Promoting Ontario In India
Mission Highlights Ontario's Diversity, Green Expertise
Premier Dalton McGuinty and Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Sandra Pupatello, toured New Delhi's Dilli Haat Market on his first full day in India, taking in culture, crafts and cuisine from across the country.
Dilli Haat is one of many traditional markets found in India's 35 states and territories.
The Premier and the Ontario delegation met with Indian business leaders and investors, highlighting Ontario's expertise in environmental technology and infrastructure. The Premier also promoted the advantages offered by the province's 600,000 Indo-Canadians.
Premier McGuinty also met with senior government officials, including the Honourable Kamal Nath, India's Minister of Road Transportation and Highways. They spoke about Ontario's experience in building extensive highway networks that create jobs and promote trade.
- More than 2,600 environmental technology companies are based in Ontario.
- Ontario's Green Energy Act will help create over 50,000 jobs over the three years and build a green energy industry.
- India's national highway network stretches over 70,000 km.
- The Indian government is seeking to increase investment in infrastructure to more than 9 per cent of GDP by 2014.
“Ontario companies have a lot to offer India as it makes plans for sustainable growth. Our biggest advantage is that so many of our people come from India. They know the culture and speak the languages. Ontario understands India's challenges and we know how to get things done.”
“Our mission promotes the world-class technology, skills and products that Ontario has to offer, while continuing to build on the long lasting friendships and economic ties Ontario shares with India.”