Ontario marks 30 years ties with Jiangsu
Nine agreements signed on commerce and research
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.
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.