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N-industry officials accompany Canadian minister to India

Nuclear industry officials will accompany Canadian International Trade Minister Stockwell Day on his five day visit to India.

world Updated: Jan 17, 2009 11:21 IST

Nuclear industry officials will accompany Canadian International Trade Minister Stockwell Day on his five day visit to India beginning on Sunday.

During his visit, Day will meet with Indian ministers and prominent members of the Canadian and Indian business communities.

According to a government statement, the minister's trip will promote investment and trade between Canada and India and help improve Canada's visibility in India as an innovative partner.

Day will also participate in the Confederation of Indian Industry's annual Partnership Summit in New Delhi.

Senior officials from Canada's nuclear industry will also accompany the minister to promote expanded cooperation in this sector. The minister will also open the new Canadian trade office in Hyderabad, official sources told IANS.

The Hyderabad office is one of the two offices which have been opened in India after Prime Minister Stephen announced them at the inaugural gala of the newly formed Canada India Foundation (CIF) in April last year.

The inclusion of nuclear industry officials assumes significance as Canada, which has imposed nuclear embargo on India after the Pokhran II blast in 1998, supported New Delhi in getting a waver from the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) last year.

Day will be the third Canadian minister to visit India during within a week.

Citizenship and immigration minister Jason Kenney has just wound up his visit to the country, after meeting Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal Friday to seek his help in checking immigration practices emanating from the state.

Agriculture minister Gerry Ritz also concluded his visit to India on Friday after signing the long pending memorandum of understanding with his counterpart Sharad Pawar.

A release from his department said it is Canada's first comprehensive agricultural memorandum of understanding with India.

It will create ``a framework for Canadian producers to expand commercial relations.''

Ritz and Pawar also discussed the possibility of pulse crop exports to India and creating more export opportunities for Canadian pork producers.

Apart the three top ministers, Canadian parliamentary secretary Deepak Obhrai, MP Ruby Dhalla and many business and corporate leaders have also visited India recently.

With its biggest trading partner US crisis dragging it also down during the current economic crisis, Canada is expanding trade ties with the European Union and Asia to reduce its dependence on its neghbour.

The India Canada annual trade is currently pegged at about $4 billion.

First Published: Jan 17, 2009 11:16 IST