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Montreal mayor wants stronger ties

THE Mayor of Montreal, Canada's second-largest city, believes that attending World Expo 2010 Shanghai is important to showcase his city and expand business with China.

Mayor Gerald Tremblay said that Montreal will be the only North American city, other than Vancouver, to have a site called "E-space Montreal" at the six-month event.

E-space Montreal, located in the Urban Best Practices Area, will display a miniature of the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex, a park emerging through landfill from an abandoned quarry.

Tremblay said he will lead a delegation to attend the inauguration of E-space Montreal and join the Montreal Day celebrations slated for May 14.

He welcomed the event's invitation to cities.

"City hall has decided that it is very important to be in Shanghai for the event, but most of all to show what we can do as a community to unite with the Chinese community working on sustainable development," he said.

Montreal will highlight aspects of the Saint-Michel project that help to conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Improve lives

"So I think what we showcase in Shanghai is the technology that is instrumental in helping us improve our lives."

As this year is the 25th anniversary of the sister city partnership between Montreal and Shanghai, World Expo 2010 Shanghai has designated May 14 as Montreal Day to mark the friendship and close ties.

Tremblay said the two sides will mark the occasion with a variety of activities at Expo, with Montreal's on-site events featuring circus, street performance, music and modern art.

Meanwhile, the two mayors would also sign a cooperation agreement aimed at encouraging and supporting bilateral exchanges and developing major projects.

"We are well prepared. We have been preparing for the past four years, so everything is ready on the site," he said.

Tremblay will lead an economic, institutional and cultural mission to Hong Kong, Shanghai and Guangzhou in May to attract Chinese tourists, enhance trade with China and seek Chinese investment in Montreal.

"We hope that we are able to continue to consolidate our relationship and build joint ventures to make sure that we can do business in China like other countries," Tremblay said.

He also said that the most important thing is to open the North American market so that joint ventures could establish their headquarters in Montreal.

He said many big Montreal companies are expanding their businesses and investment in Shanghai and other parts of China but "they want to do more."


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