Minister Fast Welcomes India’s Minister of External Affairs

September 23, 2013 - Ottawa - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, meets with Salman Khurshid, India’s Minister of External Affairs.

The two ministers held a productive exchange of views on key areas of common interest for Canada and India, including food security, energy security, infrastructure, innovation and trade and investment. Ministers Fast and Khurshid recognized that, with more than one million Canadians of Indian origin, vibrant and long-standing people-to-people ties are among the greatest strengths of the Canada-India relationship.

Canada and India are negotiating a comprehensive economic partnership agreement (CEPA) to create jobs, growth and prosperity in both countries. Both ministers agreed that a CEPA could be a building block to expanding the long-standing commercial relationship between both countries.

The ministers also expressed support for the work of the Canada-India Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Forum. The CEO Forum, which comprises top Canadian and Indian business representatives, was launched last year to assist the private sector in fostering increased trade and investment between Canada and India.

India continues to be a priority market for Canada. Canada has identified core economic opportunities in India in the energy, agriculture, infrastructure and education sectors.

In 2012, bilateral merchandise trade between Canada and India exceeded $5.2 billion. As of July 2013, bilateral trade is up almost 21.2 percent over the first seven months of 2012.

Minister Khurshid also met with Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird yesterday in Toronto.

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Rudy Husny
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade
613-992-7332
rudy.husny@international.gc.ca

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Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
613-995-1874
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