The premier of Canadian province of Alberta, Alison Redford, on Tuesday expressed hope that there would be enhanced cooperation and trade and investment activities between Alberta and Punjab in the coming years.
She made these observations with reference to the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the Punjab government and officials of Alberta in Amritsar on Monday.
Under the agreement, the two states will collaborate in the field of agriculture research and animal husbandry, while paying particular attention to strengthening the agro-processing sector in Punjab with expertise from Alberta state.
"The agreement, while focusing on agriculture and animal genetics, will help increase trade in the areas of dairy production and swine genetics, and establish an Agricultural Working Group (AWG) to encourage communication on projects of importance," Redford said in a statement released on Tuesday.
She pointed out that Alberta had strong economic and cultural ties with Punjab and the agreement will strengthen the agricultural sector in the two states.
A key part of the Building Alberta Plan is opening new markets for Alberta's resources and this MoU will help in achieving this, she added.
On an average, products and services worth more than $102 million are exported from Alberta to India each year, Redford said, "Alberta values this relationship and is keen to further strengthen economic development through industry-to-industry linkages, knowledge sharing, and increased trade and investment," she added.
She said Alberta also had a large Sikh community that contributed actively to political, social and business activities throughout the province, helping make Alberta a great places to live and work.
Redford along with other members of her delegation paid obeisance at the Golden Temple. She also performed 'sewa' at the Guru Ram Dass Langar and also partook langar.
Later, she was honoured with a 'sirpoa' and a picture of the Golden Temple by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).
SGPC secretary Dalmegh Singh, additional secretary Daljit Singh Bedi and other officials were present on the occasion.