Assam Minister wants H2H connection

29 Oct 2017 6:30 PM | Mayank Bhatt
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India’s Looking East policy and thanks to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the word ‘Looking’ has been dropped and been replaced by ‘Acting’.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

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