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"Know-India" event with Export Development Canada (EDC)" on 22 June 2016

           The High Commission of India in Ottawa, in collaboration with Export Development Canada (EDC) organised a "Know India" event at Slater Street, Ottawa, on 22 June, 2016. The event showcased India's cultural diversity, tourism and yoga along with trade and investment opportunities including flagship programmes including 'Make in India', 'Clean India", 'Digital India', 'Smart Cities', etc. A 90 minute long cultural programme of Indian music and dance along with Yoga was presented to the visitors. Indian snacks were also served to around 500 visitors. The 'Incredible India' office in Toronto and 'Patanjali Yoga' collaborated to make the event a success.

2.       EDC, Canada's export credit agency and a State-owned enterprise wholly owned by the Government of Canada, is mandated to support and develop trade between Canada and other countries and provide products and services including insurance, financing, bonding solutions as well as information on opportunities in international markets for Canadian companies and for their foreign customers. The crown corporation, which has a large presence in India (Mumbai and Delhi), has chosen India as the first profile country for 2016.

3.        President and CEO of EDC Mr. Benoit Daignault, and Senior Vice President (Business Development) Ms. Mairead Lavery, along with High Commissioner of India Shri Vishnu Prakash, graced the event. In her remarks  EDC Senior Vice President (Human Resource), Ms Stephanie Butt Thibodeau commented that the Government of Canada and EDC view India as a priority market and are working closely with partners, trade associations and Canadian exporters to capitalize on the business opportunities available in India. Some of the areas that they are looking at for business opportunities are agriculture, automotive and heavy truck, construction and infrastructure, environmental infrastructure, waste water, oil and gas and telecom. She also highlighted that India has its strength rooted in its diversity of faith, language and culture and her democratic institutions and Canadian investors and businesses must understand and adopt to the social and business environment in India for future growth. She expressed her gratitude to the High Commission of India in Ottawa for partnering with them in putting up the "Know India" event. She also handed over a Certificate of Appreciation to the High Commissioner.  

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