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Trade and Investment Mission to Strengthen Ties with Gulf States

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Trade and Investment Mission to Strengthen Ties with Gulf States

Mission Will Showcase Ontario Technologies and Build New Trade Partnerships

Deputy Premier Deb Matthews and Minister of International Trade Michael Chan are embarking on a trade mission to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar, to strengthen economic, political and cultural ties in this important global market. 

The Deputy Premier and Minister will engage with government and private sector organizations in the UAE and Qatar to generate new economic activities while continuing to strengthen trade, investment and innovation partnerships in sectors such as information and communications technology, agri-food, cleantech, higher education and infrastructure. 

While in Dubai, the Deputy Premier and Minister will also lead a delegation of 20 Ontario companies exhibiting at Arab Health 2017 to promote a wide range of next-generation Ontario-made life sciences technologies, products and services. 

Attracting new investment and helping the province's businesses compete globally is part of Ontario's plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • The mission begins on January 27 and ends on February 3.
  • In 2015, two-way trade between Ontario and the Gulf Corporation Council Region increased by 16 per cent to $1.42 billion.


“Creating meaningful relations between governments, businesses and people are the building blocks of any successful international trade activity. Our mission to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates reiterates Ontario’s priority in building the kinds of strategic partnerships that will generate trade, investment and innovation opportunities, while furthering economic growth.”

Michael Chan

Minister of International Trade

“Innovative technologies and a highly skilled workforce are key factors for economic success. Our trade mission is an excellent opportunity to show Ontario’s strengths, learn from our partners and generate meaningful investments that help our province and our partners get ahead of the global competition.”

Deb Matthews

Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development

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