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Smart Cities Mission to India – Request for Expression of Interest

February 6-10, 2017

Global Affairs Canada through the High Commission of Canada in Delhi and the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), will be pleased to receive your application to participate in the “Canadian Smart Cities Mission to India”, which will take place from February 6-10, 2017, in New Delhi, Chandigarh and Bengaluru.

Background

India’s urban population is expected to reach 600 million by 2031. Indian cities will not only need to absorb large numbers of people, they will have to do so in a way that drives economic growth, opportunity and innovation.

To improve the quality of life in fast-growing urban centers, the Government of India has embarked on an ambitious Smart Cities program that aims at developing new smart cities and modernizing existing Indian cities.

To create smart cities, India needs a balanced approach that includes the redevelopment of city infrastructure and the introduction of smart technologies to enhance quality, performance and interactivity of urban services. This presents a huge opportunity for Canadian technology companies with innovative solutions for managing city assets such as energy, water, transportation, public safety, citizen services, city governance and education. 

Some of the key technology based solutions that could be implemented in the smart cities program in India are:

This Smart Cities mission to India will focus on building partnerships and will increase Canadian company knowledge of Indian market needs. It will also better position Canadian participants to develop collaborative arrangements with Indian partners, enabling them to pursue market opportunities in India.

Who can apply?

Canadian companies engaged in offering technology for the infrastructure and smart cities sectors.  If you have a solution that fits the broader elements to be incorporated into a smart city including Internet of Things, you should apply for this mission. Applicants will be selected based on their technology’s potential for commercialization and their capacity to fulfill the Indian market needs.

Why India

 The following provides market highlights in support of the initiative to build partnerships in India:

Itinerary and Timing

A customised program will be developed for the delegates, and the itinerary will be finalized based on the interest of the Canadian delegates selected for the mission. Program elements are likely to include:

How to Apply for Participation

If you are interested, please email Shriya Ramachandran, Trade Comissioner- Infrastructure and PratimaRai Bakshi, InfoCentre Assistant to receive the application form and once completed email your application to Shriya Ramachandran by December 19, 2016.

Financial Support for Travel to the Mission

Once a confirmation of participation is received, the shortlisted participants can apply for financial support to join the delegation through Going Global Innovation (GGI) program. Please mention “Smart Cities Mission” in your application to GGI.

GGI may be able to provide funding support toward travel costs related to the mission such as:

Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP)

Global Affairs Canada and NRC-IRAP are jointly delivering a new program called the Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP) to facilitate industrial R&D collaborations between Canadian SMEs and companies in CIIP target countries, including India. Collaborative R&D projects between Canadian and Indian companies resulting from the “Smart Cities Missionmay be eligible to apply for CIIP project funding in the future.

For more information on the Smart Cities Mission, please contact: Shriya Ramachandran, Trade Commissioner, High Commission of Canada, New Delhi, India, (shriya.ramachandran@international.gc.ca).

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