The information and communications technology cluster of Greater Montréal applauds the Government of Québec's buy local policy



    MONTREAL, Nov. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The Information and Communications
Technology Cluster (ICT) of Greater Montréal, TechnoMontréal, welcomes the
Government of Québec's action plan aimed at supporting the province's
manufacturing industry.
    Announced recently by the Premier of Québec, Mr. Jean Charest, this
action plan will help to bolster several Québec and Greater Montréal
industries and particularly the Information and Communications Technology
sector, both now and in the future. "We applaud this initiative as well as the
Government's new purchasing policy which will significantly promote
productivity in our industry", declared Mr. Michel Guay, Chairman of
TechnoMontréal's Board of Directors.
    "Members of the Government of Québec, particularly the Minister for
Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, Minister of Tourism and
Minister responsible for the Montréal region, Mr. Raymond Bachand, play a
strategic role in our cluster's development," added Mr. Guay. "Government
representatives can count on our complete cooperation in the pursuit of the
objectives of their action plan which is aimed at fostering expertise,
investment, labour force training and exports", declared Mr. Pierre Root,
TechnoMontréal's Director General.
    The Minister of Finance, Minister of Government Services, Minister
responsible for Government Administration and Chair of the Conseil du trésor,
Ms. Monique Jérôme-Forget, who will be responsible for operationalizing the
new policy, in conjunction with the Direction générale des acquisitions
(Office of Procurement), will also be able to count on TechnoMontréal's
support.
    The Minister of Justice, Mr. Jacques Dupuis, will have the equally
important responsibility to ensure the fulfillment of commercial agreements
among various provincial Governments. "We are convinced that Ministers
Bachand, Dupuis and Jérôme-Forget will see to the best possible application of
this new procurement policy," added Mr. Root.
    "Ever since the 2001 technology bubble, the ICT sector has been severely
tested. It has had to deal with many challenges. In collaboration with
associations and all three levels of Government, TechnoMontréal's role is
precisely to identify these challenges and find ways of implementing
solutions," declared Mr. Guay. "Given the current environment, we can only
applaud the Government's support," he added.

    The ICT cluster of Greater Montréal (www.technomontreal.com)

    The Information and Communications Technology cluster of Greater Montréal
represents 5,000 companies and nearly 120,000 jobs. It contributes to the
region's prosperity with exports that reached $5 billion in 2005.

    About TechnoMontréal

    TechnoMontréal's mission is to contribute to the economic development of
the ICT sector of Greater Montréal and to increase its international status.
It is part of the industrial cluster initiative put forward by the three
levels of Government, under the leadership of the private sector.




For further information:

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


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