Trade Mission Strengthens Ties with India

Trade Mission Strengthens Ties with India

October 20, 2014 Posted by

British Columbia and India share close economic, cultural and social ties.

There are plenty of opportunities for B.C. companies in India. That was the message delegates received loud and clear as Premier Christy Clark wrapped up her latest trade mission to one of the world’s fastest-growing economies.

While there, the Premier announced the appointment of film director Arjun Sablok as Special Envoy for Film to India to help promote British Columbia to one of the largest film-producing countries in the world. Arjun, a Canadian who has lived in Mumbai for the past 25 years, takes on the unpaid role as an ambassador for the B.C. film industry.

The Premier and Minister of Advanced Education Amrik Virk led a delegation of over 70 British Columbia companies, First Nations representatives and post-secondary institutions to meet one-on-one with key Indian investors and government officials. They participated in the signing of co-operation agreements and attended high-level meetings with multiple levels of governments.

“India is an increasingly important trade and investment partner for our province,” said Clark. “Meeting face-to-face with decision-makers strengthens our relationships which are key to making inroads into export markets - in India and around the world. Trade missions help us provide B.C. companies with the opportunities and tools they need to grow their businesses, both here and in the international market.”

“We share close economic, cultural and social ties with India. Not surprising as more than 5% of our population have South Asian heritage,” said Virk. “This trade mission provided an opportunity to promote British Columbia as a high-quality education destination, and to raise awareness of the potential for educational partnerships, student exchanges and joint research initiatives with India.”

While in India, the Premier and Virk travelled to New Delhi, Mumbai, and Chandigarh where they focused on a number of strategic areas including education, natural gas, clean technology, life sciences, film, digital arts, and finance. The trade mission builds on the success of the Premier’s Jobs and Trade Mission to China in 2013, and India in 2011.

Virk also travelled to Bangalore to raise awareness of the great potential for secondary and post-secondary education partnerships, joint research initiatives, and student exchange between B.C. and India.
British Columbia has a Trade and Investment team in Vancouver and Trade and Investment Representative office locations around the world. This international network connects B.C. businesses with new markets and trade opportunities and promotes British Columbia as a stable and attractive destination for investment, tourists and international students.

Read more about Premier Clark’s mission to India here.
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