Canara Bank receives Rajbhasa Award
NEW DELHI, Sept 14: The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented Rajbhasa awards in various categories on the occasion of Hindi Divas at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Sunday.
Canara Bank was among various categories that received. Canara Bank Chairman and Managing Director Rajeev Kishore Dubey received the first Gandhi Rajbhasha Puraskar Yojana from the President Mr Pranab Mukherji.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was present on the occasion along with the Secretary (OL), Ministry of Home Affairs, Mrs Nita Choudhury. Shyamalendu Saha, General Manager, HR Wing,; Hemanth Kumar, General Manager, Circle Office, New Delhi and Mrs Sulekha Mohan, Deputy General Manager (OL), HR Wing were also present.
These awards were instituted by the Rajbhasha Vibhag, Ministry of Home Affairs to recognize the excellent contribution of Ministries, Departments and Nationalized Banks etc. in the field of Hindi.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said the Constitution provides that Hindi language should be developed in such a way that it should reflect India’s composite culture. Hindi has therefore, been entrusted with a very important role.
He said that language is helpful in enabling government policies and schemes to reach the people. For democracy to be progressive, the use of Hindi language and regional languages will have to be increased.
The President further said that the use of Hindi in internet and mobile services has increased manifold and this would be helpful in providing efficient administration to the public.
Chairman of Friends for Good Health Bobby Kalotee to join Ravi Kalra's Earth Saviour Foundation for noble cause
By Deepak Arora
NEW YORK, Sept 10: Ravi Kalra, a leading social activist and environmentalist of India, has committed his life to serve less privileged people through his NGO, the Earth Saviours Foundation. He was here on Wednesday to meet a large gathering of people from Nassau County at the invitation of Bobby K Kalotee, National Chairman of Sapient Party and International Chairman of Friends for Good health. The co-host of the event was Jasbir Jay Singh, a prominent person of Nassau County in Long Island, New York.
Making a presentation, Ravi Kalra, who had been been blessed with all possible materialistic things of life, said one day in 2008 he left everything to serve the poor and underprivileged homeless, sick people who were abandoned and roamed in the streets of Delhi.
He rescued them to his rescue center, where today over 165 such people have been provided simple but dignified life. He also does the last rites of such persons when they pass away to give them dignity in death too. "All the facilities are free of charge for these deprived and abandoned people and the NGO provides accommodation, food, medical care and day-to-day needs to them."
Ravi said it was paintful to witness large number of mentally unsound and disabled people roaming in miserable conditions on roads. Often, one could see them eating from stinking garbage, having no bath for years, no shelter to live, walking bare feet with torn or no clothes on their body.
After several years of make-shift shelters, he said the Earth Saviors Foundation has initiated the first rescue centre of its own kind in India for such abandoned, mentally and disabled people.
"I want to make this rescue centre as the biggest Temple of Humanity," added Ravi Kalra.
Speaking on the occasion, Bobby Kalottee said Ravi Kalra's story humbles you. "Only with permission of God can one serve with such selfless dedication. One needs lots of love, strength and energy to do such an humongous work."
Bobby said "I do not know if this is a blessing or a curse. I also do not know when Buddha as a young man left his Palace to serve humanity was a blessing or a curse. But Buddha changed the course of life of hundreds and thousands of people through Buddhism."
But whatever it is, Bobby said "we need many more Ravi Kalras in the world."
As the International Chairman of Friends for Good Health, Bobby Kalottee announced support to Ravi Kalra and his Earth Saviours Foundation for this noble cause.
Bobby, who has travelled to several countries with groups of doctors to treat his "brothers and sisters" believes that the best gift one can give is unconditional help in providing education and good health to another human being, for a better today and tomorrow.
New evidence show children pay a heavy price across South Asia
By Deepak Arora
NEW YORK, Sept 11: UNICEF has launched the latest trends and data on children across South Asia which show huge progress and also that strong inequalities still persist and children pay a heavy price.
"More than 2 million children in South Asia die before their fifth birthday and these deaths are preventable. 38 per cent of all the region's children have chronic malnutrition. And South Asia is one of the riskiest places in the world to become pregnant or give birth, with the second highest number of maternal deaths worldwide. Far too many children get married, and far too many girls are never born. Together we can turn the tide,” said Karin Hulshof, Regional Director for UNICEF in South Asia.
In addition, more than 8 million children under one year of age are not immunized. 46 % of girls marry before 18, and 18% marry before the age of 15. South Asia is also home to the largest number of stunted children in the world. In a region where nearly 700 million people still defecate in the open, 100 million children under five are not registered at birth. Afghanistan and Pakistan are two of the world’s three remaining polio-endemic countries.
The key findings are part of a new publication titled "Improving Children’s Lives, Transforming the Future – 25 years of child rights in South Asia". The publication also presents the latest innovations which can transform and improve the situation of children in South Asia.
This new data is published as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The CRC has inspired domestic legislation to respect, protect and fulfill child rights in all eight countries of South Asia, as well as the creation of policy and national development plans for their implementation. All countries in South Asia have incorporated aspects of the CRC into domestic legislation and set up ministries and oversight institutions in charge of children’s issues. In some countries, very progressive legislation has been enacted, establishing children’s legally enforceable rights to health, education, protection and participation. Yet, pervasive poverty and disparities prevent millions of children in South Asia from living in dignity, reaching their potential and making choices about their own future.
“On the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, we ask ourselves what else can we do to transform the lives of children in South Asia? The response is getting children and their mothers health services, good nutrition and proper toilets. We also need to provide quality schooling and create opportunities for their future. And the good news is that we have the knowhow and innovative approaches to make positive changes in the lives of children in South Asia” added Karin Hulshof.
This new publication analyzes the progress made over the last quarter of a century on nine themes which are directly affecting the lives of children. It is also providing ideas and recommendations to transform the future of children in South Asia.
UNICEF South Asia is also marking the 25th anniversary of the CRC by launching "Generation@25" a child rights campaign which is taking a closer look at girls' education in Afghanistan, stop stunting in India, ending open defecation in Nepal, and birth registration in Bangladesh.
Canara Bank donates Rs 5 cr to JK for floor relief
BANGALORE, Sept 10: Mr R K Dubey, Chairman & Managing Director of Canara Bank, informed that Board of Directors of the Bank, in conformity with the founding principles, the Bank has sanctioned a donation of Rs.5 Crore to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister’s Relief Fund towards assistance to the people affected by floods.
Canara Bank, in this hour of crisis, stands by the distressed and the amount sanctioned would help the State to extend all necessary relief to the affected people. The donation amount will be handed over to the Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir.
Renowned Ghazal singer Dhananjay mesmerizes Boston
By Deepak Arora
BOSTON, Aug 23: Renowned Hindustani classical Sufi vocalist Dhananjay Kaul mesmerized Boston audience at a concert here with his amazing repertoire ranging from ghazals, thumri and khayal. The concert was organized by Kashmiri Overseas Association. Though born in Kashmir, this has been Dhananjay's first concert ever where Kashmiri folk songs and music dominated the show.
The audience, which was largely Kashmiris settled in Boston area, was overwhelmed to hear songs of famous Kashmiri poets Dina Nath Nadim Sahib and Moti Lal Saqi.
To repeated applause, he sang "Bedard Dad Chahney", "Ne Gevni Az SuNagum Kanh", "Roz Roz Boz Mayan Zar Madno" etc
To the popular demand of the audience, Dhananjay also sang "Prem Jogan Ban Gayi" in Raag Soni by Bade Ghulam Ali; "Yeh Dil Pagal Hai" by Ghulam Ali, "Ranjishey hi Sahi" by Mehndi Hassan.
Dhananjay was accompanied on tabla by famous artist, Harshal Tole.
The audience was so mesmerized by his melodious voice, songs and music that the concert that was to end at half past eight went on till past 11 pm.
Dhananjay has been trained in Patiala Syham Chaurasi mould. His singing is full throated and bold, with a beautiful tapestry of Swaras.
He has been invited to the USA by the Kashmiri Overseas Association (KOA). The Association promotes, preserves and protects the Kashmiri Pandit Ethnic and Socio-Cultural Heritage, according to Raj Kaul, Zonal Director of the KOA.
This is Dhananjay's first visit to the US and he has taken the country by storm. He has received rave reviews from all his performances so far.
Dhananjay Kaul, who arrived in the US on July 4, gave a befitting performance also in Houston on July 31. In fact, Houston Mayor, Annise Parker, was so impressed by his performance that in her Proclamation she declared July 31 as Dhananjay Kaul day in Houston.
Kunal Vaishnavi, Student at Phillips Academy Andover, Massachusetts, introduced the artists.
Amongst dwindling pool of Kashmiri talent, Dhananjay showed that so long artists like him are alive; the world can continue to get solace in peace loving Kashmiri folk music.
Praising the audience, Dhananjay said Boston has been one of his best concerts and thanked the organizers for great turnout.
Commenting on the performance, Dr Sanjay Kaul said "Dhananjay has a complete new genre of Kashmiri singing putting his unique ghats in the songs and amazing compositions of folk with classical voice. This is a very new kind of experiment in Kashmiri singing."
Besides Raj Kaul and his wife Jyoti, the concert was made successful by Pran and Raj Tiku, Sharda and Sanjay Kaul and Pamma and Arun Kaul.
‘Entrepreneurs should be dreamers, and they should dream big’
NEW DELHI, Aug 17: Entrepreneurship is the buzzword now and Indians, unfortunately, have not made much impact on this front despite possessing sufficient knowledge and making huge strides in the IT sector across the world.
Gurram Srinivas Reddy, a first generation entrepreneur who formed Telugu Entrepreneurs’ Association (TEA) in the U.S. to promote entrepreneurs among Telugus, recently received Excellence Award at the North America Telugu Association (NATA), 2014 meet. A Hyderabadi by heart, he tells that its time engineering colleges provide platform to encourage entrepreneurs among students than just churning out degree holders.
How should engineering or management students go about developing entrepreneurship skills while in college?
First they should offer more courses in entrepreneurship and then conduct workshops by inviting industry experts in chosen fields. Invite first generation entrepreneurs as a motivational speakers and role models.
No, there has to be a paradigm shift in the approach of the educational institutions. An institution can create such environment just like Telugu Entrepreneurs’ Association (TEA) does by inviting open competition for students to prepare business plans, preparing best business practices, inviting bankers and venture capitalists to institutions as judges of those business plans. This will give an opportunity for students to interact with experts. TEA does all these activities as part of fostering entrepreneurship among Telugus around the world on a regular basis.
Entrepreneurs have to be a dreamers and when they dream, they have to dream big. There a big difference between businessmen and entrepreneurs. A businessman always thinks of profit. Most of them are not dreamers and there won’t be much of innovation in what they do. On the other hand, entrepreneurs always come up with new ideas and their approach always deals with improving peoples’ or end users’ lives.
If you take last 20 years, new innovations in Information Technology have helped in improving productivity and changing the loves of end users or customers. There is so much productivity growth in many industry sectors and all this was possible because of the entrepreneurs.
For example, Bill Gates of Microsoft, Steve Jobs of Apple, Micheal Dell of Dell computers, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook have several things in common, they all are young and they wanted to change the world using technology to help all the human beings. They also started their entrepreneurial activity at a very young age. They had some idea about their products and they worked on it day and night without giving up. Also, they never lost focus or hope and started developing their products from their garages and they did whatever it took. None of these people have rich background.
All the students must do internship in their chosen industry as part of their course. By doing this, students will have firsthand experience out there in the real world and they will know dos and don’ts of the entrepreneurship.
There is no instant success to anything that we do. One should have a complete belief and trust in himself no matter what they go through. They should just move on. One should have the tenacity, perseverance and stubbornness to make it happen.
The mistake is to not dream, to not have self confidence, discipline, self control, developing skills, and to not have proper role models as they do not read bios of some of these successful entrepreneurs.
Placing clean water at the heart of good governance in India
By Pallava Bagla
NEW DELHI, Aug 14: In water, there is life and without water, there is no life. Water is almost a producer of life. From thick jungles where diverse plants and animals throng to human settlements that naturally seek water and cluster around it forever; this is one natural resource that is at the core of life on Earth. Today more than ever the new Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government is placing clean water at the heart of good governance. So when Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a clarion call on July 29 when speaking to agriculture specialists seeking `per drop, more crop’, it automatically touches a chord among Indians.
Fresh potable water is at a premium and may possibly become the rate-determining step in the future. India with over a 1.2 billion people makes up almost 17 percent of the world's population – the contrast is that the country possesses merely 4 percent of the world's fresh water resources with the renewable fresh water resources of India standing at 1869 billion cubic meters (BCM) per year. Currently every Indian has access to less than a fourth of what is the world average and disparities are only growing. Can this thirsty divide between the water-starved and the water-rich be bridged sound water management and by deploying best practices.
There is a huge renewed interest in cleaning the river Ganga with the new National Democratic Alliance government even renaming the central water ministry as the `Ministry for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation’. On July 7, 2014 a large inter-ministerial national consultation called `Ganga Manthan’ was organized in New Delhi where it was recommended that a honest effort will be made that in next five years a clean free flowing Ganga is given back to Indians. The new government is undoubtedly focusing heavily on providing clean water, towards that a massive effort to clean up India’s National river the Ganga has been allocated $ 340 million in the budget, the 2500 kilometer long northern Indian river whose basin houses some 400 million people, has been heavily polluted and Modi promises to clean it up by 2019. He made this promise while giving a victory speech on the banks of the Ganga from his own constituency in Varanasi.
According to estimates by the Ministry of Water `the per capita availability of water in the country is 1545 cubic meters as per the 2011 census. The per capita water availability in the country is reducing progressively due to increase in population. The average annual per capita availability of water in the country, taking into consideration the population of the country as per the 2001 census, was 1816 cubic meters which reduced to 1545 cubic meters as per the 2011 census.’
According to estimates put out by the National Water Development Agency (NWDA) to meet the irrigation potential of 160 million hectares by 2050 up from the current of about 100 million hectares, new strategies will have to be adopted especially since India’s population is likely to be anywhere between 1.4 to 1.5 billion up from the current 1.2 billion. To feed the people by then the country will have to produce some 450 million tons of food grains, almost doubling the output in less than four decades. Ensuing that the country gets more crop per drop will be the big game changer.
To make the long-range forecasts of the monsoon more accurate, India has launched a $ 75 million, 5-year research program called the `monsoon mission’ to decipher the mystery of the monsoon. The southwest monsoon is that life-giving phenomenon which showers on the Indian landmass 80% of the total annual of 105 cm rainfall that India receives. Every year between June-September, moisture-laden winds blowing in from the Indian Ocean rejuvenate the parched Indian countryside. The monsoon arrives without fail, but forecasting it months ahead is a nightmare. The drought of 2002 shrank India’s GDP by an estimated 5.8%. Calling the monsoon an `intriguing phenomenon’. Shailesh Nayak, a geologist and secretary for the Ministry of Earth Sciences says `understanding the monsoon is a major priority for the next five years’.
According to the government `water quality data of various river stretches has revealed that organic pollution particularly Bio-chemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) has exceeded the desired water quality criteria in 150 river stretches covering 121 rivers. The major cause of rising organic pollution, particularly BOD in these rivers, is due to discharge of untreated and partially treated domestic effluents by various municipalities across the country. Pollution abatement in rivers is an ongoing and collective effort of the central and state governments. Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India is supplementing the efforts of the state governments in pollution abatement in various rivers through the centrally sponsored National River Conservation Plan (NRCP), which presently covers 40 rivers in 190 towns spread over 20 States. Pollution abatement schemes include interception, diversion and treatment of sewage; low cost sanitation works on riverbanks; gas fired, electric or at times improved wood crematoria are being used. Sewage treatment capacity of 4574 million liters per day has been created. Nobody can doubt that rivers in India are heavily polluted and giving them a quick scrub will certainly make India a healthier place.
The whole spirit of water is of tranquility and peace, praise and cleansing. Yet, there are wars, and it is predicted they have only just begun. The wars may be over the use of water, over its sharing, over who gets how much. This war plays out each day, all the time, in countless Indian cities, towns, and villages. Its many scenes are depicted in the long and tired queues of women with more pitchers than they can hold, in the growing frequency of water tankers that actually sell water in many parts of the country, and in the larger political dramas that unfold around the sharing of rivers between states and the damming of water.
But water endures, and also manages to push human endurance beyond limits. It befriends, pacifies, cajoles and makes its way into the lives of the unlikeliest of people. It draws humans, animals and plants alike. It can make or break ecosystems and economies. It entices industry and beckons even the atheist. Water is at what must truly be the center of the Universe for every Indian. Better governance of this vital resource will ensure a healthy and prosperous future for India.
-- Courtesy: Ministry of External Affairs, India
@ Pallava Bagla is Science Editor for New Delhi Television and a globally recognized science writer. Author of the forthcoming book `Reaching for the Stars’ to be published by Bloomsbury India. Views expressed are personal.
The Justice League: Times Square's superheroes fight back against bad press
NEW YORK, Aug 13: After a spate of arrests and bad publicity, the costumed characters who pose for tourist photographs in New York's Times Square in the hopes of a cash tip have formed an association to preserve a livelihood that has come under increasing scrutiny.
Dozens of people dressed as Spider-Man, Batman, Elmo, Mickey Mouse and other children's favorites, roam the crowded sidewalks and pedestrian plazas around Times Square each day, beckoning toward passing kids and their camera-toting parents.
But city officials from the mayor down have painted them as pests who harass the city's visitors. Police have arrested several performers in recent months, and began handing out flyers at the weekend telling tourists to call the 911 emergency number with any complaints about the characters.
The new association - a sort of cross between an informal union and The Justice League - wants to fight back against that image, according to Yamil Morales, one of the group's organizers.
"We're people who want to be treated as workers with dignity and not be treated as cartoon characters just because we wear a mask," Morales said in Spanish, speaking through an interpreter. A large number of the performers are immigrants from Latin America.
They are calling themselves the Association of Artists United for a Smile, a name chosen to reflect their claim that a tourist's happiness is no less important than any tip he or she might give.
Morales, a Colombian living in New York City who spends 40 minutes each day getting dressed up as the Penguin, says he came up with the idea along with a Batman.
More than 100 characters have since joined, he said, and dozens of them met early on Tuesday at the offices of La Fuente, an advocacy group for immigrant workers.
"One of the things that we want to see is that the cops trust us a little bit more," Morales said, explaining that a meeting with police officials was at the top of the characters' agenda. "We want to get the rules from them and get the idea of proper procedure."
The police department did not respond to a request for comment.
Alex Gomez, the communications director for La Fuente who interpreted for Morales, said the characters had been unfairly vilified in the wake of recent arrests, including a Spider-Man charged with punching a police officer who intervened in a tipping dispute last month.
"One or two bad apples have made the whole bunch look bad," he said.
Monkey owns copyright for selfie, Wikipedia tells photographer
NEW YORK, Aug 7: A selfie taken by a black macaque on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi three years back has become a tug of war between Wikipedia and the photographer who claims he is the owner of the selfie.
Wikipedia has refused to remove the famous selfie, saying the monkey — and not the photographer — owns the copyright because the animal took it.
"This file is in the public domain because as the work of a non-human animal, it has no human author in whom copyright is vested," a message on Wikipedia site read.
The photographer David Slater was clicking photos of crested black macaques in 2011 when one of the endangered monkeys hijacked his camera and snapped hundreds of pictures.
Among those, there were some stunning images, including a selfie of the macaque that made headlines.
Slater is now planning to take legal action against Wikimedia that owns Wikipedia, after the company used the photo on its site without permission, media reports said.
"I own the photo but because the monkey pressed the trigger and took the photo, they are claiming the monkey owns the copyright," Slater was quoted as saying.
According to him, Wikimedia's decision to include his image in its database and making it free to download had resulted in a loss of earnings.
Slater could sue the company for statutory damages of up to $30,000, reports added.
Obama braces for daughter's college years
WORCESTER, July 30: Two years out, President Obama is bracing for the trauma that visits many parents: Sending their first child off to college.
It was reported that Obama "is practically weepy" about the fact that daughter Malia will be starting college in the fall of 2016.
In a recent commencement address at a high school in Worcester, Mass., Obama said: "I've got to practice, because Malia is graduating in two years. So I'm trying to get used to not choking up and crying and embarrassing her. So this is sort of my trial run here."
First lady Michelle Obama has also cited the coming milestone, telling high school graduates in Topeka, Kan.: "Days like this make me think of my own daughters, so forgive me if I get a little teary."
The reports said that Malia, 16, has already started visiting prospective schools: "She has been seen touring the University of California at Berkeley and the Palo Alto, California, campus of Stanford, where another president's daughter, Chelsea Clinton, attended college.
"Malia goes into the 11th grade this fall at the private Sidwell Friends School in Washington. The Sidwell parent's guide to college counseling suggests that juniors take the PSAT test in October, visit colleges as time allows, take the SAT exam in March and set up a family meeting with a college counselor in late spring, among other steps."
Fond farewell to Canadian High Commissioner Stewart Beck
By Deepak Arora
The Indo Canadian Business Chamber (ICBC) hosted a fond and warm farewell for the Canadian High Commissioner Stewart Beck, who was appointed to the post in September 2010 with concurrent accreditation as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bhutan.
Thanking the host, Rakesh Nangia, for a wonderful well-attended party, Stewart Beck said he was happy that his tenure saw huge growth in Indo-Canadian ties. He said the Indo-Canadian Business Chamber (ICBC) has contributed hugely in promoting economic and bilateral relations between the two countries.
Many eminent persons of Delhi attended the farewell party. Present from the Canadian High Commission were Sidney Frank, Minister (Immigration); Rosaline Kwan, Senior Trade Commissioner (Northern India); Jens-Michael Schaal, Counsellor (Commercial-Ontario); and Ivy Lerner-Frank, First Secretary and Trade Commissioner, Education.
Some of the other eminent persons that attended the do included Mark Branov, Director, ILSC; Amir Singh Pasrich, leading legal consultant; Shivani Wazir Pasrich of Royal Commonwealth Society; Sanjay Lodha and Shefalika Lodha from premantra.com and Sanjay Malhotra; Sushma Arora, Carpet designer and exporter; Vishal Bakshi, eminent journalist; and Mukesh Tyagi, eminent actor.
Lauding the glorious stint of High Commissioner Stewart Beck, Ms Nadira Hamid, Chief Operating Officer of ICBC, said this organization has contributed immensely to the ongoing increase of bilateral trade, its diversification and establishing fresh targets by exchange of trade and investment delegations, power launches, interactive sessions and creating tie-ups with bilateral chambers of India’s neighbouring countries like Nepal.
She said the ICBC has also been able to establish strong relationships with Bhutan and Sri Lanka. It acts as a bridge between Canada and these adjoining countries.
Recently ICBC signed an MOU with Canada-India Business Council (C-IBC), Toronto and launched the Canada-Nepal Business Executive Committee in collaboration with the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI). It also has a strong connect with the Chambers in Canada, namely ICCC and CIBC.
For us at ICBC, Ms Nadira Hamid said “globalization is the reality and Indo-Canadian interaction our primary focus. Given the warm and cordial relationship shared by the governments and people of the two countries, it makes eminent sense to seize the initiative and forge new links every day.”
ICBC has five operating councils in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Kolkata with prominent members from a cross-section of business and industry, in a variety of sectors. With its main focus being on sectors such as education and Advanced Skills Development, Agriculture and Food processing, Energy, infrastructure, Healthcare and Legal issues, it works through active committees in areas of Education, Aerospace, ICT, Legal, Media & Entertainment and Infrastructure. Other such committees in the pipeline are SME, Sustainable Energy and Healthcare.
The Chamber recently received the Governor General's Medallion for being a friend of Canada and for its efforts towards building strong relationships between the two countries
With its pan India presence and fervent networking activities, ICBC’s contribution to the increase in Indo-Canadian has been enormous.
It proactively continues to assist governments of the two countries in formulating policies to facilitate trade.
High Commissioner Beck joined Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1982 as a Trade Commissioner.
Beck has served in the United States, Asia and Canada. Most recently, he was Consul General for San Francisco/Silicon Valley and prior to that he was Assistant Deputy Minister in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade where he was responsible for the Government of Canada’s Foreign Direct Investment, International Innovation and International Business Development operations.
As part of his mandate, Beck oversaw the development and execution of Canada’s Foreign Direct Investment Program; the focus of the strategy being the promotion of Canada’s knowledge-based industries and capabilities in key markets and sectors globally. He oversaw the Trade Commissioner Service, a network with over 140 offices around the world, pursuing global business opportunities for Canadian clients working or headquartered in Canada.