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June 30, 2003
Toronto and Milan put the formal touch to a growing friendship
Milan -- Mayor Mel Lastman and Mayor Gabriele Albertini of Milan today signed
an historic agreement to strengthen business, trade, cultural and tourism ties
between their two cities.

"This partnership will bring new jobs, investment, tourism and cultural
benefits to both cities," said Mayor Lastman.

Mayor Albertini said Toronto and Milan have much to profit from one another
because each city has complementary cultural attributes and economic strengths.

"Milan and Toronto are the economic engine of their respective countries; they
embody the spirit of initiative, opportunity and innovation. This twinning
seals our collaboration and friendship in a concrete partnership between our
two cities, with the objective of making agreements and joint-ventures a
reality which will benefit both communities," Mayor Albertini said.

The agreement calls on Toronto and Milan to promote each other's economic and
cultural development through such enterprises as trade missions; the sharing of
market information and business contracts; joint trade fairs and conventions;
mutual tourism promotion; and exchanges between performing arts groups, museums
and art galleries.

The signing of the agreement capped a busy day for Mayor Lastman and a
delegation of forty-five leaders of Toronto's private and public sectors in
Milan this week. Delegates began the day by promoting Toronto's benefits at a
seminar organized and attended by trade associations and agencies which
together represent 300,000 businesses in Italy, including virtually all
businesses in the Lombardy region. In the afternoon Mayor Lastman opened an
exhibition about life and business in Toronto.

The goal of the mission is to encourage investment and cultural development in
Toronto. The delegation includes envoys from the city's private sector,
post-secondary schools, cultural institutions, non-governmental organizations,
and Council.

Mayor Lastman said that the mission is an opportunity to correct misconceptions
about the public health situation in Toronto.

"We're telling everyone that we've put these problems behind us, that the city
is as safe and as exciting a place to visit as ever, and that Toronto is open
for business," said Mayor Lastman.

Media Contact:
Mike Ura, City of Toronto, 416 397-7145



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