Vancouver to host forum on doing business in India

Business leaders from India and B.C. will meet at a business forum to discuss business opportunities in the world's second most populous nation on March 12 at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre, the B.C. government announced January 7.

Business leaders from India and B.C. will meet at a business forum to discuss business opportunities in the world's second most populous nation on March 12 at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre, the B.C. government announced January 7.

Trade and investment representatives in newly opened offices in Mumbai and Chandigarh, along with an existing Indian government trade office in Bangalore will identify opportunities at the forum.

The B.C. government has identified India as a priority market to encourage trade and investment as part of plan to create jobs.

After the B.C.-India Global Business Forum concludes there is expected to be a series of followup events around trade shows, trade missions and bilateral meetings to capitalize on any momentum that the forum provides.

"India is an increasingly critical economic power, and B.C. is well placed to be at the forefront of taking advantage of this opportunity given our geographic, cultural and family links," said John Winter, CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce.

"This forum is a welcome recognition of this fact and will be important for businesses, particularly small business, to be educated on the opportunities this market provides."

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