An important agreement was reached between Canada and India at the 15th Annual Conference and General Meeting of Intelligent Transportations Systems Society of Canada (ITS), held in Quebec City this week. The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, along with the Honourable C.P. Joshi, Minister for Roads and Highways, India, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance cooperation in road transportation and create new opportunities for Canadian businesses.
“The MOU between Canada and India recognizes our common goals of promoting safe, efficient, cost-effective and integrated road transportation systems,” said Minister Lebel.
It is expected the agreement will foster a long-term partnership to increase the exchange of information on road safety and highway management, as well as intelligent transport systems. The partnership should stimulate business between key private and public sector stakeholders and raise awareness of infrastructure investment opportunities in Canada and India.
“I am pleased that this MOU will serve to identify new opportunities in a growing market for Canadian companies in the transportation sector – part of our government’s plan to create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Canadians,” said Minister Lebel.
Director of Emerging Technologies at IMS, Dr. Ben Miners, was in attendance for the announcement and was pleased with how it could benefit the industry. “Enhanced collaboration and knowledge sharing will ensure best practices and solutions can be leveraged without duplicating efforts. Combining the strengths of Canada and India in research and development accelerates our advancement toward large-scale, advanced ITS and connected vehicle deployments,” he said.
The conference runs from June 10-13, and provides an opportunity to discuss developments and deployments in the field of intelligent transportation technology. Over 250 delegates and 30 exhibitors were in attendance this year.
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