Newsletter - February 2018

15 Feb 2018 6:00 PM | Mayank Bhatt
ICCC Newsletter  
February 2018  

Letter from the President
 Kanwar Dhanjal

Promoting Canadian Strengths in the context of India’s Policy Agenda

Canada’s Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau is in India on a seven-day official visit. His visit follows visits by 11 of his cabinet colleagues to India since Trudeau was elected the Prime Minister in 2015. Accompanying the Prime Minister on this India trip are Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi, Small Business Minister Bardish Chagger, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains and Science Minister Kirsty Duncan. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will be part of the delegation in India.

Beside his engagements in New Delhi, Prime Minister will visit Agra, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Amritsar. Justin Trudeau will be the first Canadian prime minister to visit Gujarat. In Mumbai and Delhi, the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce and other bilateral organisations in the Canada-India space such as the Indo-Canadian Business Chamber, the Canada- India Business Council and the Canada-India Foundation organised two business forums where the Canadian Prime Minister interacted with entrepreneurs, corporate honchos and government officials.

The theme for the Mumbai forum was ‘Moving from Confluence to Congruence’. While welcoming the guests at the Mumbai forum, I emphasized that as the President of the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce, a four-decades-old bilateral chamber that has devoted its energies to promoting and advocating on behalf of small entrepreneurs, this move to congruence is possible if both the Canadian and the Indian establishments that are involved in policy formulations understand the vital role that small businesses in both the countries can play to foster a better bilateral economic integration.

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 ICCC Annual Awards - 2018: Call for Nominations
Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) has been recognizing the contributions of the Indo-Canadian community to the fabric of the Canadian society since 1993. These awards have come to represent the best that Canadians of Indian origin have achieved. 

Award nominations for 2018 are now open. ICCC will shortlist nominees based on the criteria set by the Chamber, from which the Chamber’s Advisory Board will independently select the winners.

You can participate in these awards by nominating deserving person(s) in one or more of the nine categories. You may also spread the word around in your circle of friends and loved ones, and help us to reach out to a wider audience. To download forms, click on the links for each category. The categories are:  

Female Entrepreneur
Male Entrepreneur
Female Professional
Male Professional
Young Achiever
Technology Achievement
Corporate Executive
Lifetime\Outstanding Achievement

In addition, ICCC will bestow two awards – Member of the Year and President’s Award– along with the above mentioned nine categories.

Please send your nominations directly to ICCC office on or before the submission date: March 31, 2018

ICCC will recognize the award recipients at its Annual Awards & Gala Night on Saturday, June 02, 2018.

Deadline: 31-03-2018   

4th Smart Cities India 2018 Expo
23 May to 25 May ● New Delhi, India

The India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) & Exhibitions India Group are pleased to invite you to the 4th Smart Cities India 2018 expo from 23rd – 25th May 2018 in New Delhi, India. This Mega Event incorporates five expos with the view to develop attractive, safe and smart cities that evoke pride, passion and a sense of belonging among citizens:

  1. 2nd Buildings India expo
  2. 3rd Solar India expo
  3. 3rd Transport India expo
  4. 4th Smart Cities India expo
  5. 5th Water India expo

Developing citizen friendly and economically viable cities is an urban initiative by the Government of India. Cities are engines of economic growth and with the rapid rise in the proportion of people living in urban areas, there is an increasing requirement for sustainable cities. Hence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mission of Smart Cities is intended to transform the lives and living conditions of the citizens of the country.

Recognizing smart cities as an important platform to drive progressive change, the 4th Smart Cities India 2018 Expo will be supported by 4 other co-located expos to create "One Mega Event". Please find attached the brochure for more information.

For any additional information/queries regarding the event, please contact:

Mr. Arun Singh
Manager - Exhibitions India Group
C-103, Okhla Industrial Estate, Phase III, New Delhi 110 020, India
Tel: +91 11 4279 5033 | Mobile: +91 7827 855 273
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In the News
 Voice of Chandigarh covers ICCC's India Mission and PM Justin Trudeau's India visit
 India - A Market Needed To Be Explored To Do Business

Trudeau must make haste on trade with India
 By Colin Robertson
A former diplomat, Robertson is Vice President and fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute  

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's visit to India this week will reinforce and underline our growing people-to-people ties. The economic relationship is less buoyant, but if Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi can deliver on his promised domestic reforms, there is the potential for more two-way trade and investment.

With stops in Agra, Amritsar, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, as well as New Delhi, it will be a rare session that does not include some reference to family living or studying in Canada.

The Indian diaspora includes several members in the Canadian Parliament, with four members in the Trudeau cabinet. Nearly 4 per cent of Canadians claim Indian decent, with 40,000 Indians migrating to Canada last year. The 124,000 Indians studying in Canada are our second-largest group of foreign students. No surprise that tourism is also on the rise, with more than 210,000 Indians visiting Canada last year. There are daily and non-stop flights.

India definitely deserves Canadian attention.

India will soon surpass China in population, with one-sixth of humanity. It is also the world's largest democracy, which is a cacophony of caste and creeds. The two Prime Ministers will empathize over the challenges of managing federations with strong sectional and regional pressures. Some of these, such as the Sikh separatist movement, play into Canadian affairs.

At the World Economic Forum in Davos last month, Mr. Modi was forceful in his embrace of globalization. He described his "New India" reform agenda and its pillars of structural reform: technological governance; physical infrastructure; business facilitation; and inclusive development. Designed to give "good administration and better amenities," Canada needs to identify the niche opportunities within each pillar.

Trade and investment will figure in every discussion. Investment from Canadian pension funds in real estate and other sectors has picked up in the past couple of years.

With its steady GDP growth, India is expected to become the third-largest consumer market by 2025.

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