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I canada india prime ministers joint statement release apr 16 15 final

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Importance of new accord between India and Canada for Smart City development

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I canada india prime ministers joint statement release apr 16 15 final

  1. 1. Canada-India AccordStressing Smart Communities Is Historic Step: i-CANADA The accord signedyesterday by CanadianPrimeMinisterStephenHarperandthe Prime Ministerof India NarendraModi creatinga strategicpartnershipbetweenthe countries, recognizes the historic‘Smart Cities’programbeingimplementedinIndiaandthe Canadiangovernment’sproposedcollaborationwith that program accordingto Bill Hutchison,Chairof i-CANADA Alliance, the groupleadingthe SmartCity movementinCanada. “Thiswill accelerate collaborative commercial opportunitiesforIndianand Canadianbusinessesandindustry andwe are pleasedtosee ournational governmentrecognizingthe importance of the wave of global “smart urbantransformation”thatsome research firmsand governments nowvalue atoverone trilliondollars peryear. Smart or IntelligentCitiesare those blendingnew technology-basedservices andthe “Internetof Things”withneweconomic,social andenvironmental processesand new regulations toprovide an intelligentandsustainablesocial and economicecosystemforall residents toenjoy anopenpursuitof theirlivelihoodsandinterests. “The statementfromourPrime Minister’soffice indicatedtousthat bothgovernmentsnow view informationinfrastructure asfundamentallyessential tooursocieties -- as importantas energyand transportationinfrastructures,”saidMr. Hutchison. “Thisis a tremendousadvance forthe governments to make,andcould vastly accelerate the economicandsocial well-beingof ourcitizens. “On behalf of i-CANADA’sGovernorsCouncil,itisa pleasure tocongratulate the Prime Ministersforthis historicrecognitionof the prime place of SmartCommunities.” I-Canada’sGovernorsCouncil isincudesmore thansixty Mayors,otherpublicsectorleaders andtop executivesfromsome of Canada’smostsignificantorganizations,includingIBM,Alcatel,ABB,CIRA, SchneiderElectric,Siemens,RICOH,andTELUS. ElevenNewDelhi’sNeeded Accordingto i-CANADA,the pace of urbandevelopmentaroundthe worldisaccelerating: “Inthe next 20 years,Indiancitieswill have toaccommodate some 300-millionmore peoplethantheydotoday,” saidMr. Hutchison. “That’sthe equivalentof elevenNew Delhi’s. Indiaisata pointof transitionandit can onlysucceedif it plansfor smart urbanareas fromthe outset. Prime MinisterModi hasbeensetting a worldclassexample of howtoleadand mobilize anationtobecome competitiveinthisareaof urban transformation. He has beenpreachingthe needtocreate 100 SmartCitiesforwhichhis government has included$113 billioningovernmentbudgetestimatesforthe next20 years. The publicsector, includingnational governments,have animportantrole toplayinthistransformationbut experience has shownpublicinvestmentneedstoonlycomprise tentofifteenpercentof the total required investmentwiththe restcomingfromthe private sector.”
  2. 2. Accord Articles That Accelerate Smart City Development  Bilateral partnershipsforurbantransformationandsmartcitydevelopmentwhichwould leverage Canadianexpertiseinanumberof relevantfieldsincluding,publicprivate partnerships, intelligenttransportationsystems,civil engineeringandurbanplanning,waterandwastewater management,pre-castandwoodconstruction,energytechnologyandefficiencyandaffordable housing;  The successof partnershipssuchas the India-CanadaCentre forInnovativeMultidisciplinary PartnershipstoAccelerate CommunityTransformationandSustainability(IC-IMPACTS);  The comingmeetingof the 5th Canada-IndiaJointScience andTechnologyCooperation Committee inJune 2015 to explore new mechanismstofurtheraugmentbilateral engagement inscience,technologyandinnovation;  The inclusionof CanadianandIndianstart-upsinthe CanadianTechnologyAcceleratorinitiative, inwhich Indiaisa PartnerCountry and hostinthe 2017 TechnologySummit. Matching Capabilities Mr. Hutchisonnotedthat“i-CANADA participantsWaterfrontToronto withthe Cityof Toronto,and Waterloo,Ontariowonthe “2014 and 2007 IntelligentCommunityof the Yearawardsrespectively”. Per capita, Canada has wonmore IntelligentandSmartCommunityawards thananyothernation. i- CANADA anditsmembersare alreadyinvolvedinIndia,andplansare beingformulatedtocreate a unifiedCanadianresponseto the Indianopportunitythroughits ambitiousprogramtotransform100 communitiesinto“SmartCities”. About i-CANADA The i-CANADA Alliance isthe pan-Canadiannot-for-profitorganization dedicatedtocreatinganationof Smart/IntelligentCommunitieslarge andsmall,rural andurban,where all enjoythe economic development,jobgrowthandsocial prosperitynow available inthe world’sleading transformed communities. Tosupportour workthe i-Canada GovernorsCouncil iscomprisedof provincialPremiers, Mayors and CEOs of major corporations. We have been creatingprogramsandinitiativesinsupport of Canada’srecord performance inthe global awardscompetitionsforSmartand IntelligentCommunities and we lookforwardto sharingoursuccessful initiatives,toolsandprocesseswithIndiathroughthe newcollaborationagreements. Fora listof i-CANADA Governorssee: http://www.slideshare.net/BarryGander/i-canada-governors-council-47074248 For furtherinformationplease contact: Barry Gander Co-Founder,i-CANADA Barry.gander@sympatico.ca http://icanada150.ca/

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