‘PRIORITY MARKET': B.C. Government organizes forum to meet with India’s business leaders

Published: January 7, 2013

LARISSA CAHUTE
VANCOUVER DESI

Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, Pat Bell, says India and B.C. have ‘complimentary economies.’ Jason Payne/PNG

The Government of British Columbia has organized a forum in March to meet with business leaders from India, the “priority market” for the B.C. Jobs Plan.

The Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training is organizing the B.C.-India Global Business Forum for March 12 at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre, where leaders from both economies can connect and discuss trade and investment opportunities.

“It’ll be an interesting dialogue because we’re expecting a fair number of people coming from India for this,” Minister Pat Bell told Vancouver Desi. “(And) we have very complEmentary economies.”

While Canada has many natural resources and a very small population base, India is population-rich, with the largest middle-class in the world — but natural resource poor.

“The opportunity to tap into what is a very rapidly growing economy is attractive from our perspective,” said Bell.

The Ministry hopes to create new export opportunities and greater awareness of the advantages of trading with B.C.

Bell said the forum is “just simply about building relationships,” making connections and understanding the business protocols in India.

But he hopes these connections will flourish into an expansion of Canada’s natural resource sectors like agriculture, forestry, mining and natural gas, as well as opportunities in expanding British Columbia’s international and higher level education and the local tourism industry.

“All of the kind of core sectors that we focus on in the job plan are very much at play here,” said Bell.

President of the Canada-India Business Council’s B.C. Chapter, Vivek Savkur, will also be at the forum and hopes more than government officials take part.

“While it is clear that all levels of government have to play a role in fostering ties between Canada and India, it is the business community that should step into the huge and attractive Indian market and cement this relationship through trade and investment,” he said. “(And) the Canada-India Business Council is doing its part to ensure that B.C. companies learn the opportunities in India and have the wherewithal to pursue them.”

According to Bell, the forum is a way to “really kick off our efforts to expand the Indian market,” which he believes they’ve already done so far by opening two new offices in Mumbai and Chandigarh.

“Between that and some of the other things that we’re focusing on … there’s a really good opportunity to expand our market there,” he said.

lcahute@theprovince.com
twitter.com/larissacahute

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,




Featured

The Canadian Flag flies over the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill on Feb. 15, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Ottawa unveils new immigrant investor program

VANCOUVER DESI Ottawa is now accepting applications for its new immigrant investor program, which aims to provide up to 60 “high-net worth immigrants” a path…
Continue Reading »

kid

Devastating, monthlong heatwave in India has killed hundreds, as temperatures surge close to 50 C

Heatwave ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 12 An Indian child cools off under a fountain at a water park in Hyderabad on May…
Continue Reading »

pioneers

Ossie Kaur Thandi’s family was just one of seven Indo-Canadian families living in New West in 1934

SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Ossie Kaur was 16 years old when she left her childhood home in the Lower Mainland to travel alone to India….
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

pioneers

Ossie Kaur Thandi’s family was just one of seven Indo-Canadian families living in New West in 1934

SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Ossie Kaur was 16 years old when she left her childhood home in the Lower Mainland to travel alone to India….
Continue Reading »

A look at Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s first cabinet

THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON — A look at Alberta’s NDP cabinet sworn in Sunday: Rachel Notley (Edmonton Strathcona) Premier, minister of intergovernmental affairs. Notley, 51,…
Continue Reading »

Japan-Canada trade talks stalled with no meetings in sight

By Mike Blanchfield THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Trade talks have stalled between Canada and Japan — one of the Harper government’s priority countries for…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

weight-loss

Do we need to exercise more or eat less?

JILL BARKER MONTREAL GAZETTE A battle is waging in the scientific journals between several prominent health and fitness experts. In one corner are physicians Aseem Malhotra,…
Continue Reading »

exam scores

Identical twins’ mark sheets almost as identical and the story of a courageous young achiever

HINDUSTAN TIMES AND VANCOUVER DESI They are identical twins and, interestingly, even their mark sheets look almost the same. Ranchi twins Aporupa and Anorupa Chattopadhyay …
Continue Reading »

India-pharma-under scanner

U.S. lawsuit puts generic drug imports from India under scanner

IANS Washington – A U.S. class action lawsuit accusing India’s Ranbaxy of large-scale deception on its generic drug applications puts a question mark on drug…
Continue Reading »

100 year journey

Apart from the overwhelming cold, Sucha Singh Bagri has fond memories of his first few days in B.C.

SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Sucha Singh Bagri arrived in Canada with his father Harnam Singh Bagri on Feb 2, 1935, on the Empress of Russia,…
Continue Reading »

swimsuits

Who wants to be a Princess? Beauty pageant contestants undergo rigorous training

VANCOUVER DESI Divas aspiring to become Indian Princesses are undergoing rigorous training before the grand finale of the beauty pageant in Mumbai. Indian princess pageant 2015 ◄…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

SALMAN KHAN

Is Salman Khan going to join Sylvester Stallone’s Expendables?

IANS Mumbai — Sylvester Stallone and Salman Khan seem to have a mutual admiration. The Hollywood star is all praise for the “super talented Indian…
Continue Reading »

Items of clothing are displayed in room 331 of the Martinez Hotel, where Parisian fashion house Elie Saab provides sartorial services to celebrities attending the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 21, 2015. During the Cannes Film Festival, room 331 is radically transformed into a red carpet emergency room - where celebrities like Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman can rush to if they pop out of a dress, or a zipper breaks. Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP

‘Nip slips’ and broken zippers: Red carpet Emergency Room for Cannes wardrobe malfunctions always full of drama

THOMAS ADAMSON THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CANNES, France – For most of the year, room 331 of the Martinez Hotel is just your run-of-the mill luxury…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood

Bollywood beauty Aishwarya Rai doesn’t leave her daughter alone even for a night

HINDUSTAN TIMES Apart from walking the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is also screening footage from her upcoming film, Jazbaa. The first…
Continue Reading »