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Newsletter July 2010


Foreign Diplomats, Synergassia, and Central Greece


More than 20 economic and commercial attaches of foreign embassies in Greece participated in a three-day mission to Central Greece to learn of investment and business opportunities in this highly promising region.

A key component of Invest in Greece’s efforts to highlight investment opportunities throughout the country is its Synergassia Programme, in which economic and commercial attaches of foreign embassies in Greece visit Greece’s many regions and learn first hand how they might connect investors from their home countries with projects or businesspeople in Greece.

From June 30 to July 3, 22 diplomats visited Sterea Ellada (Central Greece), and were presented with investment opportunities, held one-on-one meetings, and made on-site visits to local business.

On Wednesday June 30, the General Secretary of the Region of Sterea Ellada, Mrs. Katerina Diamandopoulou, hosted an official dinner in honour of the attaches. Present were the General Secretary of Industry, Mr. A. Fourlas;the President of Invest in Greece, Mrs. Paraskevi Boufounou; and the Chief Executive Officer of Invest in Greece, Mr. Christos Alexakis. The speakers analysed the region’s investment and business opportunities in the sectors of Foods and Drinks, RES, Tourism and industrial production.

On July 1, during the mission’s one-day seminar, General Secretary Fourlas delivered a welcome address on behalf of Mrs. Louka Katseli, Minister of Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping, thanking the diplomats for their active participation in attracting investment to Greece. Addresses were also made by Mr. Y. Kanelopoulos, Secretary General, Ministry of Rural Development and Food; Dr. Y. Aggeridis, Manager of Energy Efficiency of the Center for Renewable Energy Sources (CRES); Mr. L. Mitropoulos, representative of the Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO); Mr. L. Karantzalis, President of the Development company of Viotia; Mr. K. Tsililis, Member of the BoD of the Association of Wine Producers; and the Presidents of the Chambers of Commerce of Fthiotida, Viotia and Evrytania, Mss. A. Diamantaras, P. Agniadis, and C. Arvanitis.

Following the seminar, participants made on-site visits to local companies. The diplomats visited the “Hatzimichalis Estate” in Atalanti a unique vineyard sitting on 2,200 acres; Aluminium of Greece – Mytilineos Group; and SABO SA—a manufacturer of ceramics machinery and photovoltaic parks.

On July 2, approximately 40 businesspeople and the 22 diplomats held one-on-one meetings, at which they explored opportunities for cooperation between Greek companies and companies from countries represented. The promotion of specific business proposals in Greece was also part of the presentation. The meetings are expected to produce positive results in the short-and medium-term.  Participants expressed their satisfaction with the mission that, they said, results in win-win partnerships.

The Embassies represented on this mission were the following:
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Georgia, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Taiwan, Tunisia.