Let's Focus on Economic Diplomacy: Canada to India


The Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), in partnership with the Embassy of theCanadain New Delhi, organised aRound Table Discussion on 'Canada's Worldview andRelations with India'.

The trajectory of Indo-Canadian ties were discussed threadbare, recalling the shared imperial history and commonwealth connection.

Ambassador PKBudhwar, former High Commissioner of India in Canada, referred to the golden period of 1945-mid 1950s in India- Canada relationship.

"The foreign policies of two countries have a lot in common. Currently, trade stands at a healthy $6 bn,and potential for growth is enormous," Ambassador Budhwar said.

The former high commissioner stressed on the need to publicise collaboration between India, Canada and urged the media to play an active role.

High Commissioner of Canada inNew Delhi, HEStewart Beck reiterated Canada's thrust on economic diplomacy.

Calling India, Canada as colonial cousins, HEStewart Beck said: "Global balance of power is shifting due to the rise of countries like India, China. We are focussed not only on trade, but also on global security, human rights and peacekeeping missions. Energy cooperation and sale of uranium must be pursued with earnestness."

The high commissioner enlightened the gathering by shedding light on 'Canada's Worldview.'

"We are concerned about the situation in Iraq. Today, the country is at a crossroads and all leaders must come together to diffuse the crisis. On Ukraine crisis, Canada believes that more and more pressure be put on Russia to back off," he added.

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