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April 14, 2008
Toronto and Beijing forge ‘culture of partnership’
Beijing, China - Mayor David Miller and Beijing Mayor Guo Jinlong today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to forge a new ‘culture of partnership’ between their two cities.

Working from their shared commitment to tackle climate change as members of the C40 Group of Cities, Toronto and Beijing intend, through the Memorandum of Understanding, to focus on common interests of enhancing business, trade, tourism, social and cultural relations.

“Cooperation between cities creates opportunities to enhance the quality of life at a local level,” said Mayor Miller. “Beijing and Toronto have much in common. As the economic engines of our respective countries, both are committed to ensuring our future prosperity through a strong and robust economy that enhances liveability, social well-being, environmental stewardship and opportunity. A culture of partnership among global cities such as Toronto and Beijing is essential to achieving our mutual goal of sustainable economic growth.”

Toronto’s business mission to China recognizes that a strong relationship with major Chinese cities is essential in growing our relationships in the emerging markets in Asia.

Among the first initiatives to result from the Memorandum of Understanding will be an exchange of senior staff between Toronto and Beijing to share information and learn from each other about city functions, government structure and community service delivery.

The business mission to three major cities - Chongqing, Beijing and Shanghai, China - will help Toronto meet significant goals of the recently released Agenda for Prosperity and support Toronto's emergence as a leading global city of the 21st century through economic growth, internationalization, creativity and inclusion.

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 contact: Stuart Green, Deputy Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor, 416-338-7119,



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