On­tario marks 30 years ties with Jiangsu

Nine agree­ments signed on com­merce and re­search

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By NA LI in Toronto re­nali@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

On­tario Premier Kath­leen Wynne and the Party Sec­re­tary of Jiangsu Luo Zhi­jun cel­e­brated the 30th an­niver­sary of the On­tario-Jiangsu Friend­ship Ac­cord by re-sign­ing the agree­ment at the Royal On­tario Mu­seum on Wed­nes­day.

As part of the cel­e­bra­tion, On­tario and Jiangsu also signed nine Mem­o­ran­dums of Un­der­stand­ing and agree­ments that will pro­vide more re­search and com­mer­cial part­ner­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties be­tween busi­nesses and in­sti­tu­tions in both prov­inces.

“I am hon­oured to celebrate three decades of co­op­er­a­tion and friend­ship with Jiangsu,” said Wynne. “The twin­ning of our prov­inces has led to in­creased in­vest­ments, science and tech­nol­ogy col­lab­o­ra­tion, ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties and busi­ness part­ner­ships for both our prov­inces.”

On­tario and Jiangsu were first “twinned” in 1985. Col­lab­o­ra­tion un­der the friend­ship ac­cord has helped both re­gions at­tract new in­vest­ments, pro­mote science and tech­nol­ogy col­lab­o­ra­tion, en­cour­age tourism, and pro­vide busi­nesses with more op­por­tu­ni­ties to com­pete in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Premier Wynne will con­tinue to strengthen On­tario’s re­la­tion­ship with Jiangsu dur­ing her sec­ond mis­sion to China, from Nov 4-15. The premier will lead a 60-mem­ber del­e­ga­tion from On­tario’s science and tech­nol­ogy and clean tech sec­tors in or­der to build re­search and com­mer­cial­iza­tion, trade and in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in Bei­jing, Shang­hai, Nan­jing and Hong Kong.

“I look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to build on this im­por­tant friend­ship when I visit Nan­jing in Novem­ber,” Wynne added.

Strength­en­ing trade part­ner­ships that at­tract new in­vest­ments and help­ing the province’s busi­nesses com­pete glob­ally is part of the gov­ern­ment’s plan for On­tario.

The four-part plan is build­ing On­tario up by in­vest­ing in peo­ple’s tal­ents and skills, mak­ing the largest in­vest­ment in public in­fra­struc­ture in the province’s history, cre­at­ing a dy­namic, in­no­va­tive en­vi­ron­ment where busi­ness thrives, and build­ing a se­cure re­tire­ment sav­ings plan.

Jiangsu is one of China’s lead­ing eco­nomic per­form­ers, con­sis­tently rank­ing among the top Chi­nese prov­inces with a per capita an­nual GDP growth of about 10 per cent.

Since 1985, sev­eral cities in On­tario and Jiangsu have been “twinned,” in­clud­ing Sar­bor­ough and Wuxi in 1996, Lon­don and Nan­jing in 1997, and Bar­rie and Taizhou in 2006.

NA LI / CHINA DAILY

Kath­leen Wynne chats with Luo Zhi­jun at the evening re­cep­tion held at the Royal On­tario Mu­seum on Oc­to­ber 7 in cel­e­bra­tion of the 30th an­niver­sary of the On­tar­i­oJiangsu Friend­ship Ac­cord.

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