The Canada-India Business Council to Launch Trade Policy Initiative

Assisting the Canadian Business Community and Government Officials in Reaching an Agreement with India

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New York, New York (PRWEB) January 31, 2013

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, recently announced the seventh round of Canada-India trade negotiations will be held in New Delhi (February 5 to 7, 2013).

Negotiations on Canada's Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with India are scheduled to conclude by the end of 2013 (with both Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Prime Minister Stephen Harper having recently reaffirmed their commitment to this target).

As the leading voice of Canadian business in India, the Canada India Business Council (C-IBC) appreciates the financial returns that CEPA will mean to Canadian industry and the role that it can play in helping to realize on these benefits.

A recent Canada-India joint study concluded that a trade agreement between the two countries could boost Canada’s economy by at least $6 billion - with core economic opportunities having been identified in the energy, agriculture, infrastructure and education sectors.

Connecting the Business Community to Government Officials:
The C-IBC trade policy initiative is intended to assist negotiators in their efforts to conclude a high quality agreement for Canada. This involves sharing the private sector's insights on the agreement to ensure that it offers the greatest tangible benefits to Canadian industry.

The C-IBC Trade Policy Committee will:

-Closely follow and analyze negotiations;
-Discuss the issues at play and
-Communicate recommendations from the business community to government officials.

“For Canada to optimize the benefits of a CEPA with India it is imperative that business fully understand the issues at play and that their views are communicated to Canadian negotiators. That is the role of our trade policy committee.” - Peter Sutherland, Vice Chairman of the Canada-India Business Council & former Canadian High Commissioner to India.

Jason Langrish, who, as Executive Director of the Canada-Europe Roundtable for Business, has played a leading role in the Canada-Europe Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement negotiations, will head the C-IBC Trade Policy Committee.

Event Details:
The next meeting of the C-IBC Trade Policy Committee will be held on:

Date: February 13, 2013
Time: 8-9:30 a.m.
Location: Downtown Toronto

This invitation-only event is open to both C-IBC members and non-members.
Tickets: C-IBC members $20. Non-members $35.
To request an invitation please contact: events(at)canada-indiabusiness(dot)ca

Interview & Comment Opportunities:

-Peter Sutherland, Vice Chairman of the Canada-India Business Council, former High Commissioner to India, and/or

-Jason Langrish, Senior Trade Advisor, Canada-India Business Council are both available to provide comment and insight on the status of the CEPA with India as well as on the role of the business community in furthering the negotiations.

The Canada-India Business Council:
The Canada-India Business Council (C-IBC) is Canada's only private sector, member driven, not-for-profit national business association dedicated to the sustained growth of trade, investment and services between corporate Canada and corporate India.

For over thirty years, the Canada India Business Council (C-IBC) has helped Canadian companies of all sizes realize on the opportunities that the Indian market represents.
Our members include both globally recognized Canadian and Indian brands as well as innovative and up and coming SMEs.

C-IBC is headquartered in Toronto with operations in British Columbia, Quebec and New Delhi, India.


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