Largest ever Indian trade delegation to visit Canada from June 15-20, 2008

    OTTAWA, June 12 /CNW/ - Canada India Foundation (CIF) is pleased to
support the upcoming visit of the largest ever trade delegation from India to
Canada on June 15-20, 2008 organised by the Indian Merchants' Chamber. The
"India Calling" delegation comprises over 145 people, including 115 business
delegates from key business sectors such as Infrastructure, Education,
Information Communications and Technology, Alternative Energy, and Life
    "We are coming to Canada to seek business opportunities," said Mr. M. N.
Chaini, President of the Indian Merchants' Chamber (Mumbai). "And along the
way, we are going to tell Canadian business and political leaders about the
great opportunities that are available in India."
    The "India Calling" delegation is led by Hon. Kapil Sibal, Minister of
Science and Technology and Ocean Development (India); Sam Pitroda, Chairman of
the Knowledge Commission (India); and Hon. Suresh Prabhu, MP and former Union
Minister of Power (India).
    While in Canada, the trade delegation will meet with business, academia
and government officials including Hon. David Emerson, Minister of Foreign
Affairs and International Trade; Hon. Peter MacKay, Minister of Defence and
Minister of the Atlantic Canadian Opportunities Agency; Hon. Sandra Pupatello,
Minister of Economic Development and Trade (Ontario); and Hon. Gordon
Campbell, Premier of British Columbia.
    "If Canadians are interested in doing business in India, they should be
meeting with members of this trade delegation," said Manoj Pundit, Director,
Canada India Foundation. "With rule of law, democracy, a large English
speaking population, and one of the world's fastest growing economies, India
offers tremendous opportunities for Canadian companies."
    "Moreover, thanks to the leadership of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
and International Trade, David Emerson, Canada is taking active steps to
finalize a foreign investment protection agreement with India, making India an
even more attractive place for Canadian investment," added Pundit.
    CIF urges Canadian companies who are interested in participating in
meetings with the delegation in Toronto and Vancouver to visit for a copy of the program and a list of the delegates.

    Canada India Foundation ("CIF") is a national, not for profit
organization established in 2007 and dedicated to promoting stronger
bi-lateral relations between Canada and India, while working to secure and
promote the interests of Canada's dynamic Indo-Canadian community within the
Canadian mosaic.

For further information:

For further information: Manoj Pundit, Director, CIF, Tel.: (416)

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