A 22-member delegation of Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC), based at Brampton, led by its president Naval Bajaj, today interacted with prominent industrialists, traders and developers of the city to explore new trade avenues.

The ICCC, founded in 1977, is a not-for-profit, sponsor-funded business and diaspora organisation.

Accompanying the visiting delegation was the Mayor of Brampton city, Susan Dorothy Fennell. Addressing officials and councillors of the Municipal Corporation (MC) she said, “Today Brampton has come home of the Punjab. Bilateral trade between India and Canada is growing well and the importance Canada attaches to India could be gauged from the fact that Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently visited India.” She added that goal was to establish bond with the business and with the families here. “The Punjabi community in Canada is known for its family values and team work and her aim is to build on these bonds,” she said.

She said her city offered expertise in manufacturing sectors like IT tools, logistics, food processing technology and many more. She said the city had actually hosted the IFA award ceremony last year and named a street after late Bollywood star Raj Kapoor. She said a brand new kabaddi stadium was added to the sports infrastructure of the city, which included a field hockey stadium, a cricket stadium.

The ICCC president said the delegation had left from Toronto on January 3 and completed its final leg today and they already visited Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kochi, Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar and Delhi.

They also participated in the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas-2013 in Kochi.

He emphasised the need to engage the youth from the Indian diaspora and said it “stands to reason that for the Indian diaspora to play an effective role for building partnerships between host countries and India, they have to integrate well into the societies of host countries. Greater civic engagement of members of the Indian diaspora with mainstream societies of host countries may bring substantial benefits to India.”

He added that the aim was to forge linkages between the small businesses in Canada and India, and they attended over 30 interactive sessions, B2B meetings, seminars and workshops during their two-week stay in India.

He said Punjab was a predominantly agrarian economy and it needed technology to add value to its produce. He said here Brampton city and its businessmen could chip in as they had got the state-of-the-art technology.

Host city Mayor Bakshi Ram Arora welcomed the delegation and extended full cooperation. He asked the members of the delegation to explore business and trade opportunities being offered in the holy city.Establishing biz bond

A 22-member delegation of Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC), based at Brampton, interacted with prominent industrialists, traders and developers of the city

Mayor of Brampton city, Susan Dorothy Fennell said the goal was to establish bond with the business and with the families here

Amritsar Mayor Bakshi Ram Arora asked the members of the delegation to explore business and trade opportunities being offered in the holy city

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