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PM Harper's Upcoming India Mission Strategically Well Timed for Bi-Lateral Relations says Canada India Business Council


An opportunity to advance on free trade, foreign direct investment and talent circulation between Canada and India.

Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) October 30, 2012

At a time when Canada is competing for mindshare in a country and region that will drive growth in the coming decade, Prime Minister Harper's upcoming visit to India (November 3-9, 2012) is a well-timed and strategic.

PM Harper will be the first Head of State to meet with Prime Minister Manhohan Singh's and the newly shuffled Indian Cabinet and Council Of Ministers.

His presence will provide momentum to several important negotiations that are close to fruition, including the Foreign Investment Protection and Promotion (FIPPA), Nuclear Co-operation Agreement (NCA), Social Security Agreement (SSA) and the ongoing Comprehensive Economic Protection Agreement (CEPA).

“Visible and sustained leadership from the apex of government has fast become a key success factor thickening commercial ties in fast growth economies. This will be the PM's second visit in three years and has the potential to be a catalyst for completing the last mile on a number of outstanding agreements and striking some innovative new partnerships at a time when India is looking for smart solutions to its crisis needs. The task is to go from episodic to strategic engagement and raising mindshare for Canada.” says Rana Sarkar, President & CEO of Canada-India Business Council.

“Canada has much to offer India in areas where India is looking for solutions. Prime Minister Harper's second visit in three years, together with increasingly frequent visits by senior ministers, sends a strong signal that India is a priority for Canada.” says Peter Sutherland, Former High Commissioner to India & Vice-Chairman, Canada-India Business Council.

Coinciding with the PM's trip, the Canada India Business Council will be hosting the Second Annual Canada-India Business Forum in Delhi, India (November 5-6, 2012). The Forum brings together leaders from industry, government, academia and civil society to address the priority challenges facing the evolving relationship between Canada and India in the year ahead.

This year's Forum will be the largest ever gathering of senior Canadian business leaders in India.

For more information on the Canada India Business Forum or to speak with either Mr. Peter Sutherland or Mr. Rana Sarkar on the implications of the PM's trip to India, please contact:

Emily Hamilton
Communications & Research Coordinator
Canada-India Business Council
ph: 416-214-5947 x 26
email: ehamilton(at)canada-indiabusiness(dot)ca

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