Indian software company will open office on P.E.I.

Jim Day, The Guardian
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Premier Wade MacLauchlan and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne greet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, India, Wednesday. The province has announced a software company based in India will open its first North American office in P.E.I.


MacLauchlan trade mission results in contract

A software company in India will open their first North American office in P.E.I. this spring creating new skilled jobs.

The announcement was made Wednesday during Premier Wade MacLauchlan’s weeklong trade mission to India.

Aark Infosoft is expected to start operations here with a relatively small staff between five and 10 before possible expansion.

Aark Infosoft builds integrated software solutions in areas such as e-governance, enterprise, website, and mobile applications.

The company has received a major contract for the digitization of a publication library from a major US-based publisher.

With this increase in business, Aark has identified P.E.I. as a strong location to expand and increase their sales in the North American market.

The province also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Canadian Nectar Products that will send apples grown in eastern P.E.I. to markets in India and Asia.

UPEI as well signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Chitkara University and the Pubjab Agricultural University to facilitate exchanges of faculty and students and collaboration on research and programming.

The joint mission with the Province of Ontario is intended to confirm recent Indian business investments in P.E.I. and generate new investment.

“I have not doubt that teaming up with Premier Kathleen Wynne and her Ontario delegation will open doors for Prince Edward Island products and companies,’’ MacLauchlan said in a statement.

“With Canada’s smallest and largest provinces working together, it shows once again that small can be big.’’

Organizations: North American, Canadian Nectar Products, Chitkara University Pubjab Agricultural University

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, India, Ontario Eastern P.E.I. Asia Canada

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  • merge the Maritimes
    February 04, 2016 - 18:59

    PEI has the same population as the city of Kingston, Ontario. It makes no sense as being a separate province (I say that as an Islander). We need to merge NB, NS and PEI into a single larger province with a decent sized tax base to fund provincial-level services. And to get rid of the corruption in PEI's ruling class that seeks to manipulate public funds for their benefit. One of my neighbours is a civil servant in the provincial government. He is away on trips to New England, Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax, St. John's, Vancouver, etc. almost 2-3 times per month. It's sickening the waste and expense that PEI's system of government creates and it's time to put a stop to it.

  • Truth Seeker
    Truth Seeker
    February 04, 2016 - 14:07

    Wade make a trip to solicit new business. New business comes to PEI. Mission accomplished. I have a sense that most of the regular commentators on here don't contribute much to the rest of us but snide remarks and opinions from and uneducated background. You can do better!

    • Just Asking
      February 04, 2016 - 15:12

      If you want uneducated, just read your post over a few times and see the grammatical errors, then try to sound educated. MOU's are not deals. The last MOU's the Liberal government signed are now in court, being sued for $20,000,000.00. You can't justify a junket to India and expect to come home with maybe creating 5 jobs, (probably at an enormous cost) and two maybe deals.and call it a success. If you recall, a couple of years ago Ghiz lead a team to India at a tremendous cost and what did he accomplish?

    • Regular Joe
      Regular Joe
      February 05, 2016 - 07:46

      How many jobs were brought back to the Island with the last trade mission to India and were are the rest of the hundred jobs that were to come later . Appears these Trade Missions do nothing for Islanders as a whole but the Private businesses that get to go on the Taxpayers dime seem to do alright . If this is so good for private Businesses then let them cover their own costs and don't be giving these companies huge tax breaks or training allowances to come here and bail when the grants dry up . Government can and should DO BETTER . All snide remarks aside these are the facts we face with all these (Mini Taxpayer Paid Vacation ) so called trade missions .

  • rob
    February 04, 2016 - 13:45

    wow 5 JOBS !!! way to go , our troubles are over i also here they are gonna hire 4 people at subway later this month ,,, please dont come home stay on your trade mission your doing an unreal job ,

  • charlie brown
    February 04, 2016 - 13:42

    Question really is, " did they explain how to do the offshore deal to avoid taxes?" Is this still on the agenda for this new bunch of lieberal crooks?

  • Cromwell
    February 04, 2016 - 12:44

    So an Indian company is going to open a new office on PEI, creating '5 - 10 skilled jobs'. Past experience involving Indian companies starting a new business in a Western country checked, so, Wade, how much of a government grant has been required to cause Aark Infosoft to locate to PEI (last Indian company that 'committed to PEI was given more than $10 million, but never showed up), and how many of the '5-10 jobs' will be available to Islanders? In almost all cases, Indian firms prefer (if not demand) that they exclusively employ Indian personnel, so that they can limit the salaries that they are required to pay. Seems like the vacation (did Duncan also go?) didn't work out so well. Perhaps Wade can extend the PNP program to allow fee-paying Indians to fast-track Permanent Residency Status.

  • Hey Wade
    February 04, 2016 - 12:14

    Perhaps you would like to tell us how much money and perks you offered them as everything is now Transparent, I wont hold my breath.

  • No Surprise Here
    February 04, 2016 - 10:48

    These so callled business trips to far off countries are hilarious. It's kind of like Wades taking us all back a little gift... except he isn't.

    February 04, 2016 - 10:23

    How much is this trip going to cost us this time? The Indians are shrewd bargainers and they will not come here unless the government gives them huge grants, and when they run out, so do they. As far as the apple, they were here for a couple of years trying to buy apples, what happened then? As far as the university is concerned, nothing to see there.

  • Krill
    February 04, 2016 - 09:15

    I can't help but wonder how much this is going to cost the taxpayers of PEI. These business don't come here out of the goodness of their heart and there is really nothing to attract them except 'free money' like so many companies before them.

  • And Just What
    February 04, 2016 - 07:47

    And just what is this going to cost PE Islanders before it pulls out like most of the rest that the Government gets involved in ??????????????????????????????????

  • no thanks
    February 04, 2016 - 07:44

    more cheap labour for these companies -- they follow the highest bidder --their businesses don't want to pay their fair share in taxes - fly by nighters

  • don
    February 04, 2016 - 05:45

    and we all know where they will set up shop. in lee's city only. the rest off of PEI is not important and wade you know i am telling the truth. just look at the new island