Indian and Québec partners have signed nine agreements in Bangalore, the second stop on the itinerary for the Québec mission to India led by Premier Jean Charest. Capital of the State of Karnataka, Bangalore is the hub of India’s information and communication technology (ICT) industry.
Several of the agreements are between universities and other educational institutions. They focus on training in areas such as aerospace, management and agriculture and are aimed, among other things, at facilitating mobility for students and teaching staff and creating collaborative research projects.
From the business perspective, an agreement worth close to $7 million was signed by Dorval-based SDP Components and Nokia Siemens Network for the supply of hyperfrequency multiplexers. The contract will mean additional jobs for engineers in Québec. SDP is currently building a plant in Chennai, slated for completion in April.
According to Clément Gignac, Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, “Karnataka offers business opportunities in niches like wireless network operations, Web applications and expertise. Québec ICT companies should follow the lead of SDP Components and closely assess this market.”
During the day, Premier Charest met respectively with the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Dr. B.S. Yeddyurappa, and the Governor of Karnataka, Hansraj Bhardwaj. The meetings were an opportunity for the Premier to tell the Chief Minister and Governor about the areas of expertise of the companies and advanced-education institutions represented within the Québec mission to India and stress Québec’s commitment to building closer ties with Karnataka.
The Premier also gave a speech during a conference lunch on business opportunities in Karnataka attended by 230 businesspeople, researchers and representatives of educational institutions.
More information about the agreements – Premier’s press release
Relations between Québec and India