Newsletter View

Newsletter April 2011


Diplomats Visit Peloponnese

Invest in Greece’s Synergassia programme leads highly successful four-day mission.

As part of Invest in Greece’s Synergassia programme, diplomats from embassies in Athens participated in a four-day mission to Greece’s Peloponnese region to learn about investment opportunities, examine potential trade partnerships, and discuss commercial relations between their home countries and Greece.

The highly demanding agenda of the Synergassia business mission, from March 16-20, 2011, included commercial and industrial site visits, more than 1,300 individual meetings with more than 100 business representatives, local product tastings, and visits to local cultural and historical sites.

Synergassia missions are a key resource to increase communication between Greece’s regional business community, local authorities, chambers of commerce and the international investment community through in-country diplomats. The missions are extremely valuable in furthering the outward looking nature of the regions.

Underlying the importance of this mission, Michalis Chrisochoidis, Minister of Regional Development and Competitiveness, addressed the delegates and outlined Greece’s new investment framework, a major step creating a new, efficient, and highly attractive environment for FDI.
In addition, Aris Syngros, Executive Chairman of Invest in Greece, personally welcomed the delegates and spoke of the many reasons that the Peloponnese should be a priority on the global investment destination map:

“The Synergassia programme allows us, within Greece, to merge the local with the global, to examine specific projects that have an international appeal.

“We are here this week to explore how the business community of the Peloponnese, one of Greece’s most important regions, with an illustrious history, may create new and productive partnerships with businesspeople from all corners of the globe.

“We are here to explore the superb investment opportunities that exist in the Peloponnese, where some outstanding projects that have recently been completed—and others underway—are putting this region on the global investment map,” said Mr. Syngros.

Referring to Greece’s new Fast Track Law and Investment Incentives Law, the Chairman said, “Greece is radically redefining its new investment framework and, indeed, the very nature of investment opportunity.

“Both the new Fast Track Legislation and the New Investment Law are designed to put the investor at the center of the investment process.
“Every effort has been made to remove overlapping requirements, opaque procedures, and bureaucratic barriers so business may take advantage of Greece’s huge investment potential and create win-win, sustainable partnerships.”

Christos Alexakis, CEO of Invest in Greece, discussed the services that Invest in Greece offers and the new, expanded role and responsibilities of the Agency.

Mr. Petros Tatoulis, Head of the Region, also addressed the diplomats and spoke about the region’s many advantages.

Other speakers included Nicholas Kanellopoulos, Chairman of Greek National Tourism Organization, Alecos Holevas, Chairman of Hellenic Export Promotion Association, and key figures from the local business community of the Peloponnese.

The delegates reported that the Synergassia Peloponnese mission provided them with an outstanding opportunity to learn first-hand about the Peloponnese region and were enthusiastic about the trade, commercial and investment potential they could propose with businesses from their home countries.

Participating diplomatic missions: Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Britain, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia Cuba, Cyprus, Egypt, Finland, France, Hungary, India, Korea, Kuwait,  Lebanon, Lithuania, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, and Tunisia.