B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk will be traveling to India next month for the current government’s sixth international trade mission.
The leaders’ itinerary include New Delhi, Mumbai and Chandigarh and will be joined by a group of registered delegates. Virk will also make a special trip to Bangalore to raise awareness about secondary and post-secondary student exchange opportunities in B.C. and joint research initiatives between B.C. and India.
Aside from education, the trade mission will also focus on natural resources, agrifoods, clean technology, life sciences, film and digital arts, and finance.
Trade missions are part of B.C.’s strategy to strengthen and diversify its international trading partners while securing new investment to propel economic activity and job creation.
Since 2001, exports to India have grown by nearly 300 per cent. Between 2012 and 2013 alone, there was a 45 per cent increase in goods exports to the country, worth $468 million.
The country is the third-largest economy and is projected to become one of the largest consumer markets in the world. It also has a rapidly growing middle class.
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