Canada in the Spotlight at Indian Climate Technology Bazaar and Policy Conference

NEW DELHI — Canadian companies are set to showcase their innovation and explore business opportunities in India, as part of the Canada–India Business Mission 2003. With the support of the Government of Canada, nine companies — the largest contingent of private-sector partners of any country — will participate in the Climate Technology Bazaar, from today until November 13.

The trade fair, organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry in partnership with India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests and supported by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), was opened by Indian Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani. The Canadian presence at the trade fair builds on the Mission to India led by the Honourable Herb Dhaliwal, Minister of Natural Resources Canada, in November 2002. During that mission, Minister Dhaliwal and representatives of 45 Canadian companies specializing in natural resources helped strengthen ties between Canada and India.

By hosting this Climate Technology Bazaar and concurrent international policy meetings, India builds on its commitment to finding solutions to climate change, as witnessed by its work as president of the Eighth Session of the Conference of the Parties, part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

“I am proud that so many Canadian companies are at the leading edge in developing environmental technologies,” said Minister Dhaliwal. “They are taking advantage of this enviable position and the exceptional growth potential of the global market for environmental products, technologies and services.”

This trade fair is unique in that it is held in conjunction with a series of international meetings on technology and climate change adaptation that engage senior policy makers and experts from many countries.

The mission focuses on climate change and clean-energy technology solutions. Canadian environmental and energy industries have gained international recognition for leadership in energy systems, biomass combustion, energy efficiency, alternative transportation fuels, air quality services and engineering and consulting services.

Through this mission, Canada intends to build on its relationship with India by developing greater collaboration between government and industry and between countries.

“Climate change is one of the most serious environmental issues the world faces today,” said Minister Dhaliwal. “Responding to climate change requires a global effort and the international community must work together to find solutions.”

The Government of Canada has committed more than $3.7 billion to climate change programs and to the development of leading edge technologies, including $2 billion in Budget 2003 alone. The Government of Canada is committed to the sustainable development of our natural resources — contributing to their economic importance and to a strong society and communities through knowledge, innovation, technology and international leadership.

For more information, media may contact:

Alexandra Muir
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister
Natural Resources Canada
(613) 947-8246
Ghyslain Charron
Media Relations
Natural Resources Canada
(613) 992-4447