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Published on Wednesday, August 26, 2015

China trade mission for businesses

China trade mission for businesses
Oakville Beaver

Local businesses interested in learning more about participating in a coming trade mission to China are invited to attend a special meeting at Oakville’s Town Hall on Tuesday, Sept 1.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and will feature details on cost and itinerary for the trade mission, which will be taking place this fall.

The Town of Oakville’s Economic Development department is working with the Oakville Chinese Business Association and the Confederation of Greater Toronto Business Association to provide local companies an opportunity to join other businesses from the GTA on this excursion.

Those interested in attending the Sept. 1 meeting are asked to RSVP by calling 905-845-6601 ext. 3367.

The meeting follows a June declaration by the mayors of the Town of Oakville and the City of Huai’an China to form a sister city relationship between the two communities.

Town staff said the declaration was made in an effort to promote international understanding, economic cooperation and friendship.

“This relationship provides great insight into new and shared economic industries,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton.

“By becoming sister cities we will be able to develop, share and explore these economic opportunities in both of our cities and attract investment from Huai’an and other areas of China.”

In 2012, Burton and the Town’s Director of Economic Development, Dorothy St. George, participated in a trade mission to establish business relationships and explore opportunities for economic development with China, and a number of initiatives have since developed including: implementing an Oakville China Business Opportunities Forum for local companies; hosting delegations from China including two from the City of Huai’an; creating an Oakville-Chinese Business Association in the Town of Oakville; and following up with the City of Huai’an’s letter of intent to form the sister city relationship.

Burton signed the sister city agreement during his trip to China in June with Sheridan College President, Dr. Jeff Zabudsky.

While in China, Zabudsky signed a training agreement and Memorandum of Understanding with Shanghai Finance University, which will promote educational visits and exchanges involving students and faculty from both institutions.

Moving forward, Town staff said, Oakville and Huai’an would continue to connect and visit each other to establish business relationships and explore economic development opportunities.

Huai’an is Oakville’s third sister city along with Dorval, Quebec and Neyagawa, Japan.

For more information on Oakville’s sister cities, visit
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Author: Mayor Rob Burton

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