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                       TRADE, DEVELOPMENT AND SECURITY
                               THURSDAY JUNE 21
    

    MONTREAL, June 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The sessions of the 13th International
Economic Forum of the Americas/Conference of Montreal continue for the fourth
day.

    
    PRESS CONFERENCE

    11H00 a.m :  Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Secretary-General, North Atlantic
                 Treaty Organisation (NATO)
                 Press conference
                 Press Room/Salon Fundy

    Guests also include:

    - José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General, Organization of American States
      (OAS)
    - The Hon. Jeffrey M. Jones, Vice Minister of Agribusiness Development,
      Ministry of Agriculture, Stockbreeding, Rural Development, Fisheries
      and Food Supply, Mexico
    - José Natividad Gonzalez Paras, Governor of the State of Nuevo Lesn,
      Mexico
    - Ransford Smith, Deputy Secretary-General, Commonwealth Secretariat
    - The Hon Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu, Minister of Finance & Economic Planning,
      Ghana
    - Dr. Compton Bourne, President, Caribbean Development Bank
    - The Right Hon. Joe Clark, Former Prime Minister of Canada; Professor,
      McGill Centre for Developing-Area Studies (CDAS)
    - The Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, Canadian Manufacturers &
      Exporters
    - Bernard Landry, Former Premier of Québec, Professor, UQAM, and
      Associate Professor, John Molson School of Business, Concordia
      University
    - Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and
      Minister responsible for la Francophonie, Government of Québec
    - Hélène Desmarais, Chairman and CEO, Centre d'entreprises et
      d'innovation de Montréal, President of the Strategic Council,
      International Economic Forum of the Americas

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                              SUMMARY OF AGENDA
                           THURSDAY, June 21, 2007
                       TRADE, DEVELOPMENT AND SECURITY
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    9:00   PLENARY SESSION
           Governance and Development: Correlating the Interests of the
           Public and Private Sectors

           - Ransford Smith, Deputy Secretary-General, Commonwealth
             Secretariat
           - The Hon Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu, Minister of Finance & Economic
             Planning, Ghana
           - Dr. William Kalema, Chairman, Development Finance Company of
             Uganda (DFCU) Group
           - Dr. Compton Bourne, President, Caribbean Development Bank
           - Robert Greenhill, President, Canadian International Development
             Agency (CIDA).

    10:15  FORUM 1
           Development and Civil Society: Driving Democracy, Enhancing
           Security; What About Civil Society ?

           - Diane Vincent, Executive Vice-President, Canadian International
             Development Agency, (CIDA)
           - Abbé Malumalu, President, Independent Electoral Commission,
             Democratic Republic of the Congo
           - Howard Wolpe, Director, Africa Programme, Woodrow Wilson
             International Center for Scholars
           - Michel Chaurette, Executive Director, Canadian Center for
             International Studies and Cooperation (CECI)
           - The Right Hon. Joe Clark, Former Prime Minister of Canada;
             Professor, McGill Centre for Developing-Area Studies (CDAS)

    10:15  FORUM 2
           Doing Business with Nuevo Lesn, Mexico

           - The Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, Canadian
             Manufacturers & Exporters
           - José Natividad Gonzalez Paras, Governor of the State of Nuevo
             Lesn, Mexico
           - Ing. Alejandro Paez Aragsn, Secretary for Economic Development,
             State of Nuevo Lesn, Mexico
           - Antonio Zarate Negsn, CEO and President, Monterrey City of
             Knowledge
           - Hernan Gonzalez Farmas, Director of Promotion and International
             Vinculation, Universal Forum of Cultures 2007
           - Ralph Cuervo-Lorens, Partner and Co-Head, Mexico Initiative,
             Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP.

    10:15  FORUM 3
           Free-Trade Policies in the Americas

           - Isabelle Dostaler, Associate Professor, John Molson School of
             Business, Concordia University
           - Bernard Landry, Former Premier of Québec, Professor, UQAM, and
             Associate Professor, John Molson School of Business, Concordia
             University
           - Barry Featherman, President and CEO, Inter-American Economic
             Council
           - Daniel Parfait, Director for the Americas and the Caribbean,
             Quai d'Orsay, France
           - H.E. Rodolfo Nin Novoa, Senate President, Vice President, E.
             Republic of Uruguay
           - Carlo Dade, Executive Director, Canadian Foundation for the
             Americas (FOCAL).

    12:00  LUNCHEON
           International Trade and the Challenge of Security: How to Succeed
           Through Uncertainty

           - José Natividad Gonzàlez Paras, Governor of the State of Nuevo
             Lesn, Mexico
           - Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and
             Minister responsible for la Francophonie, Government of Québec
           - Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Secretary-General, North Atlantic Treaty
             Organisation (NATO)
           - Hélène Desmarais, Chairman and CEO, Centre d'entreprises et
             d'innovation de Montréal, President of the Strategic Council,
             International Economic Forum of the Americas
           - Gil Rémillard, Founding Chairman and President, International
             Economic Forum of the Americas / Conference of Montreal.
    

    Other speakers and experts may also take part in the Conference
proceedings, though their names may not necessarily figure in this summary of
the day's agenda. The complete final program for the 13th edition of the
Conference of Montréal is available on site at the Hilton Bonaventure Hotel,
and can also be accessed on the Conference website at
www.conferenceofmontreal.com
    All the Forum's sessions are open to journalists, and a press room will
be made available to members of the press. The media may arrange interviews on
site or attend the press scrums that generally follow sessions to which
speakers have contributed. Depending on the Conference timetable, scheduling
of press conferences may vary somewhat. You can obtain information on press
conferences or request individual interviews by contacting Richard Vigneault
in the Forum Press Room (Salon Fundy) by phone at (514) 878-2931 or at
(514) 497-1385 (mobile).
    Conference of Montreal press releases are also available over the
CNW/Telbec press wire. A summary of the agenda for each day of the Conference
is issued about 24 hours in advance, but is subject to change. To attend the
13th Conference of Montréal, reporters and media personnel are required to
obtain prior accreditation. To do so, they are asked to contact Richard
Vigneault, who will provide full details on the Conference program and
interview opportunities.

    The International Economic Forum of the Americas/Conference of Montréal

    A non-profit organization, the Economic Forum of the Americas /
Conference of Montréal is an initiative of the Institut d'Etudes
administratives de Montréal. The Conference's Board of Governors is chaired by
Paul Desmarais Jr., Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Power
Corporation of Canada.
    The 13th edition of the International Economic Forum of the Americas /
Conference of Montréal enjoys support from two principal partners: Power
Corporation of Canada and the Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon. A number of
sponsors have contributed to the Forum's success, including the Autorité des
marchés financiers (AMF), the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL), RBC Capital
Markets, Alcan, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Bell, Hydro-Québec,
EDC Export Development Canada, BDC Business Development Bank of Canada, VIA
Rail Canada, Fraser Milner Casgrain (FMC) L.L.P., Air France, Investissement
Québec (IQ), SNC-Lavalin, Bombardier, HEC Montréal, Institut québécois des
Hautes études internationales (HEI), La Presse, The Gazette, Le Monde and CNW
Telbec.
    The Forum receives special assistance from the Government of Canada and
several federal agencies, such as the Canadian International Development
Agency (CIDA), Agriculture and Agri-food Canada (AAFC), International
Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada Economic Development for Quebec
Regions, and Industry Canada (IC). The event also receives active support from
the Government of Québec, including the Ministère des Affaires municipales et
des Régions, the Ministère des Relations internationales, and the Ministère du
Développement économique, de l'Innovation et de l'Exportation.
    Lastly, a number of international partners have also helped to make the
event a reality. These include the Asian Development Bank, the European
Central Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the African
Development Bank Group, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and
Development (OECD), the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Organisation
Internationale de la Francophonie, and the Commonwealth Secretariat.




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Conference Press Room: (514) 878-2931, Portable: (514) 497-1385 or (514)
487-0217, www.conferenceofmontreal.com

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