Positive results for Mayor Tremblay's mission to China

    MONTREAL, Nov. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Mr. Gérald Tremblay, Mayor of Montréal
and President of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal is pleased with the
results of his economic mission to China and the meetings he attended with
members of the Montréal delegation, potential investors and dignitaries from
Shanghai and Chengdu.
    "This economic mission gave us the opportunity to demonstrate Montréal's
competitiveness on the international scene and highlight the advantages of
investing in the Montréal metropolitan area with potential Chinese investors.
It also enabled us to establish partnerships and discuss cooperation
agreements with Chinese organizations. Our presence in China helped us to
build trust, which is key to any economic agreement with Asian countries,
where spin-offs of missions such as this one are usually measured in the
medium and long terms," said Mayor Tremblay.
    For the Mayor of Montréal and President of the Communauté métropolitaine
de Montréal, foreign economic missions carry several objectives. They are an
opportunity for Mayor Tremblay to promote his city, its assets, and highlight
the positive business climate, which includes the availability of talent and
knowledge, competitive clusters as well as tax incentives for research and
innovation. These missions contribute to Montréal's reputation, international
branding and underscore the city's advantage for potential investors.
    These missions also support the efforts of Montréal International in its
search for foreign investors and international organizations. They also give
businesses and member organizations belonging to the Montréal delegation
faster and targeted access to foreign decision-makers. Missions help to
support clusters, especially in the fields of life sciences and information
and communications technologies, in their efforts to create a rapprochement
with their international counterparts and establish or accelerate the
development of inter-cluster relations. They promote relations among
universities, researchers and scientists, both here and abroad.

    Results of the mission to Chengdu

    Chengdu is one of the four cities targeted by the Chinese government for
investment in the fields of multimedia and electronics. The Montréal firm
Unima is very satisfied with contacts already established and a contract with
a Dalian distributor. Two other potential distributors, two Web application
suppliers and four multimedia firms are interested in doing business with
Unima. Another member of the multimedia delegation, Bug Tracker, raised
interest from the Chinese video game industry for its expertise in video game
testing. Several partnerships are being developed with this firm.
    Last Saturday, Mayor Tremblay met with the Mayor of Chengdu, which is a
city of 10 million people with an annual growth rate of 14%. The city has
53 national technological parks, which have generated $1.4 billion in revenue
in 2006 in the field of biopharmaceutics which employs 10,000 workers. At the
end of the meeting attended by all the members of the delegation, the Mayor of
Chengdu expressed enthusiasm regarding future cooperation between businesses
and partners of the two cities.
    Roundtables were held on Monday leading to discussions with multimedia
industry and life sciences key players. Delegation members were given the
opportunity to share experiences with their counterparts and examine potential
cooperation efforts. Mayor Tremblay took an active part in all the roundtables
and delivered the keynote speech at a conference lunch on the subject of the
multimedia industry. Most of the members representing the life sciences
established a first contact and hope to take their relationship a step further
by sharing information and developing successful niches in partnership with
Chengdu representatives.
    Mayor Tremblay took part in several technical visits, where he met with
officials of the Chengdu Urban Community Development Office, discussed several
urban development projects already underway in Montréal and Chengdu.
    The Mayor of Montréal insisted on visiting the Chengdu high-technology
industrial development zone and meeting with authorities of the park, which is
home to several multinational companies involved in the fields of
microelectronics and information technology.
    The members of the delegation are very satisfied with the meetings that
were held in Shanghai and Chengdu, and underscored the importance of
developing markets and taking advantage of the Mayor's presence to meet with
high-profile officials. His presence gave the mission credibility and helped
speed up business opportunities, as is the case with Alliance numériQC.

For further information:

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

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