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Newsletter May 2010


American-Hellenic Enterprise Initiative—Vision 2020

On April 15, 2010, the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, as lead partner, officially announced the formation of the American-Hellenic Enterprise Initiative Vision 2020 (AHEI).

US Ambassador Daniel Speckhard, Minister of Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping, Louka Katseli and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Spyros Kouvelis addressed the launch event.

Following the meeting between Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou and U.S. President Barack Obama in March, the American-Hellenic Enterprise Initiative was announced with the intent to stimulate, propel and incentivise Greece-U.S. commercial and investment relations.

Invest in Greece is a Founding Member of the Initiative.

The mission of the American-Hellenic Enterprise Initiative (AHEI) is to develop and implement Greece-U.S. actions that further bi-national trade, investment, technology transfer, green energy solutions, R&D, and entrepreneurship through the combined efforts of AHEI Partners. AHEI focuses on the challenges of the 21st Century and is an initiative to respond to those challenges with solutions derived from Greece-USA synergies.

A key component of AHEI is to tap into the power of the young generation of Greeks, Greek Americans, and Americans to generate new trans-Atlantic partnerships and new administrative models and tools.

Combining forces with a variety of Greece-based and U.S.-based partners is seen as deriving multiple benefits of synergies, benefiting from economies of scale, creating wider and more effective networks, and being more effective as a single, powerful voice to effect change. In addition, the initiative is designed to coordinate Greek efforts and events in the United States, those of both the public and private sector, in order to achieve optimal results through crucially important cooperation.

The American-Hellenic Enterprise Initiative 2020 is under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, as well as in cooperation with the US Embassy in Athens.


•       Ministry of Foreign Affairs
•       Athens Chamber of Commerce & Industry
•       Hellenic Foreign Trade Board
•       Panhellenic Exporters Association
•       Export Credit Insurance Organization
•       Exporters’ Association of Crete
•       Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises
•       Greek National Tourism Organization
•       Invest in Greece
•       Association of Thessalian Enterprises and Industries
•       Federation of Industries of Northern Greece
•       Federation of Industries of Thessaly and Central Greece
•       Franchise Association of Greece
•       National Confederation of Greek Trade
•       Hellenic American Union
•       Hellenic American University
•       Fulbright Foundation
•       Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and Industry
•       Chamber of Larissa
•       Chamber of Magnesia
•       Chamber of Kavala
•       Chamber of Rethymno
•       Evia Chamber
•       Chamber of Lassithi
•       Piraeus Chamber of Commerce & Industry
•       Messinian Chamber
•       Chamber of Lakonia
•       Chamber of Corfu
•       Chamber of Pieria
•       Argolida Chamber
•       Chamber of Fthiotida
•       Chamber of Kastoria
•       Chamber of Ahaia
•       Cyclades Chamber
•       Heraklion Chamber
•       Chania Chamber
•       Chalkidiki Chamber