(Matt Kwong – CBC News)
For two countries that Prime Minister Stephen Harper calls “natural partners” in a new global economy, Canada and India might appear to share a rather meek business relationship. Not even one per cent of Canadian exports currently ship to India, with goods exports around $3.1 billion in 2014 — less than one-sixth what Canada exports to China.
Promising to open India to global commerce, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic three-day Canadian tour this week seeks to change that. His trip ends a 42-year dry spell since a head of state from the world’s largest democracy visited to talk bilateral relations.
As Harper pushes for a free-trade pact with Modi, Canadian economists and business leaders representing South Asian professionals lay out their case for why India is a social, political, cultural and economic force that matters. Click here to read more.
- In Historic Speech, Indian PM Modi Vows Closer Canadian Ties (Globe & Mail)
- Modi in Canada: What ‘Atmosphere of Trust’ in India is the PM Talking About? (First Post)
- Barriers between India-Canada Have Turned into Bridges: PM Modi (Business Standard)
- Breaking down PM Narendra Modi’s Three-Nation Tour (The Indian Express)