#April 2017, #Commonwealth, #Special Edition – May 2017, #COMMONWEALTH, #December 2017, #India & The World
François-Philippe Champagne is Canada’s Minister for International Trade with over 20 years’ experience working for major companies worldwide. ‘India Global Business’ caught up with the minister soon after the inaugural Commonwealth Trade Ministers Meeting in London recently to explore the potential of India-Canada ties within a broader multilateral context.
What is the status of the Canada-India free trade agreement?
The negotiation of the Canada-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) began in November 2010. Nine rounds of negotiations have been held to date; the latest of which was in March 2015. And, last fall, my predecessor, Chrystia Freeland, met with her Indian counterpart, Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, during the 3rd Ministerial Dialogue on Trade and Investment in Toronto.
#2017/2018, #October 2017, #COUNTRY FOCUS/Australia
India and Australia have great historical and cultural linkages but that is yet to translate into bilateral trade and investment.
It is an anecdote that Matt Staff, a former senior executive at mining behemoth Rio Tinto’s operations at Pilbara region of Western Australia and now a part time tour guide in Perth is only too happy to narrate to his occasional Indian guests. Staff’s familiarity with the region and his inherent cheerful disposition would mean he would often be called upon to double up as a guide to high profile visitors while at Rio Tinto. This one time back in 2004, he was told months in advance of a particular guest he would need to take around the company’s operations around Perth. There was only one instruction — to be courteous to a fault and to do all it takes to make the guest comfortable.
#INDIA-UK, #Special Edition – May 2017
Britain’s minister in charge of international trade makes the case for an open global trading order with the Commonwealth as its cornerstone.
I hosted the inaugural Commonwealth Trade Ministers’ Meeting, an event that brought together politicians, officials and policymakers from over twenty Commonwealth nations.
It is a testament to the strength of the Commonwealth that so many of its countries were represented at this landmark meeting, during which we discussed the opportunities for trade, investment, and enhanced friendship that lie ahead.
#September 2015, #Opinion
Since May 2014, the Indian PM has visited 26 countries and attended seven multilateral platforms.
#April 2017, #Special Edition – May 2017, #INDIA-AFRICA, #Emerging Markets
India is a crucial partner for South Africa’s economy which offers enormous trade and investment opportunities, writes an expert from the region.
South Africa and India relations are enjoying an unprecedented renaissance, founded on shared economic interests and longstanding historical ties since the latter lifted economic sanctions against South Africa after the end of apartheid.
Both countries are major players in the global economy and share a common vision of shaping the development agenda through multilateral engagements such as the Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) and the India, Brazil, South Africa (IBSA), and other related platforms.
#September 2015, #Special Report
Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley has prioritised the rights of global Indian professionals during his ongoing US visit.
#June 2017, #Emerging Markets
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policy of renewing and redefining India’s millennia-old civilisational bonds with the Middle East are bearing concrete fruit in the form of strategic alliances and investments in India’s infrastructure sector.
Mention the Middle East to an Indian and he will immediately associate it with oil, deserts, Dubai and, very possibly, a non-resident relative stationed there. None of the above provides a misleading picture of the region; equally, none of them paints the complete picture either.