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The India-Canada bilateral is constructed on the inspiration of shared values, rising people-to-people and financial ties. The ongoing pandemic has proven how far more the 2 nations have to associate in areas of mutually useful progress.

To that finish Mumbai-based assume tank Gateway House and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) hosted the third India-Canada Track 1.5 Dialogue, just about on Wednesday.

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and his Canadian counterpart Minister François-Philippe Champagne inaugurated the Dialogue with a dialogue on India and Canada’s Role in a Post-COVID-19 World.

Jaishankar mentioned, “India and Canada are two societies with visibly strong convergences and over the years, a deeper societal connect has taken root. COVID-19 has shaken up the world in a manner that was simply unimaginable. As a result, both the countries have to prepare for a different era of international relations and that is key to taking the India-Canada cooperation to the next level.”

“Our era assigns a central place to economic cooperation in a bilateral and this is no exception to the India-Canada one. However, additional areas of shared interest include the digital domain, green and biotechnologies along with space cooperation,” identified Jaishankar.

“Canada and India have a long record of close collaboration and strong people-to-people ties,” mentioned Champagne. “Through dialogue, we can find opportunities and solutions to current global challenges. Our recent cooperation during this pandemic has reaffirmed my conviction that we must continue to deepen our strategic partnership.”

The Track 1.5 has helped each governments to accentuate their discussions and deepen the resolve to make the connection carry out higher. Manjeet Kripalani, Executive Director and co-founder, Gateway House highlighted, “There have already been several high-level India-Canada bilateral meetings this year and the Track 1.5 is another such exchange – a dramatic change from the past.”

The Dialogue was launched in 2018 by Gateway House and CIGI with the help of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The India-Canada Track 1.5 Dialogue brings collectively thought leaders from assume tanks, authorities, academia and enterprise from each international locations to debate concepts and make suggestions for a strong and futuristic engagement between India and Canada, based mostly on one another’s strengths and desires bilaterally, and for the worldwide neighborhood, multilaterally.

“COVID-19 in many ways has validated this partnership,” acknowledged Rohinton P. Medhora, president of CIGI. “It has reminded us of how interconnected we all are, but how quickly connections can dissipate. Canada and India have a role to play in creating the common global governance processes we need to serve us in the twenty-first century.”

The Track 1.5 Dialogue was inaugurated in Mumbai in February 2018, in the course of the go to of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to India. The first assembly of the Dialogue passed off in Ottawa in October 2018. It centered on cooperation in cybersecurity and local weather change. The second assembly was held final November in Mumbai to debate know-how’s influence on international governance, safety and power cooperation together with commerce in companies. The third version of this bilateral centered on the brand new geo-economics of the Indo-Pacific and bilateral and multilateral avenues for digital cooperation between India and Canada.

“Both India and Canada have strengths in technology, India in software and services and Canada in Artificial Intelligence. Cooperating on these powerful sciences, as also on their governance can allow the two countries to lead a virtuous global bloc in the digitizing world, that is currently divided between China, the US and Europe,” famous Kripalani. “This is where India can become a global rule-maker, instead of the rule-taker it has been so far.”

The dialogue introduced collectively representatives from each international locations — Ajay Bisaria, High Commissioner of India to Canada; Nadir Patel, High Commissioner of Canada to India; Dan Ciuriak, Senior Fellow, CIGI; Sanjay Anandaram, iSpirit; Maithili Mavinkurve, COO and Co-Founder, Sightline Innovation; Cleo Pascal, Contributor Gateway House and Associate Fellow, Chatham House; Ambassador Rajiv Bhatia, Distinguished Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, Gateway House and Blaise Fernandes, Director, Gateway House.


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