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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder released a joint statement today following their meeting in Detroit:
"Even in a period of rapid economic change and uncertainty over the future of our trade, Ontario and Michigan continue to share a productive partnership. Today, we signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will see Ontario and Michigan work together to create more jobs and economic growth, foster a more competitive business climate, promote and encourage co-operation in tourism, and protect our shared resources for future generations.
The deep integration of our economies is vital to the success of our workers and businesses. We are each other's largest trading partners and share the busiest Canada-U.S. border crossing. In 2017, two-way trade between Ontario and Michigan totalled US$65 billion (CAD$84 billion). Much of our trade depends on our closely integrated auto supply chains — together, Ontario and Michigan account for almost a quarter of North American vehicle production.
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Ontario and Michigan have always worked closely to encourage innovation and enhance competitiveness in the auto sector, most notably through two previous MOUs. Our collaboration has already resulted in North America's first national, cross-border automated vehicle test drive through Southern Ontario and Michigan. Despite uncertainty at the national level, states and provinces like Ontario and Michigan continue to protect and deepen our productive, job-creating partnership.
The MOU we are signing today further strengthens our already robust trade and investment relationship and encourages new opportunities for collaboration and growth. It supports enhanced bilateral trade, will help us cooperate more in attracting tourism, promotes the Mid-Continent Trade and Transportation Corridor, and strengthens coordinated activities around the protection and restoration of our shared Great Lakes.
Ontario and Michigan build great things together — from cutting-edge vehicles to sustainable environmental strategies. We know that ongoing regular cooperation to promote trade, economic development and environmental protection is the path to an even better tomorrow. We will not be deterred by protectionists because we know that when we work together, we can achieve our shared goal of creating good opportunities for workers and businesses on both sides of the border."
#MélanieJoly, #Canada, #China, #CanadianMusicPublishersAssociation
Ottawa, Apr 12 (Canadian-Media): During a trade mission in China this week, Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly, accompanied by a delegation of Canadian creative industry companies and organizations, was given assurance by dozens of Canadian cultural organizations in China on protection of intellectual property if they entered the Chinese market, media reports said.
Canadian companies had been concerned about the lack of transparency in China's regulatory system and how it protects intellectual property rights.
These concerns were addressed on Tuesday by her Chinese counterpart during a trade mission in support of Canadian films, television productions, music and books.
China was reportedly more open to foreign investment, specifically in the video game and performing arts sectors
"In our sector in Canada, we welcome some key opportunities, but our focus is really on export," Joly said in an interview from Beijing.
"So we are really working hard on making sure that we can actually have good business opportunities for our sector in China."
Joly had visited China for the second time after many years and is expected to return from the week-long trip with $110 million worth of agreements, including several deals for children's books.
She was joined in her trip by a delegation of about 60 people representing organizations in the cultural sector, including national and provincial museums that formed a consortium to help build and provide content for new Chinese museums.
According to documents released under the federal transparency law, the government had a long list of interested companies that wanted to join Joly on the trip,
The final trip list, chosen by the delegates, were those based on the suitability of each company and its potential to draw benefits and yield concrete results.
About $125 million over five years had been planned by the Liberals to spend to boost cultural exports.
The details of the fund are not clear, and Joly said she would at some point over the coming months to reveal how the fund will work.
A study released by the Canadian Music Publishers Association ahead of Joly's trip found that two-thirds of music industry revenues come from foreign sources, which was a reversal from a decade earlier.
The report said China was a key emerging market "where problems with copyright protection are the main obstacle" to doing business.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)