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Desk Overview

The importance of India’s relationship with North America is reflected by the emphasis placed by the Indian Government and US/Canadian Government on the convergence of interests on bilateral, regional and global issues. The relationship with US and Canada have expanded significantly in recent years aided by heightened economic engagement, regular high level interactions and long-standing people-to-people ties.

The economic engagement with this region has been rising over the years with India- US bilateral trade amounting USD 114 billion in 2016 and India – Canada trade amounting to 8.02 billion in 2016. The bilateral cooperation is broad-based and multi-sectoral, covering trade and investment, defence and security, education, science and technology, cyber security, high-technology, civil nuclear energy, space technology and applications, clean energy, environment, agriculture and health. The Government of India is committed to explore new opportunities to break down barriers to the movement of goods and services, and support deeper integration into global supply chains, thereby creating jobs and generating prosperity in both economies.

Vibrant people-to-people interaction and support across the political spectrum in both countries nurture our bilateral relationship with Canada and United States. The 3.5-million-plus strong Indian American community is an important ethnic group in the U.S., accounting for about 1% of the total population in the country. Indian American community includes a large number of professionals, business entrepreneurs and educationalists with increasing influence in the society. Canada is also home to over 1.2 million Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) who comprise more than 3% of its population.

FICCI's Engagement

North America division aims to strengthen commercial partnership with Canada and United States through policy advocacy and engagements with business communities and other stakeholders. It engages with State level/Federal level governments/foreign companies to create opportunities for collaboration for its member companies. The division also engages with Indian Government and US/Canadian Government to address the challenges through various platforms and track-two initiatives.

With the focus on tracking new avenues for trade, investment and collaboration, the division aims to deepen its engagement with various stakeholders.

Pillars of Engagement
  • Federal Government
  • Senate and Congress
  • State Governments
  • Think Tanks
  • Universities
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • India- US Forum of Parliamentarians/ India Caucuses (Senate and Congress)
  • Business Consultancies
  • Indian Embassy/ Consulates
  • Indian American Community
Institutional Connects of FICCI
  • US- India Business Council (USIBC)
  • US- India Strategic Partnership Forum(USISPF)
  • East West Institute
  • Centre for International Trade & Security, University of Georgia
  • Business Council for International Understanding
  • The Brookings Institution
  • The Conference Board
  • Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC)
  • Canada India Business Council (CIBC)
  • Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
  • Canada India Foundation