Québec keen on maritime tie-up, port-led development in Goa
With Quebec looking for opportunities to partner with India, in the areas of trade, investment and maritime collaboration, the consul and director of the Quebec government office in Mumbai, Dominic Marcotte held wide ranging discussions with several stakeholders in Goa. Many Indian companies are active in Quebec, primarily in the mining, information and communications technology, aerospace, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, and Quebec is keen on increasing the bilateral trade between Goa and the Canadian independent region.
Marcotte met members of Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) to explore the possibility of tie-ups with companies in Goa. Canadian companies which want to enter Indian markets will find the conditions in Goa quite favourable to set up their manufacturing facilities as compared to rest of India, he said.
Canadian company Optel Vision India Pvt Ltd recently set up a manufacturing facility in Verna Industrial Estate.
While interacting with GCCI president Sandip Bhandare, Marcotte showed keen interest in areas related to port development. He later paid a visit to Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) and met with MPT chairman I Jeyakumar.
Marcotte’s visit was significant as it came on the heels of the development of a maritime strategy by the government of Quebec, which has identified India as a priority country for future collaborations in the maritime sector, Jeyakumar said.
In his meeting with Marcotte, Jeyakumar emphasized that Indian riverine ports could immensely benefit from the exposure to the port of Montreal which is located nearly 1,600 kms upstream along the river Laurent.
Marcotte expressed his keen interest in the fishing trade developments in coastal Goa and explored the prospects of possible trade relations with fisheries exports.
Chairman of GCCI’s IT Committee Prajyot Mainkar and president of Goa Tech Association Manguirish Salelkar also stated that Goan companies would be interested in setting up their units in Canada.
On the sidelines of the 48th International Film Festival of India, a Canada-India Co-production film workshop was also organised in Panaji by Telefilm Canada and the Consulate General of Canada, Mumbai.