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Premier To Promote Ontario In India And Pakistan

Premier’s First Visit To Region Will Focus On Strengthening Relationships, Increasing Trade

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Premier Dalton McGuinty today announced that he will visit India and Pakistan to boost trade and investment and build opportunity for Ontario businesses, organizations and families.

"Ontario's diversity is one of our province's greatest strengths -- we speak every language and understand every market," said Premier McGuinty. "These business missions to India and Pakistan will help us build relationships with our international friends and partners to build a stronger, more prosperous Ontario."

The Premier's mission to India will take place January 14-21, 2007 with stops in Punjab, Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai.

The Canada-Pakistan Business Council is collaborating on a mission to Pakistan that will focus on the information and communications technologies sector. It will begin in Karachi, with the Premier and his delegation joining the mission January 22-26, 2007 with stops in Lahore and Islamabad.

Economic Development and Trade Minister Joseph Cordiano and Small Business and Entrepreneurship Minister Harinder Takhar will join Premier McGuinty on the missions, along with senior representatives of Ontario companies and organizations.

Ontario's two-way goods trade with India and Pakistan has nearly doubled over the past five years, reaching a combined $1.2 billion in 2005.

"This is an opportunity to build on our already strong relationships with India and Pakistan," said Cordiano. "By helping Ontario businesses and organizations gain access to these important markets, we can strengthen our economy and make sure all Ontarians prosper."

"Entrepreneurs and small businesses in Ontario have what it takes to compete with the best in the world," said Takhar. "Through these missions, we can connect them to the exciting opportunities in India and Pakistan."

Building partnerships with investors around the world is just one way the McGuinty government is working on the side of businesses and families to strengthen the economy.

Other initiatives include:

  • Encouraging strong job creation, with almost 288,000 net new jobs since taking office
  • Helping to generate almost $7 billion in automotive investments that retain and create thousands of high-value jobs
  • Launching a $500-million Advanced Manufacturing Investment Strategy to help manufacturers develop cutting-edge technologies
  • Investing $34 million in bridge-training projects to link internationally trained professionals with opportunities.

"We want to showcase Ontario's highly skilled workers and innovative companies to business leaders in India and Pakistan," said Premier McGuinty. "It's all part of our plan to attract high-quality jobs and investment so Ontario families can find success."

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