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March 21, 2015 - Delhi, India - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
Following a successful trade mission to the Asssociation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Philippines, which is the 2015 chair of APEC, the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, is in Delhi, India, today to meet with Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance, and Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry.
During his meeting, Minister Fast discussed the strong Canada-India economic partnership and opportunities to further strengthen the relationship, including through increased investments, expanded market access and the Canada-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. Canadian and Indian officials held the ninth round of negotiations towards an agreement on the margins of Minister Fast’s mission to India.
As Canada’s largest trading partner in South Asia, India is a priority market under Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan, the Harper Government’s blueprint for creating jobs and growth through exports.
Canadian exports to India saw double-digit growth in 2014 over 2013, at more than $3.1 billion. Canadian companies—especially small and medium-sized enterprises—looking to export to India can count on the support of Canadian Government resources, including the close to 50 trade commissioners located in eight offices across India and Export Development Canada’s five on-the-ground representatives.
This is Minister Fast’s fourth trade mission to India—the second in less than six months—in support of the Government of Canada’s ambitious pro-export, pro-jobs plan to help Canadian businesses explore new market opportunities abroad.