ICCC’s India Mission 2017
Seven cities, multisector mission from January 2 to January 14
Collaboration with Canadian High Commission in New Delhi, Consulate General of India in Toronto, City of Markham
For the first time, West Bengal included in the itinerary
Participation in 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Bengaluru
ICCC to be Partner Organization at Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2017
Toronto: Arun Srivastava, President, Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) announced the launch of India Mission 2017 and held consultative meetings with the Canadian High Commissioner in New Delhi, His Excellency Nadir Patel; the Consul General of India in Toronto, Dinesh Bhatia; and the Mayor of the City of Markham, His Worship Frank Scarpitti to discuss the itinerary and the agenda for the Mission.
“I am delighted to announce that we have total support from the Canadian High Commission, the Consulate General and Markham for the mission,” Srivastava said, adding, “We are working with the Government of India and the Government of Gujarat to ensure that our delegates get the best returns during the mission.”
A high-level committee at the Chamber, including President Srivastava, Vice Presidents Abubakkar Noohujohn, and Pappur Shankar, Director Naresh Chavada, and Committee member Jay Banerjie are working to finalize the itinerary for the Mission. The 2017 Mission will focus on all industry and services sectors, with special emphasis on the following:
Agriculture & Food Processing
For the 2017, the Mission will visit the following cities in India: Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, and New Delhi. In Bengaluru, Delhi, the Mission’s delegates will participate in the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention from January 7 to January 9. The theme for the PBD 2017 is Redefining Engagement with the Indian Diaspora.
ICCC’s India Mission 2017 will also be participating in the 8th Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit being held from the 10th to 13th of January 2017 at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar. The central focus of the Summit is Sustainable Economic and Social Development.
Last week, Srivastava along with Devika Penekelapati, ICCC’s Director for Programs and Events, and Sponsorship had a detailed discussion with Nadir Patel, the Canadian High Commissioner in New Delhi, pertaining to ICCC’s upcoming Mission. During the meeting Patel assured Srivastava and Penekelapati that the Canadian Trade Commissioners’ offices across India will assist the India Mission by organizing multi sector B2B meetings for its delegates.
Moreover, for the first time, the grand reception in Delhi will be held at the High Commission’s Canada House, which is a bigger venue with more amenities; in the past, these receptions were organized at Club Canada. In addition, Patel informed the ICCC office bearers that the Canadian High Commission will also invite guests to participate in the grand reception, paving the way for direct contact of the India Mission delegates with Indian businesses.
Earlier this week, the ICCC board members also met Frank Scarpitti, the Mayor of City of Markham, to discuss Markham’s participation in India Mission 2017. Scarpitti assured the ICCC team that Markham would continue to support the Chamber’s efforts to promote the Mission. He also said that Markham would actively consider sending officials from the City’s Economic Development department to participate in the delegation.
Markham has emerged as a key destination for high technology Indian investments, and has become a hub for ICT companies that rival the Silicon Valley. In addition, Markham has pursued the Indian market, and several Markham-based companies have invested considerably into either launching or expanding their India operations.
For the upcoming mission, Markham would focus on ICT, hospitality, waste management, renewable energy, among other sectors.
Elucidating a major inclusion in the 2017 itinerary, Srivastava said that for the first time ever, the ICCC’s India Mission will be going east. “We are going to West Bengal for the first time to create opportunities for collaboration between Canada and the newly-resurgent Bengal.” In Kolkata, the delegation will meet with the Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamta Banerjee, other business and government decision makers, have B2B meetings and interactive sessions with business organizations.
Srivastava also announced that the ICCC would continue its collaboration with its India partners such as the All India Association of Industries (AIAI), the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industries (GCCI), the Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FKCCI), the Confederation of Indian Industries, the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industries (BCCI), the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), among others.
The ICCC will open registrations for India Mission 2017 within a few days with finalized itinerary and costs.