Premier Wynne Departs on India Trade Mission
Mission Will Promote Ontario’s Expertise and Competitive Advantage
Premier Kathleen Wynne is travelling to India today to strengthen economic, political and cultural ties with the world's third-largest economy.
From January 31 to February 5, the Premier will lead a delegation of experts from Ontario's sustainable development and urban infrastructure, business, and higher education sectors across India to promote Ontario's business advantage and create opportunities for new partnerships. The delegation will visit four cities -- New Delhi, Chandigarh, Hyderabad and Mumbai -- and will formalize agreements and memorandums of understanding within the research, infrastructure, technology, science and health sectors.
While in India, Premier Wynne will also meet with political and cultural leaders to build new relationships, strengthen existing ones and examine areas for future cooperation.
Joining the Premier on the mission are Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure Brad Duguid, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade Michael Chan, and Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dipika Damerla, as well as Members of Provincial Parliament Harinder Takhar, Amrit Mangat, Vic Dhillon, Indira Naidoo-Harris and Bob Delaney.
Attracting new investment and helping the province's businesses compete globally is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan is investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- India is an important trade partner for Ontario — in 2014, total goods trade between Ontario and India was valued at almost $2 billion.
- Prince Edward Island Premier Wade MacLauchlan, along with 12 delegates from that province, will join Ontario’s trade mission to India.
- Yesterday, Premier Wynne joined the Indo-Canadian community at the Indian Consulate in Toronto to mark Republic Day, which honours the date that the Constitution of India came into force.
- Ontario is home to the largest Indo-Canadian community in Canada, with almost 700,000 members.
- Follow the Premier’s India mission on Flickr and the mission Google Map.
“Ontario and India have much in common — we are both committed to making record-breaking infrastructure investments that will create jobs and strengthen our economies, we both understand the urgency and necessity of creating a sustainable future, and we both know that we need a well-educated workforce to meet the challenges of the future. I look forward to meeting with political and business leaders to share Ontario’s expertise in priority areas so that we can strengthen our existing partnerships and look for new ways to work together.”