The World Bank suggests India requires $470 billion in infrastructure, which Canadian companies are positioned to supply
Carleton University’s Canada-India Centre for Excellence, in partnership with the Canada India Foundation (CIF), is holding a three-day infrastructure forum in Ottawa and Toronto for prominent stakeholders in the sector.
The event, featuring corporate, academic and government leaders, will enable attendees to discuss approaches to work in India’s emerging markets, including infrastructure for ports, pipelines, green energy and telecommunications —all sectors of Canadian strength.
The forum will open in Ottawa with presentations from the Honourable Tim Uppal, minister of state (Multiculturalism) and His Excellency Admiral (retired) Nirmal Verma, high commissioner of India.
Included among the presenters is Carleton President Roseann O’Reilly Runte.
“Carleton University’s Canada-India Centre for Excellence is proud to be partnering with CIF in hosting the Infrastructure Forum,” said Dr. Runte. “This paves the road for increased bilateral trade between Canada and India and opens the door for Canada to enter this $470 billion emerging market. Infrastructure development must address complex issues such as public-private partnerships, financing and community development. The forum provides an opportunity to address these issues.”
The ambitious program is expected to attract over 200 of the most prominent stakeholders and players in the Canadian and Indian infrastructure sectors. Attendees are invited to interact and identify opportunities to co-operate and address challenges. Stakeholders at the forum will include legislators and policy-makers, regulatory agencies, institutional investors, financial institutions and service providers from Canada and India.
“The emergence of India in the past decade into an economic superpower has put the spotlight on infrastructure as a major area of opportunity that Canada can help India to address,” says V.I. “Lucky” Lakshmanan, chair of CIF. “Canada India Infrastructure Forum 2014 is the fourth forum that CIF has organized to shine the light on business opportunities in the Canada-India corridor, after energy, mining and metals and agriculture and food processing.”
When: April 23, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: River Building, Carleton University
Cost: $99.00 (Lunch Included)
When: April 24 and 25, 2014
Where: Shangri-La Hotel
The forum will:
- Provide a platform for specific dialogue related to the infrastructure sector among Indian and Canadian stakeholders;
- Present current developments in the sector in India, specifically within telecommunications and clean technology; and
- Promote mutual business opportunities for Canadian and Indian companies.
Presentations throughout the day will discuss infrastructure sub-topics such as transportation (surface, air, waterways), construction (roads, bridges, ports, terminals), water management, power, public-private partnership, societal considerations, and policy and policy recommendations.
About the Canada-India Centre for Excellence:
Canada and India share a strong commitment to education, the environment, health and science. Both countries embrace technology as a means to address challenges and advance economic development. Celebrating these common goals and the mutual desire to build trade partnerships and scientific and cultural links, Carleton University has established, in collaboration with the India High Commission and community members, the Canada-India Centre for Excellence.
The centre brings together key members of the academic, business and public policy communities in both countries to provide cutting-edge research, analysis, training and exchanges.
Recently, the centre launched the Apps4Billions hackathon. The hackathon, which will take place on Oct. 18 and 19, 2014, is a creative coding marathon aimed at developing apps to solve real-world problems in high growth markets such as India, Brazil and around the world. It is supported by primary sponsor Datawind and its CEO Suneet Singh Tuli, who spoke at the launch event.
Details about Carleton’s India connections are available at: Carleton.ca/india.
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