Canadian delegation to begin India visit Saturday


New Delhi : A Canadian foreign affairs and trade delegation will visit India Sep 4-9 to meet ministers, officials and business leaders to understand the potential that the country holds as an emerging market and one of the fastest developing economies.

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The nine-member delegation of Canada’s Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade will visit New Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad, a Canadian high commission pressnote said.

Speaking on the eve of the tour, committee chairperson Senator Raynell Andreychuk said: “India is fast emerging as a global power. Both Canada and India share the values of democracy, rule of law and diversity of culture. Our mutual relationship has strengthened in the recent past with the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Canada in June 2010 and the visit of Prime Minister Stephen Harper to India in 2009. We look forward to meeting several key decision makers and industry leaders during our forthcoming visit to India.”

In New Delhi, the delegation will meet External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal, Minister of Road Transport and Highways Kamal Nath and Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.

The senators will also meet T. Subbirami Reddy, chairperson of the parliamentary committee on science and technology and environment and forests.

The parliamentary committee had given a report on the civil nuclear liability bill in the monsoon session of parliament.

In Hyderabad, the delegation will meet the state’s Minister for Tourism, Culture and Public Relations J. Geeta Reddy.

In Mumbai, the delegation will meet Maharshtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and hold discussions with educationists, economists and business representatives.