Visit of delegation led by Honorable Chaudhary Birender Singh, Minister of Steel, Government of India to Toronto
(July 9-14, 2017)
A seven-member delegation led by Honorable Chaudhary Birender Singh, Minister of Steel, Government of India visited Canada from 9th to 14th July 2017 at the invitation of Honorable Minister of Natural Resources, Jim Carr, PC, MP, (Canada) for strengthening the ties between the two countries in the natural resource sectors.
2. On 10 - 11 July 17 2017, the delegation visited Calgary to see the active mining areas of Line Creek Coking Coal mine of Teck Resources.
3. On 12 July 2017, the delegation went to Winnipeg from Calgary for a luncheon meeting with Federal Minister Jim Carr. At the start of the meeting, Minister Jim Carr, who was accompanied by his Personal Assistant, welcomed the delegation to his home city Winnipeg, where agriculture and livestock form the mainstay of the local economy. Honorable Minister of Steel, Mr. Singh introduced all members of his delegations and thanked Minister Carr for welcoming the delegation at Winnipeg to carry forward the discussion initiated during his visit to India in September, 2016.
4. Minister of Steel mentioned about the scope for further enhancing bilateral relations between the two countries by tapping the opportunities that exists in various sectors of the two countries. He briefly mentioned about the National Steel Policy of India under which the Indian government plans to increase the steel capacity to 300 million tonne (mt) by 2030-31 from 122 mt in 2015-16, an exercise that would require extensive efforts toward increasing the availability of resources namely, infrastructure, raw material and finance and his visit was a part of his efforts to identify sources of raw material for enhancing domestic production of steel in India.
5. The delegation traveled back from Winnipeg to Toronto where an interactive dinner meeting was jointly organized by Ministry of Steel, Government of India and Consulate general of India, Toronto on 13 July 2017 where representatives of top Canadian / Indo Canadian companies in the steel sector participated in addition to Canadian Steel Producers’ Association (CSPA), Canada Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) and Coal Association of Canada (CAC).
6. The meeting started with welcome speech of Consul General of India in Toronto, Shri Dinesh Bhatia when he welcomed the Minister and his delegation and wished them all success in their endeavor in deepening ties between the two countries in the steel and coal sectors followed by a power point presentation made by (CISC) to highlight the advantages of using steel structures in construction.
7. In his interaction with the participants, Minister of Steel again reiterated the focus of government of India under the National Steel Policy to increase the steel capacity to 300 million tonne (mt) by 2030-31 (from 122 mt in 2015-16) to achieve expected domestic demand of 230 million tonne (mt) in 2030-31 and growing realization of replacing concrete structures with steel structures in the days to come in the infrastructure sector.