India trade mission needs clearly defined targets for results: Fox

CHARLOTTETOWN – An upcoming trade mission to India by Premier Wade MacLauchlan should have clearly defined targets to measure its success, says Opposition Leader Jamie Fox.

“The province's last trade mission to India announced that an Indian IT company, mPhasiS, would create 300 jobs on the Island. Four years later another trade mission nears and we are still waiting for those jobs to materialize. Hopefully this trade mission will have a greater emphasis on results in the form of actual jobs for Islanders rather than an emphasis on photo ops,"said Fox.

Of interest to Fox was that there is no representation on the trade mission from Island companies in the aerospace, bioscience, food and tourism sectors. Fox also noted that the Ontario government has been planning this trade mission for months yet has contained no mention of Prince Edward Island's participation in its public statements on the trade mission, suggesting a junior partner role at best rather than a joint mission. The Ontario mission begins on January 27 and runs through until February 6.

“Trade missions are expensive so it's great that we are hitching a ride with the Ontario government on their trip to hopefully trim costs. I would have liked to have seen a broader representation of Island businesses from the aerospace, bioscience, food and tourism sectors that could realize the full benefit of the trade mission. Which is all the more reason why we should have some clearly defined benchmarks for success,"said Fox.

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