Toronto, Feb 8 (Canadian-Media): A panel discussion on 'Canada-India Economic Partnership' has been scheduled by Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, on Monday, February 12, media reports said.
The panel discussion will focus on issues of importance to businesses, institutions and individuals from both these nations and is particularly topical given that the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will embark on a week-long visit to India from February 17 to 23, the organisers said.
India’s GDP growth at 7.2 percent in 2017, is among the highest in the world, according to reports. This makes India an attractive market for Canadian corporations.
In 2016, two-way merchandise trade between Canada and India was worth just around $8 billion (almost balanced equally between exports and imports).
By comparison, the bilateral China Canada trade was over $80 billion (very unbalanced between $20 B in exports and over $60 B in imports).
So clearly Canada can benefit by furthering its trade relations with one of the largest and fastest growing emerging markets, the organisers said.
Some of the questions that this panel will discuss include focus areas, should Canada turn to India as it looks to diversify its trade relationship in a potentially post- NAFTA world, role of the diaspora in furthering India-Canada economic relations, and the role of higher educational institutions and research centres.
Panelists include Ambassador Dinesh Bhatia, Consul General of India – Toronto; Le Luoung, Director, Nurture Growth Bio Fertilizer Inc.; Prashant Pathak, CEO, Ekagrata Group; and Soumen Roy, Managing Director, Tata Consultancy Services, Canada.
The discussion will be moderated by Partha Mohanram, Director - India Innovation Institute and CPA Ontario Professor of Financial Accounting, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
The panel discussion will be held at the institute's premises.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)