Andhra Pradesh

‘Canadian firms keen on investing in A.P.’

Canadian Consul General Jennifer Daubeny interacting with The Hindu in Vijayawada on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: V_RAJU.

Jennifer Daubeny, Consul General of Canada in Bangalore, is upbeat about the investment opportunities and other avenues for bilateral engagement with the Government of Andhra Pradesh (GoAP).

Speaking to The Hindu on Thursday, she appreciated the good work being done by the GoAP. She said many Canadian firms were willing to take the plunge if things shaped up in the manner they were expecting to, particularly in the fields of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and education.

Seaports, smart cities and agriculture were among the sectors that the Canadian companies were likely to invest in once the picture became clearer, she said.

She observed that there were several big companies operating in the ICT sector, engineering consultancy and some other areas in Bangalore and Hyderabad and they were exploring the opportunities in A.P. duly aided by the Canadian Trade Office in Hyderabad and the International Development Research Centre of Canada.

Clean technologies were another area of interest for the Canadian firms, which laid greater emphasis on innovations to realise their potential.

For now, the prospective investors from Canada were being educated about the possible areas of collaboration with the GoAP, Ms. Daubeny said ahead of an appointment with Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.

On safety issues faced by Indian students and job-seekers abroad, Ms. Daubeny said her country was a lot safer than many other countries and its points-based immigration policy was one of the best.

“Ours is a democratic set-up which has a room for people of all nationalities. For instance, we have 50,000 Indian students, which is the second largest number after the one from China. Nearly 3.8% of the Canadian population of 35 million are of Indian origin,” she said, drawing attention to the fact that her country had no qualms in welcoming even Syrian refugees.

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