Ontario Launches Middle East Trade Mission

    McGuinty Government Growing Trade and Investment

    TORONTO, Oct. 4 /CNW/ - The Ontario government launched a seven day trade
mission to the Middle East today to advance the province's trade and
investment relationships and highlight the excellence of Ontario's companies.
    Sandra Pupatello, Minister of International Trade and Investment, will
lead a delegation of approximately 20 Ontario companies exhibiting at the
prestigious Cityscape Dubai 2008 Exhibition
(http://www.cityscape.ae/index.html) on October 8. Cityscape Dubai 2008 is the
largest business-to-business real estate investment and development event in
the world.
    Minister Pupatello will also celebrate the opening of the world's largest
Second Cup café located in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Second Cup, a Canadian
success story, opened its first store in Ontario in 1975.
    While in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia, Minister
Pupatello will meet with key dignitaries and business leaders.


    "Increasingly, investors in the Gulf region are looking to Ontario as a
place to invest. The McGuinty government thinks they are making an excellent
choice. As Canada's largest province, we are the nation's heartland for
research, innovation and new technologies", said Sandra Pupatello
(http://www.ontariocanada.com/ontcan/en/about_bio_minister_en.jsp), Minister
of International Trade and Investment
    "We're proud that the remarkable economic and social development of the
United Arab Emirates in recent decades includes many contributions from
Canadians", said Pupatello.


    -   The Canadian Business Council (http://www.cbc-dubai.com/) fosters
        networking between Canadian and other business people in the
        Middle East and builds awareness amongst the regions' business
        community of the contribution that Canadians and Canadian goods,
        services and technologies have made in the region.

    -   In 2007, Ontario accounted for 25 per cent of Canada's domestic
        exports to the Middle East.

    -   Ontario supplies value-added manufactured products and technologies
        to the UAE.

    -   Products and technologies imported to the Middle East from Ontario
        include aerospace, automotive, computer, telecom and construction


    -   Ontario offers great investment opportunities. Find out more about
        investing in Ontario

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For further information:

For further information: Leigh-Ann Popek, Minister's Office, (416)
325-0362; Eleanor Hendrickson, Communications Branch, (416) 326-8465

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