Ontario Celebrates 25 Year Relationship With Jiangsu Province
McGuinty Meets Jiangsu Governor And Signs Five-Year Cooperation Agreement
Premier Dalton McGuinty travelled to Nanjing to join leaders from Jiangsu in a celebration of the 25-year relationship between the two provinces.
Premier McGuinty co-hosted a lunch with Governor of Jiangsu, Luo Zhijun, to celebrate a relationship that began in 1985 with an agreement signed by then-Premier David Peterson. Premier McGuinty and Governor Luo signed another five-year friendship agreement that helps create economic opportunities in areas such as international education, energy conservation, clean water technology, financial services and tourism.
Premier McGuinty also signed a tourism cooperation agreement with Jiangsu. This is in addition to the agreements already signed during the mission with Henan and Shandong provinces, bringing the total to over $200 million in benefits for Ontario's tourism economy. In addition, Ontario signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Jiangsu Province to enhance education cooperation between the two provinces.
While in Nanjing, Premier McGuinty attended a groundbreaking at the Menergy Research and Development Centre. The Markham-based company began operating in China in 2004 and has benefited from stronger relationships between Ontario and China. The Premier also visited a school in Jiangsu where he met with some of the over 150 teachers who attend Suon college in Toronto six times a year to exchange ideas on teaching methods and learn about Ontario's education system.
Also meeting in Nanjing today was the Ontario-Jiangsu Business Council. A direct result of the Premier's 2005 trade mission to China, this is the Council's fourth meeting. The Council established a plan of cooperative initiatives over the next year.
- Ontario's Ministry of the Environment signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Jiangsu Environmental Protection Department in 2008. The parties agreed to cooperate in the 11 areas initially focusing on source water protection and lake remediation.
- Jiangsu province is one of three provinces that border Lake Taihu, the third-largest freshwater lake in China. Ontario experts are helping partners in Jiangsu to address the challenges that result from 14 million people living around the lake and depending on it for drinking water.
“One of Ontario's many competitive advantages is the close relationship we've gained with the people of Jiangsu province over 25 years. We have learned from each other and worked together to face common challenges and improve the lives of our citizens. I look forward to another five years of working with our friends in Jiangsu.”