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Kathleen Wynne Seeking to Generate Real Business in India

When Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne visits India on a 10-day trade mission, she will be seeking to generate “real business” in the world’s largest democracy, whose population is 100 times larger than that of Ontario’s. Commenting on her expectations of the trip, Premier Wynne said 2016 "can really be the year of Canada and India".

On the trip, which runs from January 27, 2016 to February 6, 2016, she will be accompanied by nine Liberal Members of Provincial Parliament, 50 business leaders, 19 representatives of post-secondary institutions and three municipal leaders.

"While we're about to take a big step forward in India and start a new chapter in our partnership, it's the evolution of a longstanding friendship that goes back [for many] generations," the Premier was reported saying at a recent pre-mission luncheon.

Wynne and her delegation will visit New Delhi, Chandigarh, Hyderabad and Mumbai, and will focus on infrastructure, clean technology, clean water and the life sciences sector. Ontario has pledged to spend $134 billion over 10 years on infrastructure, while India plans to invest over US$1 trillion in infrastructure over the next 20 years.

Wynne said her trade mission to China last year resulted in $2.5 billion worth of agreements and she is hoping to build on that momentum.

"This is a newer relationship in terms of solid business connections than for example China, so it will be on a different scale, but I absolutely think that you will see there will be real business, real jobs, real exchange, real trade that will develop because of this trade mission."


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