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  • 04 Apr 2022 7:53 AM | Anonymous

    03 & 04 April 2022

    Following the political transformation of Jammu and Kashmir, which both the houses of the Indian Parliament accepted in 2019, the Indian government has made continuous efforts to kickstart the economy in the region, now categorized as two Union Territories – Jammu, and Kashmir and Ladakh.

    As a bilateral trade and investment promotion organization mandated to foster business ties between Canadian and Indian micro and small business owners, the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) supports efforts by the federal and provincial governments in Canada, and the union and state governments in India to forge linkages. These efforts are aimed at reviving economies that have been dormant and need an impetus to soar again.

    In 2021, in collaboration with the Consulate General of India in Toronto, and the Jammu and Kashmir Trade Promotion Organization (JKTPO), the ICCC took lead in promoting Kashmiri niche products in Canada by organizing two virtual buyer-seller meetings.

    “The Jammu visit will become a highlight of the 2022 India Mission. Our delegation was accorded full protocol by the local administration, and the reception from the local businesspeople and the organizations was beyond our expectations."

    "It is clear that the people of Jammu and Kashmir want to move ahead swiftly and bring in economic prosperity to the people of the region.”

    - Ripudaman Singh Dhillon, President, ICCC

    The first buyer-seller meeting held in February 2021 had Kashmiri micro and small business owners from the handicrafts and handlooms sector connecting with potential buyers from Ontario. In the second buyer-seller meeting held in September 2021, Kashmiri micro and small business owners from the leather and agro-products connecting with Canadian buyers.

    Both these buyer-seller meetings received overwhelming response both the Jammu and Kashmir and Canada.

    When the ICCC’s India Mission 2022 was planned, Jammu was chosen as one of the cities on the itinerary because the Chamber’s leadership felt it was important, in fact, imperative that Jammu was one of the cities on the mission’s itinerary.

    While on the mission, the Chamber’s leadership decided to that it was also important to visit Srinagar and the Kashmir valley only to let the world know that the entire region – Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh – is open for business.

    The spectre of political and economic uncertainties that had enveloped the region for a prolonged period is rapidly becoming outdated, as both the union government in India, and the administration in the union territories work in unison and with a purpose to usher in economic stability and growth.

    Jammu & Kashmir Trade Promotion Organization officials  with ICCC India Mission 2022 delegation

    On 3 April, the ICCC’s India Mission 2022 delegates reached Srinagar. The purpose was to let the world know that Kashmir is as normal as any other region of India. On 4 April, the mission delegates reached Jammu to a visit that was marked with official interaction with senior officials of the administration, and with businesspeople of the city and the region.

    The highlight of the visit was an interactive session that the Jammu and Kashmir Trade Promotion Organization (JKTPO) organized with the local Jammu-based micro and small business owners with the mission delegates. More than 40 local businessowners participated in the program.

    Ankita Kar, the Managing Director of JKTPO, made a presentation, seeking collaboration with the ICCC’s mission delegates in sectors such as tourism and hospitality, skills development, infrastructure, and agro-foods. Ripudaman Singh Dhillon, President, ICCC, in his presentation, offered collaboration and joint ventures with local entrepreneurs in these spheres.

    The purpose of workshop was to promote investment and exports along with facilitating business linkages. Various Industry representatives & entrepreneurs from JK participated. Ranjan Prakash Thakur, Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce, J&K, delivered the keynote address.

    Responding to the session with the JKTPO, Mr. Dhillon said, “The Jammu visit will become a highlight of the 2022 India Mission. Our delegation was accorded full protocol by the local administration, and the reception from the local businesspeople and the organizations was beyond our expectations. It is clear that the people of Jammu and Kashmir want to move ahead swiftly and bring in economic prosperity to the people of the region.”

    He added that as a Chamber, we will be working with the different organizations in the near future to ensure that Indo-Canadian entrepreneurs will play a positive role in the economic rejuvenation of Jammu and Kashmir.

    The Jammu stopover also included a meeting with the representatives of the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industries (PHDCCI). Rahul Sahai of the PHD Chamber briefed the ICCC delegation about robust industrial development scheme in J&K, discussed core areas of investment opportunities in J&K and Canada, discussed some regional focus areas of handicrafts, IT, Agriculture, Medicinal plants, Tourism opportunities.

    Prior to these business meetings, the ICCC delegates met Rajeev Bhatnagar, Advisor to His Excellency Hon. Manoj Sinha, Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. During the brief but meaningful interaction, Mr. Bhatnagar welcomed the initiative undertaken by the ICCC to make a trip to Jammu, and hoped that it would become an annual stopover for the future India Missions of the Chamber.

    Thereafter, the mission delegation had another brief but significant interaction with Dilbag Singh, IPS, the Director General of Police of Jammu and Kashmir. During this interaction, the DGP urged the mission delegates to promote education as a sector and bring Canadian educational institutions to Jammu and Kashmir so that the local youth can avail of opportunities for higher education in the region, without having to go outside.

    In the final leg of the visit to Jammu and Kashmir, the delegation visited the Government Industrial Training Institute (ITI) at Kathua. Established in 1981 by the Technical Education Department, Government of Jammu and Kashmir under the overall aegis of Directorate General of Training (DGT), Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India New Delhi, the ITI-Kathua provides skills development and training to local youth in spheres that are amenable to immediate employment.

    The delegation met students of Centre of Excellency in Kathua, Jammu. A project with the vision to create skilled professionals with hands-on training at ITI, Kathua funded by Ashok Leyland. This project is the vision of His Excellency Hon. Manoj Sinha, Governor of JK.

    S. K. Chadda, Member of ICCC’s Strategies Group, had arranged for the meetings with Rajiv Bhatnagar, Dilbag Singh and the visit to ITI-Kathua. Mr. Dhillon thanked him for his continued support to the mission. He said, “I want to extend a warm thanks to Mr. Chadha on behalf of delegation and ICCC for making our visits to Jammu and Kashmir a grand success. The hospitality at all levels is unforgettable.”

    After a momentous two-day whirlwind tour of Jammu and Kashmir, the mission delegates reached Punjab.

  • 03 Apr 2022 7:52 AM | Anonymous

    3 CMs in 3 Days

    01, 02, 03 April 2022

    The Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce’s (ICCC) India Mission 2022 has reached its midway mark with visits to Delhi, Lucknow, and Ahmedabad. The itinerary now includes stopovers in Jammu, Chandigarh and Dehradun. The India Mission 2022 has achieved a hitherto unparalleled landmark by meeting three chief ministers of three Indian states in the last three days.

    The delegation met Hon. Yogi Adityanath, Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister on 31 March; Hon. Bhupendra Patel, Gujarat’s Chief Minister on 1 April; and Hon. Bhagwant Mann, Chief Minister of Punjab on 2 April. The Punjab CM was in Gujarat for an official visit.

    The delegation is expected to meet Hon. Manohar Lal Khattar, Chief Minister of Haryana, and Hon. Pushkar Singh Dhami, Chief Minister of Uttarakhand later this week.

    ICCC India Mission 2022 delegation with Punjab's new Chief Minister Hon. Bhagwant Mann

    ICCC's India Mission 2022 delegation presenting a gratitude plaque to Gujarat CM Hon. Bhupendra Patel

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath with ICCC's India Mission 2022 delegation

    “Never before has any ICCC India Mission managed to meet as many Chief Ministers. This is unprecedented and unparalleled,” Ripudaman Singh Dhillon, President, ICCC, said.

    He thanked the delegation members for putting in a lot of effort to ensure that there was a full component of both political and business meetings at all the cities on the itinerary.

    The ICCC President especially mentioned the role of SK Chadda, a special advisor to the Hinduja Group, who has recently been appointed to the Strategies Group of the ICCC. “Mr. Chadda brings tremendous experiences and contacts at all levels of the government and the bureaucracy,” Mr. Dhillon said.

    “The ICCC India Mission 2022 visit and the success it has so easily managed to achieve in meeting both the political and business agenda is indicative of the change in the leadership of the ICCC,” said Virender Rathi, Corporate Secretary, ICCC.

    “The new ICCC leadership is focused on results and not just efforts. Never before has the mission delegation mad so many meetings.” He said the new and emerging scenario on the trade front between Canada and India will provide a further impetus to the bilateral ties.

    Media Coverage

    Hindustan Times report on ICCC delegation's meeting with UP Deputy CM

    After a hectic two-days in Lucknow, where the India Mission 2022 delegation had meetings with political decision makers including the Chief Minister, the Deputy Chief Minister, and a former Minister, along with key government officials, the delegation reached Ahmedabad where, once again, the itinerary was chock-a-block full with meetings and visits to prominent places.

    After a brief but meaningful meeting with Hon. Bhupendra Patel, Gujarat’s CM, the delegation participated in the Memorandum of Understanding renewal ceremony with the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industries. This was followed by a business reception jointly organized by the Indo Canada Business Chamber (ICBC) and the ICCC.

    Fortunately, the delegation leaders, who had been trying to arrange for meetings while on the go, heard from the office of the Punjab Chief Minister Hon. Bhagwant Mann, that he was in Ahmedabad and would be meeting the ICCC India Mission 2022 delegation on 2 April. In the meeting, Hon. Mann appealed that the Indo-Canadian delegation should become a catalyst for new investments in Punjab.

  • 31 Mar 2022 7:50 AM | Anonymous

    28, 29, 30 & 31 March 2022

    Warm welcome in Uttar Pradesh

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath with ICCC's India Mission 2022 delegation

    Averaging three high-powered meetings per day, the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce’s India Mission 2022 is off to a whirlwind start.

    After back-to-back meetings in Delhi with the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industries, the Trade Promotion Council of India, Canada’s head of the Trade Commissioner Service in India, Andrew Smith, Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association, on 28 and 29 March, the delegates landed in Lucknow to a warm welcome by the newly re-elected Uttar Pradesh government.

    The ICCC India Mission 2022 delegates met Hon. Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, at his official residence, and exchanged pleasantries with him. Ripudaman Singh Dhillon, President, ICCC, emphasized to the UP CM the need to restart the Ontario – Uttar Pradesh Investment and Trade Collaboration Initiative that was launched in 2020 but had to be abandoned because of Covid-19.

    The other meetings in Lucknow included Hon. Brijesh Pathak, the Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Hon. Siddharth Nath Singh, former Minister, and MLA, and officers from the IAS cadre serving the UP government.

    Speaking at the TPCI roundtable, Arvind Bhardwaj, ICCC's Executive Vice President and Director Finance, Sponsorship and Communications, said, "The TPCI represents the technology-driven India that is transforming the way trade is conducted globally, even as it continues to respect tradition.

    It is spearheading the Atmanirbhar Bharat dream of India’s Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. India’s dream to be self-reliant is important for many reasons – geopolitical, economic, cultural, and social. Our Chamber is committed to ensuring that this dream will be fulfilled.

    We are in the forefront of collaborating with our partners in India to ensure that the members of the Indian diaspora are contributing to this wish fulfillment.

    Commenting on the successful launch of the India Mission 2022, Ripudaman Singh Dhillon, President, ICCC, said “We couldn’t organize the India Mission in 2020 and 2021 because of the pandemic, but we were determined to do so this year because the pandemic-related restrictions have been lifted both in Canada and in India.”

    He said, the overwhelming response that the ICCC’s India Mission 2022 has received so far is an indication of the appetite that the business community has for trading and investment opportunities.


  • 28 Mar 2022 7:51 PM | Anonymous

    ICCC and PHDCCI business leaders after the roundtable on bilateral trade

    Presenting a plaque ICCC President Ripudaman Singh Dhillon presenting a plaque to PHDCCI President Pradeep Multani

    Putting the Covid-19 pandemic’s lockdown restrictions firmly behind, the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) launched its annual ‘India Mission’ on 28 March 2022 with a roundtable discussion on trade and investment between Canada and India at the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industries (PHDCCI) in Delhi. The PHDCCI is organizing roundtable discussions in all the cities that India Mission is scheduled to visit.

    The ICCC’s ‘India Mission’ which will be on till 9 April 2022 focuses on promoting trade relations between micro and small businesses and explore investment opportunities in Canada and India.

    Its focus is on the growing and economically thriving centres in North India. The multicity, multisector mission with whistle-stop visits to New Delhi, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Jammu, Chandigarh, and Dehradun, will comprise meetings with political and government decisionmakers, industry and corporate leaders, representatives of Chambers of Commerce and Industry Association, micro and small business owners.

    The participants included the India Mission delegates comprising members of the board of directors of the Chamber, and Indo-Canadian business and community leaders.

    Speaking on the launch of the mission, Ripudaman Singh Dhillon, President, ICCC, said, “We are delighted to organize a successful India Mission after a gap of two years. The Covid-19 lock down restrictions prevented us from organizing the mission in 2020 and 2021.” Mr. Dhillon said the ICCC India Mission 2022 will benefit micro, small and medium enterprises both in Canada and in India.

    The first day’s program included another roundtable with the Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association (TEMA). The two organizations – the ICCC and TEMA – agreed to form committees in key spheres of operations for both, including committees in education, small business, policy, etc.

    The delegation will also be participating in a roundtable at the Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI). The TPCI is gearing up to bring a 40-member trade delegation to Canada in the F&B sector in April. The ICCC will be organizing B2B meetings for this delegation. In case you are interested in participating in these B2B meeting, please write to Mayank at mbhatt@iccconline.org

    The highlight of the India Mission 2022 is the visit to Jammu. This is the first visit by the ICCC to the Jammu and Kashmir region and the primary purpose is to support the Government of India’s endeavour to rapidly develop the region economically. In 2021, the ICCC had organized two virtual buyer-seller meetings in collaboration with the Jammu and Kashmir Trade Promotion Organization (JKTPO), and the Consulate General of India in Toronto.

    New Delhi (28 & 29 March), Lucknow (30 & 31 March),

    Ahmedabad (01 & 02 April), Jammu (04 April),

    Chandigarh (05 & 06 April), Dehradun (07 & 08 April)

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