Monique Gagnon-Tremblay inaugurates the head office of the International Design Alliance

Québec, May 30, 2005 - The Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, officiated at the grand opening of the head office of the International Design Alliance (IDA), located in Place Riopelle in the heart of Montréal's international district.

Ms Gagnon-Tremblay expressed her delight that this prestigious organization had chosen the metropolis as its headquarters. “This decision confirms Montréal, along with Washington and New York City, as a world-class centre in North America for the establishment of a growing number of international organizations and events.”

Under its policy of recognition of international organizations, the Québec government awarded the IDA a subsidy of $600 000 to assist it in setting up and maintaining its head office in Montréal for the next 10 years.

Brussels, Copenhagen, Turin, Hong Kong and Nagoya were also short-listed as host cities for IDA headquarters, but the final nod went to Montréal. The International Design Alliance was born of the merger of two major associations, the International Council of Societies of International Design, based in Germany, and the International Council of Graphic Design Associations, established in Brussels since 1967.

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