Mayor Tremblay promotes Montréal in Asia


    Focus on economic, sustainable development and local expertise

    MONTREAL, Oct. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The Mayor of Montréal, Gérald Tremblay,
will travel to Asia from October 19th to November 6th. He will start his
mission with an official visit to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. He will then
travel to Shanghai and Chengdu, China, where he will lead an economic mission
to promote Montréal as a city of creativity and innovation that welcomes
Chinese investors and to support Montréal businesses and organizations wishing
to maintain or initiate partnerships with China.
    "China will soon become Québec's second largest partner after the
United States. It is a growing market and Montréal is determined to take
advantage of a wealth of business opportunities. Globalization requires that
we compete on the international scene and promote our assets. This Asian
mission is an opportunity for Montréal to highlight its international
leadership in the fields of life sciences and information technologies, to
attract foreign investors and promote exchange," said Mayor Tremblay.

    Official visit of the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi

    During his visit to the fast-growing city of Hanoi from October 20th to
the 23rd, Mayor Tremblay will visit the Department of Natural Resources and
Environment, Land and Housing and witness one of the projects developed as
part of a Montréal-Hanoi cooperation effort. The Land Information System is a
land data base and urban management geomatics system that was developed
between 1997 and 2004 using the city of Montréal's expertise. This project was
developed to significantly improve urban planning and building permit control
and issuance. Mayor Tremblay will meet with Mr. Nguyen The Thao, Chairman of
the Hanoi People's Committee, to discuss continued exchanges between the two
cities.

    Annual meetings of the Association internationale des maires
    francophones (AIMF)

    Mayor Tremblay will take part in the 27th General Assembly of the
Association internationale des maires francophones (AIMF) (International
Association of Francophone Mayors, in the city of Hue, Vietnam from
October 24th to the 26th. He will preside over a seminar with the theme of
"sound local governance and international funding" As the Vice-Chairman of the
association, Mr. Tremblay will take part in executive discussions as well as
the plenary sessions of the General Assembly where the mayors will determine
the main orientation of the AIMF for 2007 and following years. Montréal
expertise will be highlighted at the seminar focusing on cities, heritage and
local development. During this conference, Mayor Tremblay will meet with the
Mayor of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Pierre-Yves Jason to sign an action plan
involving the two cities. This agreement comes after a visit by a Haitian
delegation to Montréal in April 2007.
    The AIMF is made up of 166 mayors representing 46 French-speaking
countries. Its mission is to promote city governance through
experience-sharing as well as funding projects that call for the mobilization
of its network of experts. The next annual General Assembly will be held in
the city of Québec, in October 2008.

    World Congress of United Cities and Local Governments

    The 11th World Congress of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
will be held in Jeju, South Korea, from October 28th to the 31st. Discussion
will focus on cities that change and transform the world. The UCLG is made up
of more than 1,000 member cities in 95 countries. Mayor Tremblay will be
confirmed again in his position as Vice-Chairman of the World Council and
Chairman of the North American Chapter of the UCLG. In addition to his
participation in the executive meetings, Gérald Tremblay will give a lecture,
as a panel member, on the topic of "cities, the future of humanity: climate
change". Mayor Tremblay will submit the activities report on behalf of the
mayors who took part in the 1st International Meeting on Cities and Diversity,
held in Curitiba, Brazil, in March 2007. Gérald Tremblay will seize this
opportunity to raise awareness and seek mobilization of city residents as well
as local and national authorities to preserve biodiversity.

    Economic mission to China

    To end the first part of his mission, Mayor Tremblay will travel to
Shanghai and Chengdu, China from October 31st to November 6th. He will be
accompanied by a delegation of approximately 30 Montréal business and
organization leaders involved in fields such as life sciences, aerospace,
information and communication technologies and university research. Also part
of the delegation will be representatives of Tourisme Montréal, Montréal
International, Alliance numériQC and Aéroports de Montréal. Mayor Tremblay's
economic mission will focus on the strengths of Montréal and its attraction
for potential investors as well as on the support of businesses and
organizations members of the delegation wishing to develop partnerships with
China. A number of official visits and meetings with investors are scheduled
in these two cities. This will help decision-makers involved in the private
sector in their continuous and sustained efforts to attract new investors.
Mayor Tremblay's visit to China is part of a twinning program with Montréal,
which was created in 1985. When the two mayors met in Montréal in 2005 they
both agreed to meet on a more regular basis.



For further information: François Goneau, Relations avec les médias,
(514) 872-5859; Source: Renée Sauriol, Attachée de presse du maire, (514)
872-4894