- Mr. John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, is on his first official visit to India from 9-13 September 2012. Mr. Baird is in Mumbai on September 10 – 11 and will visit New Delhi on September 12.
- India and Canada have a shared commitment to democracy, pluralism, federalism, individual liberty and free enterprise. With over 30 institutionalized mechanisms of bilateral cooperation in a range of areas and a million-strong Indo-Canadian community that includes a growing number of Indian students studying in Canada, India-Canada relations are making steady progress. With a view to deepening the bilateral economic engagement, the two countries are negotiating important bilateral agreements such as the Social Security Agreement, the Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement and the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. Canada is emerging as an important destination for Indian investments, especially in energy, minerals and the IT sector.
- During his visit, Foreign Minister Baird will hold discussions with External Affairs Minister on the entire gamut of bilateral relations and discuss ways of enhancing and intensifying the relationship, especially in areas of mutual interest and complementary synergies such as energy, minerals, agriculture and food security, infrastructure, advanced technology, higher education and people-to-people ties. The two Ministers will also review regional and global issues of mutual interest and concern.
- In New Delhi, Foreign Minister Baird will also meet the Hon’ble Minister of Home Affairs Shri Sushil Kumar Shinde, Hon’ble Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Shri Jaipal Reddy and the National Security Advisor, to discuss matters of mutual interest.
September 11, 2012