Mayor Tremblay highlights the assets of Montréal in Shanghai



    MONTREAL, Nov. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of his seven-day economic mission
to China, Gérald Tremblay, Mayor of Montréal and President of the Communauté
métropolitaine de Montréal, traveled to Shanghai where he met with Chinese
officials to develop and strengthen relationship between the two cities. Also,
he took part in several activities to promote Montréal's many assets with
potential Chinese investors.
    "The many productive meetings that took place in Shanghai over the past
two days have helped to establish sound relationships with potential
investors. They have also paved the way for new partnerships and co-operation
agreements between Montréal and Chinese organizations. The twinning
relationship that we have enjoyed for more than 20 years with Shanghai has
strengthened our ties of friendship and business relationship," said Mayor
Tremblay.

    Summary of Day One

    On the first day of his mission, Mayor Tremblay and leaders of Aéroports
de Montréal, Montréal International and Tourisme Montréal attended an official
meeting with Shanghai Airlines executives. This productive meeting enabled
leaders to learn more about the company's development plans and provide
Chinese officials with information regarding the type of facilities available
in Montréal for it to become a future host city for a Chinese airline.
    Mayor Tremblay then visited the China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong
campus, where he signed, on behalf of the International Institute for the
Management of Major Metropolises, an agreement to provide training and
seminars to Chinese municipal leaders in the fields of metropolitan
governance, energy conservation, urban transport and environment protection.
This academy, which was created in 2005, has already reached more than
600 mayors around the world through its training programs.
    The Mayor of Montréal took part in a conference lunch attended by more
than 100 business people and dignitaries from Shanghai and the neighbouring
provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejian, during which he gave a lecture with
"partnership with Montréal" as a theme. The lecture emphasized the leadership
role of Montréal and its power of attraction on business leaders and potential
investors. "We are currently working to shape the Montréal of tomorrow, as set
out in the Montréal 2025 plan. We sincerely hope that a number of Chinese
businesses will become partners and share our success by taking part in the
many major development projects to be implemented over the next few years, or
take advantage of the competitive edge, know-how, creativity and innovative
spirit that have earned Montréal its international reputation," said Mayor
Tremblay.
    More than a canvassing effort, the event was an opportunity for Montréal
International to introduce its new Chinese Web site to the Chinese press. With
this new site, Chinese investors will learn more about the assets of Montréal
and the business opportunities available.
    Throughout the day, members of the delegation representing the life
sciences cluster took part in a round-table meeting attended by more than 40
of their Chinese counterparts. Discussions evolved around potential
partnerships.
    The Mayor of Montréal later met with officials of the Shanghai Science
and Technology Commission, one of the largest departments of that city, to
discuss the importance of R&D in Montréal and support actions by the Québec
ministère du Développement économique, de l'innovation et de l'Exportation and
organizations working in that field also part of the Montréal delegation. They
include Génome Québec, university hospital centres, Montréal InVivo and the
Metropolitan Montréal life sciences cluster. The commission showed interest in
continuing and even increasing exchange with Montréal in the fields of science
and technology.

    Summary of Day Two

    On the second day, Mr. Tremblay and members of the Montréal delegation
met with officials of the Zhangjiang (Pudong) High-Technology Park to learn
more about the vitality of the Chinese economy and potential co-operation.
Mayor Tremblay later visited the Chinese National Human Genome Center, where
he promoted Montréal as a centre for research in the field of genomics, and
pledged his support to members of the delegation, including Génome Québec, the
Montréal InVivo cluster, Saint-Laurent Technopark, Ville-Marie Technopole,
Montréal and McGill universities, as well as Montréal university hospital
centres, to help them establish partnerships with their Chinese counterparts.
    Mayor Tremblay later met with the Mayor of Shanghai, Mr. Han Zheng, who
handed him the Public's Award given to the Ville de Montréal for its
horticultural art at the Shanghai International Mosaiculture 2006. The Mayor
of Shanghai said that he was pleased with the 20 years of friendship that have
existed between Montréal and Shanghai. Mayor Tremblay then visited the future
site of the Shanghai 2010 World Expo, met with representatives of the Expo
Bureau and discussed potential partnerships.
    Mr. Tremblay later visited, along with the President and Chief Country
Representative of Bombardier Transportation and Bombardier Aerospace for
China, Mr. Jianwei Zhang, the Shanghai subway, whose cars were designed and
built by a Canadian company with more than 50 years of positive business
experience with China.

    The Mayor of Montréal is heading an economic mission in China,
accompanied by a delegation of more than 30 business leaders and Montréal
organizations. The mission's goal is to promote Montréal with potential
investors in Shanghai and Chengdu, and help businesses and member
organizations part of the delegation to establish partnerships in China. A
number of official visits and meetings are scheduled in those two cities to
highlight Montréal's competitiveness on the international scene as well as
help Montréal International find funding opportunities. Throughout the
mission, members of the Montréal delegation met individually with their
Chinese counterparts to strengthen ties, establish partnerships as well as
cooperation agreements.




For further information:

For further information: François Goneau, Relations avec les médias,
(514) 868-5859; Source: Renée Sauriol, Attachée de presse du maire, (514)
872-4894

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