade, the Punjab Chief Minister suggested that they explore investment opportunities in sectors of mutual interest. 

     
     ICCC India Mission 2018 delegation with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar
     

    ICCC President Kanwar Dhanjal said such collaboration was possible in sectors such as Education, Skill Development, Agro-based Industry and Information Technology. Capt. Amarinder assured the delegation of continued synergy at all levels to ensure overall development in the core sectors of health, education, agriculture and skill development in Punjab through transfer of technology and forging of technical collaborations between Punjab and Canada.

    Citing the government’s ‘Connect with Your Roots’ programme, which he launched during his UK visit in September last year, Capt. Amarinder said that this programme would go a long way to help connect youngsters, especially the third generation, who had roots here in Punjab.

    It was an excellent forum to apprise them of the state’s glorious heritage, cultural legacy and rich traditions, he said, adding that a similar program should also be initiated for the youth whose parents/grandparents had immigrated to Canada from Punjab.

     
     MoU with TPCI
     
     
     Roundtable at Mohali Industries Association
     
     
     Roundtable at CII. Chandigarh

    Emphasising the need for regular interaction of students, traders, businessmen and progressive farmers from state with their peers in Canada, the Chief Minister said both Punjab and Canada should facilitate frequent exchange of such delegations, based on their expertise and experience, for mutual benefit.

    The Chief Minister also suggested introduction of certain courses and changes in current academic curriculum to conform with the Canadian education system in order to enable the local youth to get gainful employment in Canada.

    Assuring Capt. Amarinder of their wholehearted support to the government’s efforts to promote development and prosperity in Punjab, the visiting Canadian delegation led by Kanwar Dhanjal said that, as the sons and daughters of the Indian soil, it was their moral duty to contribute something tangible for the growth and prosperity of Punjab. They emphasized the need for concerted efforts to boost the level of trade between Punjab and Canada.

    Dhanjal apprised the Chief Minister of the Canadian technology for converting paddy straw into plywood, which would not only help the state get rid of this menace but also help supplement the income of the farmers multifold.

    Taking part in the deliberations, MLA Fatehjang Singh Bajwa underscored the need to give a fillip to the small scale sector to generate employment opportunities for the state’s youth.

    Prominent among others who attended the meeting were Advisor to Chief Minister B I S Chahal, MLA Bagha Purana Darshan Singh Brar, Addition Chief Secretary Home Affairs, N S Kalsi, Principal Secretary to CM Tejveer Singh, CEO Invest Punjab and Secretary, Industries and Commerce Rakesh Verma, MD PIDB D K Tiwari, MD Punjab Agro Vikas Garg besides members of delegation including its Jag Badwal, Naresh Kumar Chavda, Pranav Patel, Priank Garg, Pradyuman Jhala, Sameer Sharma, and Jagdish Grewal.

     
     Visit to Nirma University
     

    Subsequent to this meeting, the ICCC delegation also met the speaker of the Punjab legislative assembly Rana KP Singh. During the course of parleys, the issue of strengthening trade relations between Punjab and Canada was debated upon.

    Welcoming the delegation, Rana KP Singh said that a congenial atmosphere has been created for trade and business activities in Punjab under the leadership of the Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh and many pro-industrial policies are being implemented in the State. He further said that the Indian community in general and Punjabi community in particular has made a lot of progress in Canada and this progress has also rubbed off positively on the Canadian economy. The Speaker appealed to the delegation members that the NRI Punjabi industrialists should come forward to contribute to the maximum extent in the development of their motherland Punjab.

     
     Meeting with Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industries


  • 11 Jan 2018 4:42 PM | Anonymous

     

    ICCC's India Mission 2018 commences

     

     Five-city, multi-sector trade mission to promote collaboration in sunrise sectors

     

     ICCC's India Mission 2018 delegation with Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in Gandhinagar

     

     

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    Toronto: Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) launched its five-city India Mission 2018 on January 8, 2018.

    The Mission will be visiting Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Chandigarh and Kolkata. The sectors of focus on the 2018 mission are Agro and Food Processing, ICT and Advanced Manufacturing, Financial Services, Education, Business Immigration and Skills Development.

    The highlight of the Mission will be participation in the Bengal Global Summit in Kolkata.

     

     Kanwar Dhanjal with Vijay Kalantri of AIAI & CG Jordan Reeves

    Speaking on the occasion, Kanwar Dhanjal, President, ICCC, said, “As an annual feature, the Chamber has continued with its efforts to take economic ties between Canada and India to the next level.” He added that the primary focus is to build linkages between Canadian and Indian businesses and familiarize Canadian businesses with the tremendous opportunities that have opened up in India.

    The ICCC President explained that India Mission 2018 has special significance because the Indian economy continues to grow at a stupendous rate. A recent World Bank report states the fundamentals of the Indian economy remain strong, with robust economic growth, strong fiscal consolidation, and low current account deficit, higher agricultural output, growing FDI, low inflation and higher wages in rural areas. Foreign investors are flocking to the Indian capital markets in a big way with a net inflow of over $30 billion of so-called hot money in 2017, with equities alone getting over $8 billion – an amount bigger than the cumulative investment of the previous two years.

     

     Kanwar Dhanjal

     

     Nareshkumar Chavda

     

     Pranav Patel

    Working in tandem with the Canadian diplomatic corps, the Chamber’s partners in success which include other business chambers, and union and state governments, the ICCC has lined up interactive sessions, B2B meetings, seminars, and workshops during the next two weeks.  In the first leg of the Mission, it will get the briefing with the Canadian Trade Commissioner’s office in Mumbai.

    In Gandhinagar, the delegation met the Gujarat Chief Minister Honorable Vijay Rupani. The delegates will be meeting important political decision makers including the chief ministers and ministers of Punjab, Haryana, West Bengal, and Gujarat during the mission. The two-week India Mission 2018 that commenced on 8th will conclude on January 18.

     

     Nareshkumar Chavda and Kanwar Dhanjal with Gautam Shah, Ahmedabad's Mayor





     


  • 20 Dec 2017 9:26 PM | Mayank Bhatt (Administrator)
    ICCC Newsletter  
     
    December 2017  
                                                                  
    Letter from the President
     
     Kanwar Dhanjal

    In the first week of December, the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) created a new precedent by organising the first annual SME Expo in Toronto.  The ICCC’s inaugural SME Expo 2017 was a successful attempt by the new leadership of the Chamber to consolidate its programming and make it more business focussed rather than diaspora focussed. The SME Expo replaced the Winter Gala. The exposition attracted nearly two dozen exhibitors that included small businesses as well as large corporations that are the Chamber’s Partners in Success.

    The Expo also included two panel discussions. The Honourable Jeff Leal, Minister for Small Business, Ontario, emphasized the need to promote small businesses with a view to create employment opportunities and lauded the role of Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) in consistently advocating the cause of Canadian small and medium entrepreneurs as a part of its mandate.

    In his extempore remarks, His Excellency Dinesh Bhatia, the Consul General of India in Toronto, credited the ICCC for understanding the emerging dynamics of the Canadian and the Indian economies and the role small businesses are and will be playing in these economies in the future. He said ICCC has pioneered the advocacy and promotion of the small businesses as a sector for the last decade-and-a-half and carved a niche for itself by doing so.

    In the New Year, our Chamber will be leading a successful India Mission 2018 – the seventh consecutive year when the Chamber would be doing so.  India Mission 2018 will commence on January 6 and visit five Indian cities before returning to Toronto January 18. The business mission will visit Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Chandigarh, and Kolkata. The mission will participate in Bengal Global Business Summit in Kolkata and other key global and diaspora programs in the other cities on the itinerary.

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    India Mission 2018

    • Five cities, multi-sector mission from January 6 to January 18
    • Collaboration with Canadian High Commission in New Delhi, Consulate General of India in Toronto 
    • Collaboration with ICCC's Partners in Success in India (ICBC, AIAI, FICCI, CII, ICC, PHDCCI, GCCI)
    • Participation in Bengal Global Business Summit - 2018
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    Give your inputs to Government of India on Program to Assist to Investors

    A technical program is being conceived by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India (GoI) that could be targeted at some of the investing countries with the aim to offer assistance to investors to understand the investment landscape in India. This initiative is a step towards facilitating foreign investment in India by offering all possible assistance and consultancy to investors interested in investing in India.

    Leading institutes in the realm of providing management & entrepreneurship education such as National Institute of Entrepreneurship & Small Business Development (NIESBUD), New Delhi, The Entrepreneurial Development Institute (EDI), Ahmadabad and Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow have been tasked to conceive a Bridge Programme for investors named Outreach.

    The programme being conceived would be based on classroom and industry interface based pedagogy. The length of the programme would be 3 weeks residential programme and would encompass the following elements

    1. A General introduction to and an over view of India

    2. Cross-Cultural Management Issues

    3. Regulatory Landscape, Taxation Regime (Direct and Indirect)

    4. Statutory steps to setup a company and company registration

    5. Legal and Statutory Compliance Requirement

    6. FDI Policy

    7. Other parameters on the Ease of doing business namely land acquisition processes, labor hiring, environmental laws etc.

    8. Elements of entrepreneurship in the Indian landscape.

    The exact details of the programme are being worked out in consultation with the above cited institutes. A tentative cost for a 3-week programme for a quorum of 25 participants, inclusive of Boarding, Lodging, Transportation and Course Material, is as follows:

    • NIESBUD, New Delhi: 6000 USD (ex Delhi)

    • EDI, Ahmadabad: 4700 USD (ex Ahmadabad

    • IIM, Lucknow: 4500 USD (ex Lucknow)

    ICCC is requested to bring this to the notice of all their members and seek their responses to this proposal with the aim to explore if there is some additional topic(s) which they would wish to be covered under this course / required time duration / optimal cost and finally relevant content to give final shape to this Bridge Programme.

    Inputs regarding this proposal may please be forwarded to the Consulate by 28 December, 2017.

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    India in Canada's worldview  

    India hardly figures in current discourse on Canadian foreign policy. Yet, the two countries are important to each other: one, a source of investment, technology and energy, the other an attractive market. The current challenge is to conclude negotiations on long-pending trade and investment agreements

    By Rajiv Bhatia 
     

     

    As the Trudeau government completes two years in November 2017, uncertainty persists about the Canadian prime minister’s proposed visit to India. Canada and India are important to each other – Canada as a source of investment, technology and energy and as the home of 1.3 million Canadians of Indian origin, and India as an increasingly attractive market, a large and successful democracy and a global player. Yet, today’s mainstream discourse on Canada’s conduct of foreign relations does not include India – barring the occasional mention. Likewise, Canada goes missing from analyses of Indian foreign policy in the Indian media. Bilateral Track II dialogue on foreign policy issues hardly exists, reflecting the low priority each country accords the other.

    A two-week sojourn in Toronto, with the opportunity to meet a range of scholars, diplomats and other experts, yielded many insights into the existing state of the bilateral. It reinforced the impression that shared values, the G20 platform and the Commonwealth connection form the background to this bond. Driven by these obvious commonalities, the two countries have cooperated well, culminating in Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Canada in April 2015. This gesture reciprocated several visits by Canadian VIPs including PM Harper and the governor general. After Trudeau became PM in November of that year, ministerial visitors to India have kept the momentum going, but interaction at the highest political level is still awaited.

    The Indo-Canadian community, which is growing in size and influence, with four ministers and 19 MPs at the federal level, favours a closer bilateral relationship. Some elements, though, that are interested in persisting with the fundamentalist agenda of the past, remain keen on holding the partnership back, and even received a boost in their mission when the Ontario assembly adopted a motion in April 2017, which described the 1984 anti-Sikh riots as “genocide”. This immediately evoked negative reactions in India. The official spokesman stated: “We regret this misguided motion which is based on a limited understanding of India, its constitution, society, ethos, rule of law and the judicial process,” adding that New Delhi’s views were conveyed to the government and political leadership in Canada. 

    Rajiv Bhatia is Distinguished Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies Programme, Gateway House and a former ambassador.
    He served as Consul General in Toronto during 1994-98.
    © Copyright 2017 Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations. All rights reserved. Any unauthorized copying or reproduction is strictly prohibited.
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  • 13 Dec 2017 6:30 PM | Anonymous

    Me & My ICCC: Let’s Benefit

    Seminars Series: Networking & Edutainment

     

     ICCC team with the small entrepreneurs presenters

    Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) organsied its second seminar in the ‘ Me & My ICCC : Let’s Benefit’ series on December 13, 2017 on the theme Networking and B2B meeting.

    The series with specific theme is expected to be held once in every two months inviting business promoters for pitching their services to the Chamber’s members at competitive rates.

    Theme based events connect chain of services introduced and offered by members. Understand the integration within a given theme, be it Real estate, Hospitality, Healthcare, Education.

    The theme also orients and refreshes best practices knowledge shared to our members.  The chime of the event’s success has been promoting business and services for generating internal business leads and networking amidst our trade members.

    The program's purpose is to achieve the following:

    ·         ‘Networking’ – B2B Networking Approach – can it work for me: An Orientation

    ·         Inspirational Speech – Case study of Successful Professional within our ICCC.

    ·         Bringing together our ICCC members in developing our trade and contacts.

    ·         Knowing our members closely and build up cross beneficial connectivity

    ·         Business Pitching for our members with specific discounts

    ·         Eventual after 3 Seminars, we shall have newsletter post of the event to highlight on our events and any discounts by members as part of Affinity program.

    Kanwar Dhanjal, President, ICCC, flagged the latest event of the series held December 13. He recognized the event providing valued networking opportunities for our members, while ICCC’s Abu Becker, the Director of Business Development, reminded of various opportunities ICCC offered in terms of recently concluded SME Winter Expo and other important events following such as India Mission and Gala Dinner.

    The event featured four small entrepreneurs to promote their businesses within the Chamber members:

    • SBI Canada Bank - wholly owned subsidiary of State Bank of India the largest Bank in India
    • Tangentia Inc. – IT consulting, technology and outsourcing firm based in Canada, USA, India.
    • BizXL Solutions Inc. – A management consulting firm for improving business performance and enterprise risk management.
    • Canadian Training Partners – providing leadership development, customized solutions as well as career planning tools.

    All of them had their services well presented to the Chamber’s members and offered specific value services to ICCC members.

    The event was well attended. There was a formal representation from India formally announced by Ajay Tandon, ICCC’s Vice President, Programs and Events. 


  • 07 Dec 2017 6:41 AM | Mayank Bhatt (Administrator)
    Promoting small businesses 
     
     ICCC's SME Winter Expo 2017 - a path breaking initiative
     
       
     Ontario Minister Jeff Leal  India's Consul General Dinesh Bhatia

    The Honourable Jeff Leal, Minister for Small Business, Ontario, emphasized the need to promote small businesses with a view to create employment opportunities and lauded the role of Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) in consistently advocating the cause of Canadian small and medium entrepreneurs as a part of its mandate. The Minister was speaking at the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC)’s inaugural SME Expo 2017 held Tuesday, December 5, 2017, in Toronto.  

    In his extempore remarks, His Excellency Dinesh Bhatia, the Consul General of India in Toronto, credited the ICCC for understanding the emerging dynamics of the Canadian and the Indian economies and the role small businesses are and will be playing in these economies in the future. He said ICCC has pioneered the advocacy and promotion of the small businesses as a sector for the last decade-and-a-half and carved a niche for itself by doing so.

    The ICCC’s inaugural SME Expo 2017 is a successful attempt by the new leadership of the Chamber to consolidate its programming and make it more business focussed rather than diaspora focussed. The SME Expo replaced the Winter Gala. The exposition attracted nearly two dozen exhibitors that included small businesses as well as large corporations that are the Chamber’s Partners in Success.

     
       
     Kanwar Dhanjal, President, ICCC  Royce Mendes, Economist, CIBC

    In his remarks, ICCC President Kanwar Dhanjal said, ICCC-SME Expo2017 is a great opportunity for Canadian small businesses to make direct connection with consumers and other businesses.  Customised to cater to the growing connectivity needs of small businesses, and building upon the ICCC’s pledge to create opportunities for small entrepreneurs, ICCC-SME Expo2017 will become a trendsetter in the years to come.

    Mr. Dhanjal added that the event is an attempt by the incumbent leadership of the ICCC to infuse the Chamber with business oriented programming. The ICCC-SME Expo2017 was organised in the backdrop of the increasing significance of small businesses to the Canadian economy. As a result, during the last decade-and-a-half, the ICCC has increasingly focused on advocating on behalf of small businesses.

    The ICCC President said, in 2016 97.9 percent of entrepreneurial businesses were small businesses that employed 70.5 percent of the total private labour force.  Small businesses contribute 30 percent to the Canadian GDP, account for 25.2 percent of exports and incur 27 percent of R&D expenditure. Keeping in mind that 78.5 percent of Canadian small businesses are service oriented, the ICCC-Expo2017 as well as the panel discussion will focus primarily on services sector.

     
       
    Panel on Financing, Support and Startup, 
    Impact of Proposed Tax Changes
    Panel on Cryptocurrency, Fintech 
    and Digital revolution

    Two panel discussions were also organised as a part of the SME Expo 2017. Veteran ICCC member Murray Jans moderated the first on Financing, Support and Startup, Impact of Proposed Tax Changes. The panelists were Jeff Dennis – Partner at Fasken Martineau; Renu Narang – BDC; and Mike Marshall – CIBC. Sat Swaminathan moderated the second panel discussion on Cryptocurrency, Fintech and Digital revolution. The panelists for this one included Rahul Petkar – CEO Intellect Design Arena Inc., Harshvendra Soin – VP & Country Head, Tech Mahindra; and Peter McArthur – RBC.

    Royce Mendes, Director & Senior Economist, CIBC, gave the keynote address. 


  • 15 Nov 2017 9:00 AM | Mayank Bhatt (Administrator)
    ICCC Newsletter  
     
    November 2017  
                                                                  
    Letter from the President
     
     Kanwar Dhanjal

    Kanwar Dhanjal (r) & Sanjay Brahmbhatt (l)
    in Ottawa
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    It was a rare privilege for me to be invited by the Canadian House of Commons’ International Trade Committee earlier this month to make a presentation on Multiculturalism and International Trade.

    The International Trade Committee of the Canadian House of Commons is in the process of consulting different bilateral chambers of commerce to understand the impact of multiculturalism on trade and to device mechanisms to deepen and sustain this impact. In particular, the committee is analyzing the following:

    • Impact of diaspora communities on trade and economic growth in Canada
    • The economic benefits of diversity and inclusion in trade
    • How Canadians successfully trade with their countries of origin
    • How diaspora drives exports
    • The ways the federal government can support trade of this nature

    In my presentation as the President of Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC), I emphasized the catalytic role that the Chamber has been performing in ensuring that the Indo-Canadian diaspora is positively engaged in promoting bilateral trade relations between Canada and India.

    I elucidated the measures that the ICCC had undertaken over the last four decades in promoting bilateral trade, and in particular, stressed upon the tangible outcomes of the annual India Mission which provides an opportunity for Canadian small businesses to forge linkages with Indian small businesses. Many Canadian suburban cities are now participating in the India Mission to establish direct connections with India. The India Mission is a multi-sector, multi city trade mission to India organised annually, which one of the initiative to boost the trade between two countries.

    Mr. Sanjay Brahmbhatt, Director, International Trade, Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC), also accompanied me to Ottawa and was present during the formal session with the International Trade Committee.


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    Markham honours ICCC  
     
     
    Mayor of Markham His Worship Frank Scarpitti honoured the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce with a Certificate of Appreciation. Pranav Patel, Director, Membership and YPE, accepted the certificate on behalf of the ICCC
     

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    India visit of Canadian Ministers  
     
    François-Philippe Champagne, Navdeep Bains, Marc Garneau on a multi-city visit
     
    4th India-Canada Annual Ministerial Dialogue
     
    Interviews with Champagne and Garneau

     

    The vibrancy of Canada’s cultural and people-to-people ties with India is a competitive advantage that has yet to be fully tapped for the benefit of Canadians and Indians alike. Canada counts more than a million Indo-Canadians comprising 3 percent of the Canadian population and $8 billion in annual trade. Deepening economic engagement now is the key to turning that strength in cultural diversity into an economic one for long-term growth, prosperity and more middle-class jobs for Canadians.

    India has long standing friendly bilateral relations with Canada. Though geographically separated by a large distance, the historical ties between the two countries date back to the late 19th Century, when Indians began migrating in small numbers to British Columbia in Canada. Trade and investment relations between India and Canada are yet to realise their full potential. Given enormous complementarities, a concerted effort to boost bilateral trade and investment from both sides would provide a fruitful outcome.

    To that end, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade; the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development; and the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, were on a trade mission to India from November 13 to 17, 2017, along with a delegation of Canadian business people.

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  • 29 Oct 2017 6:30 PM | Mayank Bhatt (Administrator)
    Assam's Minister wants heart-to-heart connection
     
    Chandra Mohan Patowary leads a high-powered delegation to Toronto

    Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary

    Chandra Mohan Patowary, Minister for Industries and Commerce of India’s eastern province Assam, declared that his mission is to establish a heart-to-heart dialogue between his province and Canada. “We have all heard of B2B, B2C, I’m here to establish a H2H linkage between my home and your home. H2H means heart to heart,” Patowary said and the gathering of Indo-Canadian entrepreneurs and professionals gathered at the networking reception broke into a spontaneous applause.

    The Minister was leading a six-member delegation comprising Minister Keshav Mahanta, Chief Secretary of Assam, Vinod Kumar Pipersenia, other key officials including members of the international desk of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

    Kanwar Dhanjal, President, Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) welcomed the delegation and informed them that the ICCC would be leading a delegation to India in the New Year and would actively consider putting Assam on the itinerary. He spoke about the ICCC’s plans to organise a series of trade related events starting next month and going well into the next year.

       
                                      CG Bhatia
     ICCC President Kanwar Dhanjal

    Consul General of India in Toronto,  Ambassador Dinesh Bhatia, in his remarks said that there were many similarities between Canada and India and that the trade potential between the two countries was tremendous and as yet largely untapped. He said that the leadership of both the countries are committed to improve the trade relations. He pointed out the many meetings at different venues that the Canadian and Indian prime ministers have had and their commitment to improve trade ties.

    Minister Patowary said that Assam is the gateway to India’s Looking East policy and thanks to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the word ‘Looking’ has been dropped and been replaced by ‘Acting’. He said the Acting East policy is geared up to cater to not just the eight North Eastern provinces of India, but also countries that are contiguous of Assam, which has a 4,000-odd kilometres international border. Minister Patowary said that any Canadian investor easily be able to access a large and growing market not only in India’s North east, but also Bangladesh , Myanmar, and even China. 
     
     ICCC leadership and the Consul General with the visiting Assam delegation


  • 25 Oct 2017 6:00 PM | Mayank Bhatt (Administrator)

    ICCC's WEP & BDC organise a
    workshop for women entrepreneurs


    Renu Narang

    Women entrepreneurs are ambitious and talented, and yet, their companies tend to be smaller and grow slower than those of their male counterparts. 

    This can be a real barrier to success in today’s competitive environment. That’s why it’s so important to invest in business and cultivate its growth. The Women Entrepreneurs Committee of ICCC in partnership with BDC recently organised an exclusive event to learn how Women Entrepreneurs can better promote their business.

    Renu Narang, Manager, Entrepreneurship Centre, BDC, was the main speaker at the event. She has over 15 years of diversified experience in banking, business development and real estate. As the manager of the BDC Scarborough Entrepreneurship Centre, Renu manages a team of dedicated individuals support local growing entrepreneurs by providing financing and advisory solutions. Renu and her team provided different solutions for new projects. She is also involved in the community with active participation in school board, and the ICCC.


    Kanwar Dhanjal

    She provided insights into the BDC’s initiative to engage more women entrepreneur in starting businesses. BDC is the only bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs and it offers flexible financing for all type of start-up businesses. It also performs an advisory role for the new business leaders for setting up the venture and has over $50 million investment in women led technology firms


    Devika Penekelapati

    Improvements in businesses with the help of BDC. In his welcome remarks, Kanwar Dhanjal, President of Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) said that the Chamber is focused on promoting women entrepreneurs. He encouraged women entrepreneurs to participate in the Chamber’s forthcoming Canada-India Expo that the ICCC is organising in December 2017, and also participate in the India Mission 2018. Devika Penekelapati, Corporate Secretary and Vice President, Sponsorship, gave the vote of thanks.

  • 24 Oct 2017 6:00 PM | Mayank Bhatt (Administrator)
    Mississauga's glorious ascent
     
    The State of the City Address – an informative and compelling presentation
     
    by Her Worship Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga
     Mayor Crombie delivers 2017 State of the City Address

    "We are strengthening the foundation to build Mississauga for the next fifty years," Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie said during her keynote 2017 State of the City Address delivered at a business networking event hosted by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) last week.

    “I stand before you today to say the state of the City of Mississauga is strong,” Mayor Crombie said. “Our future is bright, proud and promising. We are achieving real results for the entrepreneurs, businesses and people of Canada’s sixth-largest City,” Mayor Crombie added.

    In 2024, Mississauga turns 50, Mayor Crombie said, adding that “the work of Council and staff is proof Mississauga’s next 50 years, will not look like our first 50.”

    “There’s a buzz about our City. It’s being felt around the country. The headlines speak for themselves. All eyes are on Mississauga. But make no mistake: in Mississauga, we don’t leave success to chance. We plan for it. We see it through.”

    “Mississauga is working,” Crombie said.

    Mayor Crombie made the following announcements during her keynote address:

    • Mayor Crombie will represent Ontario this week at the 2017 Federal-Provincial-Territorial meeting of infrastructure ministers;
    • September 2017 Investment Mission to Japan – Mississauga has nearly 100 Japanese companies, more than any other Canadian city;
    • UTM scientist and researcher – Dr. Patrick Gunning – will deliver the keynote address during the Mayor’s 2017 Youth Speaker Series event;
    • 4th Annual First Look Angel Investor Networking Event planned for Spring 2018;
    • City-Wide Small Business Town Hall planned for October 2017;
    • 2nd Annual Mayor’s Youth Employment Expo – taking place on November 19th at City Hall;

    Mayor Crombie also discussed at length city-building accomplishments and opportunities including:

    • Projected nearly $52 million in savings of tax dollars over the past decade;
    • For the fourteenth straight year, Mississauga retains its Triple-A credit rating;
    • Implementation of an accountable and transparent Stormwater Charge to build modern and reliable infrastructure;
    • City of Mississauga’s Five-Year Life Sciences Cluster Strategy;
    • Planned opening of BioLab’s new R&D centre – a job-creating investment secured in large part by the Mayor’s 2015 South American Investment Mission;
    • The Economic Development Office’s Building Skilled Talent Together Forum – which led to partnerships with the Mayor’s Office to launch two new youth employment programs: one in aerospace the other in information technology (IT);The development of Mississauga’s first-ever 25-year Transportation Master Plan;
    • Planned opening of the Renforth Gateway Transitway stop;
    • Ongoing progress with Metrolinx to build the Hurontario LRT;
    • Ongoing advocacy for Council-approved priorities including the Missing Link all-day, two-way GO Train plan and Making Room for the Middle – Mississauga’s housing affordability plan;
    • Tech and the City Hackathon on October 21 at UTM’s Innovation Complex;
    • Council and staff are developing a made-in-Mississauga Climate Change Action Plan; this follows Council’s approval to join the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy and a vote to designate the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River basin – as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve;

    Mayor Crombie informed the participants that the city surpassed its target for the 2017 Mayor’s City-Wide Food Drive. “Since this current Council was sworn in, we all have so much to be proud of,” Mayor Crombie said. “We’re doing what we said we would do.”

    Mayor Crombie concluded “It is an honour to serve as your mayor. As we look ahead, there is more to be done. We’ve only just begun. And I’m ready for the hard work that’s ahead of us.”

    In his remarks, ICCC President Kanwar Dhanjal informed the Mayor of Mississauga that the ICCC is planning a major program in the next couple of months – the Winter Expo will be a first of its kind event that will showcase the businesses of Canadian small businesses and simultaneously focus on pertinent issues pertaining to small businesses through panel discussions involving specialists and experts.

    He said, in the New Year, the ICCC will have its traditional multi-city, multisector trade mission to India that will once again focus on a mix of sunrise and traditional sectors of bilateral trade between Canada and India. “We will also have our annual Canada – India Business symposium in June that will coincide with our Annual Gala.”

    Mr. Dhanjal enumerated the Chamber’s new plan. He said the under new leadership is young and is giving a new direction and impetus to the 40-year-old institution. “India is booming with a sustained growth averaging at around 7 percent,” he said.

    Canada – India trade is also steadily growing and the two-way merchandise trade has reached $8billion, and will enhance at a faster pace when the CEPA is signed, bilateral investment is also steadily growing and will enhance exponentially when the FIPPA is signed.

     
    ICCC board with Mayor Crombie


  • 16 Oct 2017 3:52 PM | Anonymous
    Talking bilateral trade
     

    ICCC team meets Francois-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s International Trade Minister

     
    ICCC Team with Minister Hon. Francois-Philippe Champagne, MP Ruby Sahota and his team

    The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister for International Trade, met with a team of Directors of the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) led by President Kanwar Dhanjal. The other members of the team comprised Pramod Goyal, VP - Finance; Abu Becker, Director - Affinity & Business Development; Pranav Patel, Director - Membership; Tauseef Sheikh, Director - Sponsorship; and Pradyuman Jhala, Director - SME. The Minister was accompanied by his team of interlocutors including David Hartman, Director General South Asia Bureau, and MP Ruby Sahota. Together the two teams discussed issues of significance to Canada-India bilateral trade.

    The Minister informed the ICCC team that an official Canada government is visiting India next month to continue with the discussions with the Indian authorities on issues of mutual interest. Hon. Champagne insisted that the key to exponential success in bilateral trade in merchandise and services will only come about following the signing of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), and the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPPA).

    The ICCC delegation emphasized the growing importance of sunrise sectors in bilateral trade and service including education and food processing. Kanwar Dhanjal, President, ICCC, said “Both governments must be cognisant of the growth of these two sectors, and do everything to promote them.” He added that the ICCC would support any initiative taken to promote these two sectors. Thanks to the steady increase in the number of international students from India, and the rise in tourism, the revenue from students and tourists from India is expected to rise substantially.

       

    The ICCC team also spoke about the tremendous potential in the film production and distribution sector. Canada and India signed a co-production treaty in 2014 and the treaty allows film producers to tap into various incentives and tax breaks offered by both governments. Soon after the treaty was signed, a delegation of 14 Canadian producers participated in the 4th Forum of the Canada-India Business Council in Mumbai to promote the Canada-India Audiovisual Co-Production Treaty.

    Telefilm Canada and the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) are spearheading the co-production cooperation with support from the High Commission of Canada in New Delhi, the Consulate General of Canada in Mumbai and the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA).

    The ICCC team also spoke about the imminent decision of the Indian government to allow 100 percent Foreign Direct Investment in the defense sector. India is planning to further liberalize its defense sector by allowing 100 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) in projects. The move is mainly aimed at curtailing the striking slowdown in the defense sector which has failed to attract huge investments in recent years despite the introduction of sweeping reforms in defense investment rules. Pramod Goyal, VP -Finance, said that the opening of the defense sector would give tremendous opportunities to the Canadian defense equipment manufacturers.

    The ICCC team also discussed the growing need in the Indian agriculture sector of farming technology and equipment where Canada can deliver Indian needs. Among the other issues that the ICCC team discussed with the International Trade Minister and his team was to build partnership with Director General South Asia Bureau and to work with the Canada’s International Trade department to avail of grants to invite trade delegations from India to visit Canada.

    The ICCC team also discussed the Smart Cities project and the Canadian involvement in the project, and the global city development in India. The ICCC team also communicated the forthcoming India Mission 2018 and the business symposium that will be held in December 2017.

    The ICCC Directors team also had a meeting with MP Ramesh Sangha, who is also the Chair of Canada – India Parliamentary Friendship Group (CIPFG) and explored areas of mutual co-operation and to further strengthen joint working between the two teams.


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