Canada to bring smart infrastructural solutions in Municipalika 2014

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Indias plans to develop urban infrastructure at an unprecedented pace provide an excellent opportunity for Canada and India to continue to build on an already robust trading relationship.

There are currently over 600 Canadian companies active in India and over 100 of these are in the infrastructure and built environment space. In 2013, bilateral trade reached $5.8 billion CAD (Rs 31,967 Crore). However, the potential for expansion is far greater.

In order to bolster their commercial relationship, Canada and India have been undertaking steps to finalize two important trade agreements: the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA), and the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). A?Once concluded, these agreements will create a framework for increasing bilateral trade and investment across numerous sectors including infrastructure and the built environment.

In the Roads and Transportation sector, Canada and India have been working closely since 2012 with the establishment of the Canada-India Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Road Transportation. A?This Memorandum of Understanding established a Joint Working Group, which has set a framework for cooperation, the exchange of information, and sharing of best practices between businesses as well as our governments. A?Given Canadas large distances, and geographically diverse landscape, Canadian companies have extensive expertise in the design, construction and operation of transportation related facilities. Canada is also at the leading edge for intelligent transportation systems including those related to traffic management, Global Information System tracking, rapid transport systems and multi-modal transportation.

In the urban development and built environment space, Canadian companies have developed home-grown expertise which is now exported abroad. Robust infrastructure has been critical to Canadas development as a country, and our economic growth. A?The Economist Intelligence Unit recently ranked three Canadian cities – Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary – in the top five most liveable cities in the world. A?A?Such liveability is defined by many smart factors including environment, mobility, connectivity, governance and quality of life. A?Canadian companies have had a significant role in contributing to this success through developing and executing the plans and projects that have allowed Canadian cities to thrive.

Another key area where Canada is known for expertise is related to Public Private Partnerships. A?For decades, Canada has used Public-Private Partnership as a procurement model for everything from highways to hospitals. A?Canadian firms are known for operating in innovative PPP frameworks and for developing high quality projects on time and within budget. A?Canada also has PPP experts that can provide advice and guidance on structuring and developing PPP models based on Canadas experience.

Canada will be a partner country at Municipalika 2014. Canadian speakers will be discussing the Canadian experience, and there will be several Canadian companies participating in the show, including Clearford, Premier Tech Aqua, EA Farren Ltd, LM Technologies Canada Inc, Dunham Heath Canada Corporation, Hydrotech Membrane Corporation, All Weather Windows, IBI- Group, Ovivo, Bombardier, Drinkable Air Canada, Arup Dutta Architects Limited, R.V. Anderson Associates Limited. They look forward to meeting with Indian stakeholders, and discussing how Canada can be Indias infrastructure partner.

For those who have a project where Canadian infrastructure expertise can help to make it to the next level, Canadas Trade Commissioner Service is located in 8 offices across India and can help connect with the right Canadian partner: IndiaCommerce@international.gc.ca .