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Indian PM’s historic visit to Canada promotes bilateral ties

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Canada from April 14 to 16, making stops in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver. Modi’s bilateral visit to Canada provided an opportunity for the leaders to reaffirm the close relationship between Canada and India and to discuss ways to further broaden its scope.

Increased cooperation in the fields of science and technology, innovation, education, security, counter-terrorism and energy featured prominently in discussions.

A reception at Toronto’s Ricoh Coliseum to celebrate the special relationship that exists between Canada and India was attended by parliamentarians, dignitaries and members of Canada’s vast and vibrant Indian diaspora. At the event, Prime Minister Stephen Harper paid tribute to a community that contributes so much to Canada’s cultural richness and economic strength. In his remarks, Modi expressed his continued commitment to further cementing the already strong bonds that unite Canada and India.

A few quick facts:

Canada and India have long-standing and positive bilateral relations based on shared values of democracy, pluralism and a mutual interest in expanding trade.

India is Canada’s largest trading partner in South Asia and continues to be a priority market under Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan.

With bilateral merchandise trade totalling nearly $6.33 billion in 2014, a market of more than 1.2 billion people, and a predicted economic growth of 6.4 per cent in 2015, India represents exciting opportunities for Canadian businesses.

Harper first met Modi on the margins of the G-20 Summit in Australia in November 2014. He also visited India in November 2012 and November 2009.

“India’s growing economy presents enormous opportunities for Canada,” said Harper.

With a High Commission in New Delhi, Consulates General in Bengaluru, Chandigarh and Mumbai, and trade offices in Ahmedabad, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata, Canada’s presence in India ranks as its third-largest globally.

Posted: Apr 28, 2015

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