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March 20, 2008
Business mission to Chongqing, Beijing, and Shanghai positions Toronto as gateway to North America
Mayor David Miller and Councillor Kyle Rae, Chair of the Economic Development Committee, announced today that they are leading an April business mission to the cities of Chongqing, Beijing and Shanghai together with 15 business leaders.

“This mission implements significant goals and objectives of our Agenda for Prosperity by increasing economic activity in emerging markets with cities beyond North America,” said Mayor Miller. “The business leaders who helped develop the Agenda were clear that we should be taking these initiatives so that we may highlight Toronto as a hub for environmental innovation and a centre for global education and training.”

Toronto’s Agenda for Prosperity is available online at

Toronto and Chongqing celebrated their 20th anniversary as sister cities in 2006 at which time Chongqing’s Mayor Wang led a delegation to Toronto. The current mission will be the first time in 15 years that the Mayor of Toronto has reciprocated with a return visit to Chongqing. Discussions aim to strengthen the existing sister-city relationship.

The city-to-city mission will build contacts and relationships to enhance opportunities for Toronto-based companies to serve the Chinese market; attract investment from Chinese enterprises to Toronto; and position Toronto as the investment gateway to North America.

“Toronto needs to present itself on the global stage. We need to get into the marketplace to tell our stories, highlight our potential and promote our business opportunities,” said Councillor Rae.

While in Beijing, Mayor Miller will meet with senior municipal officials, address York University alumni and participate in business and investor meetings.

The delegation will discuss potential areas of co-operation in particular environmental stewardship in Chongqing. Mayor Miller will address a University of Toronto alumni group in Shanghai.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Stuart Green, Office of the Mayor, 416-338-7119,
Rob Andrusevich, Strategic Communications, 416-397-4149,



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