In terms of youth and SMEs, in our chamber we have different committees. We have a committee called YE, young entrepreneur, and WE, women entrepreneur. We have a special focus on youth and women, mainly for the small business sectors.
In India, SMEs are the backbone of the Indian economy. It's the same thing here. I myself am an entrepreneur. I have a small company and we are contributing to the Canadian economy.
Really, our focus is on youth and women. At the ICCC, every year we take a business delegation to India in January. It varies, but between 50 and 120 businesses go with us to India. In January 2018, we are taking a delegation to India. It will be a multi-sector and multi-city delegation.
Last year when we took a delegation to India, honourable Minister Sohi was part of the mission. Before that, Jason Kenney was part of our delegation. There is a lot of federal participation in the India mission.
I feel that the SME sector, which as I said is the backbone of India's economy, and here, if we connect B to B, small business to small business, it can really give a boost both to companies situated in Canada and to companies situated in India. We really want to have more focus towards SMEs to increase trade and small manufacturing, because in India, manufacturing is very cheap.
I'll show you a very positive example, if you can give me two more minutes. There was a time 10 years ago when a lot of companies in the U.S. and Canada moved to India for telemarketing. Over time there have been a lot of inquiries from Canada from people looking for engineering services, to be offered from India, to make your drawings, to make your designs. They need these people from India.
One more important thing came to me recently. A company situated in Canada is supplying globally, especially to the Middle East, Asian countries, or [Inaudible—Editor] countries. They are looking for engineers, hired from India, to be stationed in India, to give the services to that area. Sending engineers from Canada to Asian countries, or to India, or to the Middle East is expensive. If they hire someone from India, they can [Inaudible—Editor] the Middle East, an Asian country, or [Inaudible—Editor] countries. There are new technologies coming up now. These are things we see in the SME sector and these are adding things to increase the SME trade.
Thank you, Tracey.