Mangaluru, Mar 9, 2017: Participating in an interaction programme organised by Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Jennifer Daubeny, Consul General for South India, Consulate General of Canada, on march 8, Wednesday exuded confidence that the relation between Canada and the United States will continue to be steady, as both the countries are inter-dependent in many ways.
Daubeny was replying to a query on uncertainty looming over Trans-pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), a trade agreement between select countries including USA and Canada, especially after Donald Trump took over as the president of the US.
Daubeny said that it may be not that easy to forego any agreement as some parts of industries in US are dependent on Canada. Any effect on the supply chain will be felt by both the countries. However, the issue over TPPA involves many countries, not just Canada, she clarified.
Daubeny, who elaborately spoke on Indo-Canadian relationship, was happy to acknowledge that immigrants from India are second after China in Canada. There has been a rise in the number of Indian students pursuing higher studies in the country. She mentioned that about most of the 19 newly-elected MPs in Canadian Government of Indian origin, with four among them being the ministers of defence, innovation and science, tourism and infrastructure.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Maudeny said, even the cabinet of Government of Canada is gender balanced, with 15 against total 30-member cabinet being women.
South in focus
Asserting that south India is in the focus of Canadian consul, she said that it was the very reason why the office of consul general was opened in Bengaluru two-and-a-half years ago, tap on the tremendous talents and opportunities available.
Stanly Gomes, consul and senior trade commissioner (South India) who spoke on India-Canada trade said, "Ideas count first rather than investments, when it comes to setting up a business in Canada." He said the environment assumes great concern in his country, where still a vast area of green cover remains untouched.
KCCI President Saldanha, executive members and a select audience was on hand.