Aiming to work together for the benefit of two states in various sectors, Punjab and Alberta province of Canada on Saturday inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to move ahead in sectors including post-secondary education, agriculture, agro-based industry and shale gas.
The MoU was signed by Premier of Alberta province, Ed Stelmach and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Terming the day as a historic one, Punjab Deputy CM, Sukhbir Singh Badal said, "Punjab and Alberta are both agro-based economies and the decision to share their technology especially in the areas of food processing, latest agricultural techniques and teaching methodology, will go a long way. Alberta has lots of Punjabi population and this MoU will send a very positive signal."
The Deputy CM informed the Premier of Alberta that Punjab was the food basket of India and with only 1.7 per cent geographical area of the country contributes 55 per cent rice and 65 per cent wheat in the national pool.
Meanwhile, inviting Alberta province to tap untapped potential of shale gas in Punjab, Sukhbir Badal said, "Alberta with specialization in this area could contribute to the growth of economy of Punjab. Both Punjab and Alberta were agro based economies and Alberta can exchange latest agricultural technology with Punjab to accelerate the production growth of agriculture sector."
The Deputy Chief Minister also offered to send Punjabi teachers to Alberta province of Canada to teach Punjabi to over 100 thousand Punjabi's living in that province.
Meanwhile, happy with the MoU, the Alberta Premier, Ed Stelmach, said, "Punjab was a prosperous state of fast growing economy of world and Alberta with sizeable Punjabi population would like to work in cooperation with Punjab."
There are lot Punjabis in Alberta and we the MoU going a long way. We are eager to work in the areas of teaching methodology, latest inventions in agro based industry and shale gas with Punjab. This MoU will help both the states, said Stelmach.
The Premier also hoped that more areas of mutual interest can also be explored to further benefit both Punjab and Alberta.
Meanwhile, the Punjab Deputy CM hinted that Punjab government would send its teams to Alberta province of Canada to further their talks on the identified areas of mutual cooperation.
Cabinet Minister Gulzar Singh Ranike, Sewa Singh Sekhwan, MLA Bikram Majithia, MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, Mayor Shaweit Malik, Deputy Commissioner Kahan Singh Pannu and others were also present.
Earlier, Stelmach and members of the Canadian delegation also paid obeisance at Harmandar Sahib. SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar honoured the premier.