Official Launch of TechnoMontréal - Montréal International and its partners mobilize for the development of Greater Montréal's information and Communications Technology Cluster



    MONTREAL, April 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Montréal International today officially
launched the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Cluster of
Greater Montréal (TechnoMontréal), which is intended to mobilize the industry
around joint action to accelerate its development and increase its
competitiveness.
    "This is a big moment, both for the Cluster and for its partners,
including Montréal International," said Jean-Jacques Bourgeault, Deputy
Chairman of the Board of Montréal International. "TechnoMontréal will help
strengthen the position of Greater Montréal among world leaders in the field
of Information and Communications Technology."
    To do this, the ICT Cluster will develop initiatives to encourage
networking among stakeholders in the sector and to create partnerships with
scientific and university milieus, and sectoral associations. TechnoMontréal
will also put in place strategies to further promote the industry and its
successes.
    "Montréal International will continue to work actively with
TechnoMontréal and the other high-tech clusters. This will help increase the
appeal of our advanced sectors and promote them worldwide. This productive
complementarity of players in development is what characterizes the most
prosperous urban areas and is a source of their strength," Bourgeault said.
    TechnoMontréal's activities will be centred on the region's priorities in
economic development and will embrace the objectives of An Innovative,
Prosperous Québec, a provincial strategy that is a major step toward
increasing support for research and innovation, two drivers of the knowledge
economy.
    "No doubt the efforts of the Cluster, as well as those of our partners,
will provide it recognition as a symbol of excellence, know-how, innovation
and creativity, both locally and internationally," Bourgeault said.
    The official launch of the ICT Cluster follows the April 2002 launch of
Montréal InVivo, Metro Montréal's Life Sciences Cluster, which has also
benefited from the support of Montréal International.

    About Montréal International

    Montréal International was created in 1996 as a result of a
private/public partnership. Its mission is to contribute to the economic
development of Metropolitan Montréal and to enhance its international status.
Montréal International is financed by the private sector, the Montréal
Metropolitan Community, the City of Montréal, and the governments of Canada
and Québec. Its mandates include attracting foreign investment, international
organizations and strategic workers, and supporting the development of
competitive clusters in the life sciences, information and communications
technologies, and aerospace sectors.




For further information:

For further information: Céline Clément, Communications Advisor,
Montréal International, (514) 987-9390, Cell: (514) 892-4030,
celine.clement@montrealinternational.com


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