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Premier Kicks Off Business Mission To India: "Our Diversity Is Our Competitive Advantage"

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Premier Kicks Off Business Mission To India: "Our Diversity Is Our Competitive Advantage"

Stops Include New Delhi, Bangalore And Mumbai

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Premier Dalton McGuinty today kicked off Ontario's business mission to India by urging delegates to promote the province's diversity as they seek new partnerships.

"We are home to more than 500,000 Ontarians of Indian descent, people who have found success in every walk of life, and that is a real source of strength for us as we compete for new investment and jobs here in India," Premier McGuinty told more than 100 leading Ontarians who form the mission here.

"Our diversity gives us every opportunity to succeed, especially when it's combined with our competitive business costs and our highly skilled, highly educated and highly motivated workforce."

"Let's be sober minded enough to know that we are in a real, international competition for India's business: with its economy growing so quickly, the world is beating a path to India's door. But we can be confident in telling our Indian friends that when you do business with Ontario, you can feel at home and access all the opportunities the North American market has to offer, at the same time.' "

More than 87 Ontario companies, universities and other organizations have joined Premier McGuinty,.Sandra Pupatello, Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Harinder Takhar, Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and MPPs Vic Dhillon, Linda Jeffrey and Dr. Kuldip Kular.

In New Delhi, the business mission is expected to include contract signings between Ontario and Indian partners. Premier McGuinty will meet with government ministers responsible for commerce, science and technology and infrastructure, and speak at a major conference, Emergent India: Now and Into the Future.

"Ontario's diversity is one of our province's greatest strengths," said Linda Jeffrey, MPP Brampton-Centre. "It means that we can offer investors not only a competitive business environment and a culture of innovation, but also a highly skilled workforce that can speak many languages and understand many markets."

"This business mission holds great economic potential if we're able leverage our common strengths and build partnerships between businesses, organizations and governments," said Takhar. "We plan to create synergies between our most important sectors that will result in economic benefits and increase the standard of living for families in Ontario and India."

The mission to India concludes January 22. Premier McGuinty and other Ontario delegates will then explore opportunities for trade and partnership in Pakistan from January 22 to 26.

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