Surrey: Ed Fast, Minister of International and Nina Grewal, MP Fleetwood- Port Kells addressed the business community of Surrey at a Business Luncheon organised by Surrey Board of Trade. Both Ed Fast and Nina Grewal highlighted the work done by the Federal Government to diversify Canada’s trade outreach around the world. Minister Ed Fast spoke about the activities the government has undertaken to achieve Canada’s Success in International Markets and efforts that are ongoing to build Canada’s Business Brand in the Global Marketplace. He also updated the attendees on status on the Free Trade Agreement with Canada’s major trading partners including Korea, India, Japan and the EU. Speaking about India, the minister said that they are looking forward to work with the new government in India and hoping the pro-business approach of the new Prime Minister of India will benefit the trade and businesses between the two nations.
Currently China is Canada’s second largest trade partner and now Canada is hoping the trade with India will also increase manifold. At present there are only 1200 Canadian companies doing business with India and minister believes that soon this will grow as India is poised to become the most populous country of world. The areas where Canada and India can partner are Energy Security, Education, and Food Storage.
MP Nina Grewal also felicitated Surrey Board of Trade’s CEO Anita Huberman with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Anita was not able to attend the original award ceremony earlier.