|Bonnie Crombie, the Mayor of Mississauga, will be participating in the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce’s (ICCC) India Mission 2017. Mayor Crombie conveyed her decision to ICCC’s President Arun Srivastava. Welcoming the decision, Arun Srivastava said, “Mayor Crombie’s participation will provide our delegation with immense prestige and leverage. Mississauga is in the forefront of changing the Canadian economy by focusing on sunrise sectors such as food processing, skills development, clean technology, smart cities and health care. These are the sector on which we are focusing, too.”
Mayor Crombie has been actively engaged with promoting Mississauga’s thrust to globalize, and had accompanied Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to India earlier this year on a business mission. Even earlier, during her campaigning for the Mayoral position, Ms. Crombie had expressed a keen desire to develop the City of Mississauga’s economic ties with India. She had envisaged linkages in transfer of knowhow in developing India’s smart cities.
With Mayor Crombie’s participation in the ICCC’s India Mission 2017 confirmed, and other dignitaries also expected to join the mission, it is shaping up to be a significant one. Past missions have also seen participation by senior federal leaders, provincial leaders and leaders working at the grassroots levels. The mission dates are from January 2 to 14, 2017. The itinerary includes Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Ahmadabad, Gandhinagar and New Delhi, and participation in Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017 convention and Vibrant Gujarat 2017 (where ICCC is a partner organisation).
The ICCC will be arranging briefing sessions with the Canadian Trade Commissioners’ Service, meetings with Indian federal and state government officials, business leaders, and decision-makers, and organize interactive sessions with chambers of commerce, and industry associations. The mission agenda comprises business to business meetings, roundtable discussions, business receptions and seminars in all these cities.
ICCC’s previous India Missions have promoted Canadian small businesses in the emerging Indian market. In an attempt to make the forthcoming Mission more sharply defined, and make your valuable time in India more meaningful, the ICCC is focusing only on sectors that are of significance to both the Canadian and the Indian economies, and to bilateral trade such as Food Processing, Skill Development, Clean Technology, Smart Cities and Health Sector.