The India-Canada Track 1.5 Dialogue started in February 2018 in Mumbai. The first meeting of the Dialogue took place in Ottawa in October 2018 and the second one was held in November 2019 in Mumbai. Going further in strengthening the cooperation between the countries, Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) hosted the third dialogue, virtually on November 17, 2020.
The third edition of the India-Canada bilateral focused on the new geoeconomics of the Indo-Pacific and avenues for digital cooperation between the two countries.
As reported by Businessworld, External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar, shared on the occasion, “COVID-19 has shaken up the world in a manner that was simply unimaginable. As a result, both the countries have to prepare for a different era of international relations. Our era assigns a central place to economic cooperation in a bilateral and this is no exception to the India-Canada one. However, additional areas of shared interest include the digital domain, green and biotechnologies along with space cooperation.”
His thoughts were reinforced by Manjeet Kripalani, Executive Director and co-founder, Gateway House, when he said, “Both India and Canada have strengths in technology, India in software and services and Canada in Artificial Intelligence. Cooperating on these powerful sciences, as also on their governance can allow the two countries to lead a virtuous global bloc in the digitizing world.”
It is evident from the viewpoints shared by important officials, from both the countries, present at the event that we are looking at a stronger technological association between the countries, focusing on space and futuristic technologies.