India and Canada have embarked on a renewed drive to boost bilateral trade and investment. Rebecca Abraham reports

February was an important month for bilateral relations between India and Canada. On 22 February, the governor general of Canada, David Johnston, accompanied by around 20 leaders of Canadian businesses and universities, began a state visit to India. The theme of the visit was education, innovation and entrepreneurship.

First on the agenda was a visit to the Taj Mahal. But a day later when the governor general got down to business he and his delegation met with government representatives, innovators and CEOs, to whom he spoke of his government’s commitment to building a “more structured and productive strategic partnership” between India and Canada.

Thinking big

While both countries continue to hammer out a comprehensive economic partnership agreement (CEPA), talk of increasing bilateral trade to C$15 billion (US$13.6 billion) a year by 2015 continues.

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