I Canada Keen in In­dia to sup­port lo­gis­tics and cold chain

Re­cently, PHD Cham­ber of Com­merce & In­dus­try, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Cana­dian High Com­mis­sion in In­dia, Indo-Cana­dian Busi­ness Cham­ber and Indo-Canada Cham­ber of Com­merce or­gan­ised a con­fer­ence on ‘Canada-In­dia Col­lab­o­ra­tion in In­fra­struc­ture, Cold Chains, A

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The ob­jec­tive of this Con­fer­ence at PHD House in New Delhi was to dis­cuss trade-re­lated is­sues and chal­lenges be­tween In­dia and Canada par­tic­u­larly in the food pro­cess­ing sec­tor; lo­gis­tics in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor; reg­u­la­tion of ware­hous­ing busi­ness; cold chains and agri­cul­ture and agri-trade.

The Con­fer­ence was ad­dressed by

Sharad Jaipuria, Pres­i­dent, PHD Cham­ber; Naval Ba­jaj, Prei­dent, ICCC; Ste­wart Beck, High Com­mis­sioner of Canada;

Pawanexh Kohli, Chief Ad­vi­sor, Na­tional Cen­tre for Cold Chain De­vel­op­ment ( NCCD);

Bal Gosal, Min­is­ter of State for Sports, Govern­ment of Canada; Tim Up­pal, Min­is­ter of State for Mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism, Govern­ment of Canada; Nadira Hamid, COO, ICBC;

Di­nesh Rai, Chair­man, WDRA; Man­ish Agar­wal, Vice Pres­i­dent, Cold Chain, Gati;

Vinod Asthana, MD, CRWC and sev­eral other in­dus­try stake­hold­ers. Sev­eral in­dus­try prac­ti­tion­ers also at­tended the event.

Ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing, the High Com­mis­sioner of Canada men­tioned that there is a spe­cial bond be­tween In­dia and Canada. “Prime Min­is­ters of both the coun­tries have set the bi­lat­eral trade tar­get at $15 bil­lion by the end of the fis­cal year 2015,” he pointed out.

Gosal men­tioned that In­dia and Canada have long­stand­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship based on shared demo­cratic val­ues, multi- cul­tural, multi-eth­nic and multi-re­li­gious na­ture of two so­ci­eties and have strong people-to-people con­tacts. He also in­formed the par­tic­i­pants that govern­ment of Canada has recog­nised im­mi­gra­tion as very im­por­tant for the de­vel­op­ment of Canada, and that In­dia has emerged as the top source of im­mi­grants for the coun­try in re­cent years.

Ba­jaj high­lighted that in In­dia, cold stor­age sys­tem is shift­ing from tra­di­tional mode to mod­ern one with new tech­nolo­gies and the trans­porta­tion is be­ing per­formed by an in­te­grated cold chain.

Ear­lier in his wel­come ad­dress, Jaipuria laid stress on the fact that In­dia and Canada have a long­stand­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship. To­gether, they can find in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions to both coun­tries ex­pand their high­ways, in­creas­ing abil­ity to gen­er­ate power, and de­velop agri­cul­ture sec­tor.

Kohli pointed out that food se­cu­rity, re­search & de­vel­op­ment and en­ergy should be the fo­cus ar­eas. He sug­gested that food pro­cess­ing sec­tor of In­dia is highly un­ex­plored hence lat­est tech­nolo­gies and best prac­tices from other coun­tries like Canada should be adopted. This would not only help in the de­vel­op­ment of the food pro­cess­ing sec­tor but also as­sist in build­ing the post har­vest in­fra­struc­ture like Cold Chains & Ware­houses.

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