Education, agriculture, Information and Technology, research and development and transport are few sectors where Canada has decided to contribute to for the development of Mumbai and Maharashtra.
The Canadian Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, which is on a multi-city ‘fact-finding' trip in India, met Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Thursday as a part of their week-long visit that began in Delhi on September 4.
The nine-member team will present a study in Canada pointing out how it can improve ‘bilateral relationships' with India. The committee met ministers, government officials, educationists, business leaders to understand the potential India holds as an emerging and fastest developing economies.
"Coming to Mumbai was inevitable and the minister [Chavan] was open to discuss the issues of the state," said the committee Chairperson Senator Raynell Andreychuk to HT.
Education, which is an important sector for Canada, and there have been education exchanges in the past, there needs to be increased coordination with universities and business schools, she said.
Chavan said there are several opportunities in the state considering a new pro-investor industrial policy is in the making and the state has good infrastructure and strong manpower.
"We are looking at making Mumbai an international hub and there are several projects charted out to support it. Several IT-related industries are coming up where we are expecting more support and investment. But we would like the investment in terms of projects and industries to be eco-friendly," Chavan told the delegation.
Industries Minister Rajendra Darda said there is huge potential in Maharashtra's food processing industry that will soon form a major component of the state's agricultural policy.
"Both Canada and India share the values of democracy, rule of law and diversity of culture. We will be putting together our experiences and see how we can contribute," Andreychuk said.