Premier Dalton McGuinty’s next trade mission to China will highlight Ontario’s expertise in clean technology and agri-food product innovation to attract new investment and jobs to the province. On October 3rd, the Premier took to YouTube and the China-based social media platform, Weibo, to generate interest in China of all that Ontario has to offer. The upcoming mission will include meetings with key Chinese government decision-makers and leaders in the business community with stops in Shanghai, Nanjing, Beijing — and for the first time — Chengdu.
The delegation will travel from January 20 to 25, 2013 and will include Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Innovation, and Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
Matching Ontario’s strengths with opportunities in global markets is part of the McGuinty government’s plan to grow the economy and create jobs here at home.
“As China’s economy continues to grow, we have a tremendous opportunity to strengthen our long-standing friendship as we showcase made-in-Ontario products and technology. In today’s increasingly competitive world, we need to work together, and do everything we can to seize new opportunities that create good jobs for families here,” stated Premier McGuinty.
- This will be the Premier’s fourth mission to China, the world’s second-largest economy.
- China is Ontario’s and Canada’s second-largest trading partner in the world. In 2011, two-way trade between Ontario and China totalled $29 billion.
- Ontario’s agri-food world-wide exports hit a record high of over $9 billion in 2011, with Asia being an important destination for Ontario foods.
- Since 2005, the Premier has led six international missions to China, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, Israel, the West Bank and Lebanon. The missions have raised Ontario’s profile as a global leader in clean energy, innovation, education and life sciences and have resulted in over $1.5 billion in agreements signed between organizations and businesses.