Tuesday, October 24, 2006

hi boyz,

i must admit, u'v all done a pretty good job of turning me into a wonk... now every since i stumbled on the Canada Foreign Affairs site back in july, i go back every once in a while to see if they've announced anything interesting that for 1 reason or another doesn't step up to the level worthy of mainstream press attention.

well not exactly news in and of itself, but if u read between the lines...

at the very same time new global alliances are forming among members of the developing world (fueled of course by anger against the US for its refusal or unbelievable ineptness at producing lowell and scum), canada is forging new, deeper relationships with india and the rest of asia (albeit very, very quietly)...

well, what do you make of that?

see, now if i was a yank like you boyz, this kind of thing might make me suspicious of my northern neighbors. like, what are those canucks up to, up there?

i think its brilliant!

thoughts? comments? insight? siraj? jasp? terry?


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Trade Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
October 23, 2006 (12:40 p.m. EDT), No. 122


The Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of International Trade, today hosted a Canada-India Business Roundtable that explored ways of strengthening commerce between the two countries. India is rapidly becoming a world economic power and is a priority market for Canada.

"Although Canada-India bilateral trade has reached record levels, there is still significant room for growth in our commercial relations," said Minister Emerson. "New bilateral agreements on science and technology and air travel are laying the foundation required to bring trade ties to a new level."

The Minister noted that Canada is in the process of negotiating a foreign investment promotion and protection agreement with India that should further stimulate Canadian participation in India's rapid development.

He also thanked the Canada-India Business Council and the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce for continuing to foster closer economic ties between both countries in many ways, including assisting in the organization of the roundtable. Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, also participated in the roundtable.

Canada-India bilateral trade reached $2.9 billion in 2005. Canada exported $1.08 billion in goods to India, much of which was concentrated in paper products, vegetable products, machinery and chemicals.

Trade Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada