OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan. 16, 2014) - Natural Resources Canada
Canada's Natural Resources Minister, the Honourable Joe Oliver, today concluded his official visit to India, where he promoted Canada's position as a safe, secure and reliable supplier of energy to the world. Minister Oliver travelled to New Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad from January 11 until January 16, 2014.
Minister Oliver's successful visit to India supports the government's priority of strengthening international relationships to increase and diversify Canada's natural resource markets. Minister Oliver highlighted the government's efforts to promote energy opportunities in the expanding economies of Asia. His activities included:
- Delivering remarks at PETROTECH 2014, the 11th International Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition, in Greater Noida, India;
- Signing a Letter of Intent to develop and expand mutual cooperation in the iron and steel sector and allied industries;
- Witnessing the signing of a Letter of Renewal (LOR) to extend a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Natural Resources Canada and India's Ministry of Mines to advance bilateral cooperation in earth sciences and mining with the industrial sectors;
- Meeting with senior government officials, including Beni Prasad Verma, India's Minister of Steel; Veerappa Moily, India's Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister of Environment and Forest; and Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission;
- Meeting with industry representatives to promote Canada's position as a responsible energy supplier;
- Announcing Canada's support for a Canadian wood products trade office in Mumbai; and
- Delivering the keynote address to the Confederation of Indian Industries.
- Prime Minister Singh and Prime Minister Harper announced the Canada-India Ministerial Energy Dialogue initiative in November of 2012. Canada hosted the first meeting under the Dialogue in October 2013.
- In September 2013, the Nuclear Cooperation Agreement between India and Canada came into force. Under this agreement, companies in both countries can export controlled nuclear materials, equipment and technology for peaceful purposes, subject to safeguards enforced by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
- A Joint Committee, established under the Nuclear Cooperation Agreement, is working to identify key areas for cooperation, including deeper scientific and industrial collaboration. Discussions have also begun on regulatory cooperation, medical isotopes, nuclear research and development, and Indian interest in Canadian uranium.
- In 2013, Canada supported the opening of a Canadian wood market development office in Mumbai. The office is already showcasing Canadian wood products in office furniture and door and window manufacturing applications and introducing Indians to Canadian wood products.
"Our government is committed to meeting the strategic imperative of diversifying our energy markets and strengthening our position as a globally competitive exporter. With much of the spadework behind us, India and Canada are ready to enter a new era of cooperation and commerce that will help create jobs and opportunities across our country."
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