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– The Second Mayoral Trade Delegation of Ontario to China Another Great Success
The second Mayoral Trade Delegation of Ontario, Canada, organized by the Canada-China Investment Association (CCIA), successfully concluded its visit to the People’s Republic of China from September 19th to 29th, 2015. The ten-day mission focused on education, technology, environment, energy, finance and real estate. Eight mayors from Ontario and representatives from the financial and corporate sectors visited three cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, and Fuzhou. The Delegation met with Chinese government officials and executives, and participated in China’s 66th national day celebrations.
Members of the delegation included Toronto Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong, Timmins Mayor Steven Black, Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens, Haldimand Mayor Ken Hewitt, Halton Hills Mayor Rick Bonnette, Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring, Kapuskasing Mayor Alan Spacek, Orangeville Mayor Jeremy D. Williams, and Professors Josie Valotta and Shari Kurgatnikov from the Department of Economics of the University of Toronto.
In Shanghai, the delegation was welcomed by Director Li Xu from the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Shanghai. Mr. Xu presented detailed information on the city’s economic and social developments including its free trade zone and its Technology Innovation Center. He also expressed his enthusiasm for furthering cooperation between China and Canada in various fields.
Ms. Sophia Ming Sun, President of CCIA, expressed her appreciation to the city government for their attention to the delegation, and the arrangements for their visit, as well as detailing the efforts made by the CCIA in bridging the Sino-Canada economies and cultures. After, the Ontario mayors brought forward their projects on drumming up foreign investment from China. The delegation also attended various events in the city during their visit.
In Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian Province, the delegation received another warm welcome from Mayor Yimin Yang. Mayor Yang hoped the delegation would introduce the city’s investment environment to Canada, and the Canadians originated from Fujian Province would help the development of their old hometown. To Toronto Deputy Mayor, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Fuzhou was close to heart as this was where his father was from. The delegation visited the free trade zone and local well-known businesses during their stay.
In Beijing, Deputy Director Tianxing Tan from the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council met with the Delegation. Mr. Tan praised the friendship between the two countries and the legacy of Dr. Norman Bethune. He claimed that China is undergoing a series of reforms, becoming the world’s second largest economy. During this time, it needs the support from the international community, including Canada. He believed that Chinese-Canadians played a vibrant role in the Canadian economy and society, and the Mayoral Trade Mission would strengthen the tie between the two countries.
As the organizer, Ms. Sophia Ming Sun of CCIA had plenty to be excited about: the attention from the Chinese government that the Mayoral Trade Missions had received in 2013 and now; numerous bilateral projects had been proposed or carried out. She was happy to see the overwhelming responses from the mayors to both trips and the progress made by China. The mayors were impressed by China’s achievements such as high speed trains and modern airports, and look forward to more cooperation and investment from China.
Ms. Sun noted that the trade mission had provided the Canadian mayors the opportunity for a close encounter with China, and provided the opportunity for various levels of governments in China and Chinese companies to learn about the Canadian cities. To be the trade facilitator between China and Canada, according to Mrs. Sun, was the main goal of CCIA.
For more information, please click here to download the Brochure of The Second Mayors Delegation.