On the inauguration of new offices - UNESCO Institute for Statistics celebrates its expansion in Montréal

    MONTREAL, Nov. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - In collaboration with Montréal
International (MI), the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) today officially
inaugurated its new annex, located on the Université de Montréal campus. This
international organization, specialized in the field of statistics, has had a
major expansion since setting up in the Montréal area in 2001, increasing from
an initial staff of 9 employees to 97 today.
    The event, which attracted numerous guests from the field of statistics,
the business community and international organizations, took place in the
presence of the honourable senator Pierre-Claude Nolin, Richard Deschamps,
associate councillor for economic and sustainable development, City of
Montréal, and Hélène Latouche, Assistant Deputy Minister for Analysis and
Policies, Ministère des Relations internationales du Québec.
    "This ceremony marks the culmination of an important project, one that
showcases the UIS's exceptional growth in Montréal. By having more space, the
UIS will be able to capitalize on its momentum and accomplish its mandate with
all the capacity desired by member nations of UNESCO," said Hendrick van der
Pol, Director of the UIS. "This expansion would not have been possible without
the impetus, financial support and concerted effort of numerous partners,
including Montréal International, Canada Economic Development, Québec's
Ministère des Relations internationales and the City of Montréal," added Mr.
van der Pol.
    For his part, the Acting President and CEO of Montréal International,
André Gamache, stressed that the UIS expansion would significantly contribute
to strengthening the city's international renown and prestige. "We are
particularly proud of having been associated with the installation and growth
of the UIS in Montréal and for having given it our support. We take pleasure
in the success this major international organization has achieved in our
region and its numerous spin-offs. Through its presence and outreach on our
territory, the UIS not only confirms the place of Greater Montréal in the
world statistical research network, but also strengthens it considerably. "
    The UIS decided to set up in Montréal following a rigorous selection
process in which the metropolis of Québec was in competition with three other
cities, namely Birmingham (Great Britain), The Hague (Netherlands) and Paris
    Currently, there are some 65 international organizations on the Greater
Montréal territory. According to a SECOR study, the direct spin-offs from
international organizations in Montréal stands at $300 million per year. It is
also estimated to account for over 4,000 jobs, including 1,650 direct jobs.
    The Institute's new offices are located at 3333 Queen Mary Road, only one
block away from its head office at 5255 Decelles Avenue.

    About the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (www.uis.unesco.org)

    The UNESCO Institute for Statistics is a branch of the United Nations
Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO). It was established
in 1999, within the United Nations, to compile statistics in the fields of
education, science and technology, culture and communication. The UIS
represents the hub of an international network of experts and institutions
using statistics relating to UNESCO fields of expertise.

    About Montréal International (www.montrealinternational.com)

    Montréal International was created in 1996 as a result of a
private/public partnership. Its mission is to contribute to the economic
development of Greater Montréal and to enhance its international status. Its
mandates include attracting foreign investment, international organizations
and strategic workers, and supporting the development of innovation and
high-technology clusters in the region. Montréal International is financed by
the private sector, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, the City of
Montréal and the governments of Canada and Québec.
    Since 2000, Montréal International has been involved in 379 direct
foreign investment projects totalling $5.6 billion. From these investments,
28,186 jobs have been created and 5,459 jobs have been maintained.

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For further information:

For further information: Céline Clément, Communications Advisor,
Montréal International, (514) 987-9390, Cell: (514) 892-4030,

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