Ontario Premier departs on India Trade Mission

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New Delhi, Jan.29 (ANI): Kathleen Wynne, the Premier of Ontario, Canada, is travelling to India today to strengthen economic, political and cultural ties between the two regions.

Ahead of her visit, Wynne said, ” “Ontario and India have much in common – we are both committed to making record-breaking infrastructure investments that will create jobs and strengthen our economies, we both understand the urgency and necessity of creating a sustainable future, and we both know that we need a well-educated workforce to meet the challenges of the future. I look forward to meeting with political and business leaders to share Ontario’s expertise in priority areas so that we can strengthen our existing partnerships and look for new ways to work together.”

From January 31 to February 5, the Premier will lead a delegation of experts from Ontario’s sustainable development and urban infrastructure, business, and higher education sectors across India to promote Ontario’s business advantage and create opportunities for new partnerships. The delegation will visit four cities – New Delhi, Chandigarh, Hyderabad and Mumbai – and will formalize agreements and memorandums of understanding within the research, infrastructure, technology, science, film and health sectors.

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While in India, Premier Wynne will also meet with political and cultural leaders to build new relationships, strengthen existing ones and examine areas for future cooperation.

Joining the Premier on the mission are Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure Brad Duguid, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade Michael Chan, and Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dipika Damerla, as well as Members of Provincial Parliament Harinder Takhar, Amrit Mangat, Vic Dhillon, Indira Naidoo-Harris and Bob Delaney.

Ontario’s business environment is designed for global success and Ontario is a North American hub for international investment and trade. It offers direct access to the USD 20-trillion NAFTA market; a multicultural workforce; streamlined regulations; a low-risk investment climate; competitive business costs; and a great quality of life. World-leading companies have invested billions to start or expand their operations in Ontario, including Honda, Magna, Sodexo, Alcatel-Lucent, AXA, DuPont, MDS, Huawei, IBM, and Dell. Ontario has a population of over 13 million (the largest of any province in Canada), generates 37 per cent of Canada’s GDP, and boasts an export-oriented GDP that is larger than that of Belgium, Switzerland or any of the Scandinavian countries. (ANI)

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