Rohinton Medhora, CIGI president and Manjeet Kripalani, Gateway House co-founder and executive director, shake hands at the official launch of the  Canada-India Track 1.5 Dialogue on Innovation, Growth and Prosperity. Photograph by Virpratap Vikram Singh.

The Canada-India Track 1.5 Dialogue on Innovation, Growth and Prosperity is a three-year initiative between the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations, to explore areas for closer cooperation. Experts, government officials and business leaders will convene annually to promote bilateral economic growth and innovation in today’s digital economy.

Canada and India maintain strong bilateral relations built on the foundation of shared values and healthy economic ties. Economic exchanges between Canada and India are on an upward trajectory, but there continue to be unexplored areas for mutually beneficial growth, especially in light of rapid developments in technology that are changing every facet of the economy and society in both countries. To address these challenges, the partnership will help develop policy recommendations to promote innovation and navigate shared governance issues that are integral to the continued growth of Canada-India bilateral relations.

The Canada-India Track 1.5 Dialogue on Innovation, Growth and Prosperity strives to build closer ties between Canada and India and nurture the relationship to its full potential. Canada and India can be global leaders in innovation and the Canada-India Track 1.5 Dialogue will seek opportunities to work jointly on multilateral issues and identify areas where improved cooperation could benefit both countries. 

In addition to its focus on innovation, the partnership will examine topics such as collaboration on research and higher education, promotion of Canada-India trade and investment, energy cooperation, and issues pertaining to global governance. 

Through this partnership, Canada and India can be intellectual partners and cooperate in the design of their global governance frameworks.

Latest meeting:

On October 30, 2018, the Canada-India Track 1.5 Dialogue on Innovation, Growth and Prosperity convened in Ottawa, Canada. Canada’s inaugural session examined issues related to cyber security, economic relations, geoengineering and climate leadership and included a broader discussion on diplomatic relations between Canada and India. View a statement from the Prime Minister of Canada on the meeting.

Upcoming meeting:

The next Canada-India Track 1.5 Dialogue on Innovation Growth and Prosperity meeting is scheduled for November 2019. More details to come.
 

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