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Newsletter November 2014


World Economic Forum in China

Enterprise Greece supported the recent Greek delegation to the World Economic Forum in China.

Enterprise Greece supported the Greek delegation to the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions, which took place in Tianjin, China, on September 10-12, 2014. 
Τhe Annual Meeting of the New Champions takes place every year and brings together innovative enterprises, agencies, multinational companies, government representatives and academics from all over the world.
More than 2,000 delegates from more than 90 countries participated in this year’s forum, discussing how innovation can be best put to use to bring the best results for all stakeholders.

This year, the World Economic Forum celebrated the various communities it has brought together at the eighth Annual Meeting of the New Champions. These new champions are transforming science, technology, commerce, civil society and other fields with their innovations and commitment to make a difference.

“We are all the new champions,” said Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum. “Our world needs a new spirit, a much more collaborative spirit, a much more society-oriented spirit.”

 Greece participated in the World Economic Forum with a delegation headed by Enterprise Greece CEO Stephanos Issaias. 
Mr Issaias said, regarding this delegation: “The presence of Greece at this year’s meeting of the World Economic Forum in Tianjin signals the return of our country, with a business mission, to the largest international economic fora. During the forum, it was evident to us that the global business community recognises the significant progress of the Greek economy and the wide range of opportunities for cooperation with businesses in our country. It is worth noting that a common theme of all the discussions in the Forum was the importance of structural reforms to achieve development of all economies on a global scale, and not just for the countries of the European South, while the increasing importance of geopolitical factors on international economic relations was also discussed extensively.”
The Greek delegation to this year’s forum was organized and coordinated, with support from Enterprise Greece, by Introducing Leaders. 

Export Orientation of Greek Agro-food Companies
Enterprise Greece and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany co-organised the “Workshop on Export Orientation of Greek Agro-food Companies” on September 17 in Athens. The event was carried out on behalf of the Informal Working Group of the Ministry for Development and Competitiveness and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.
The Minister for Development and Competitiveness of the Hellenic Republic Nikos Dendias, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Athens, Peter Schoof, and Enterprise Greece’s Chairman, Aristomenis (Aris) M. Syngros, greeted the delegates. The Secretary General for Agricultural Policy and International Relations of the Ministry of Rural Development and Food, Dimitrios Melas, also attended the event.
During the first session of the workshop, Daniel Lindel, Senior Manager Food, Nutrition & Life Services, Germany Trade and Invest, presented the preferences of German consumers and reported on the positioning of Greek agro-food products within the German market as well as the positioning of other competitive countries. He emphasised the increasing tendency of the German market to consume high nutritional products, such as organic products, fruits and vegetables and non-alcoholic beverages.

During the second session of the workshop representatives of the National Bank of Greece, Eurobank, and Piraeus Bank presented their banks’  programmes and credit lines available to promote exports and export oriented companies in the field of agro-food.
Representatives of more than 80 companies attended the workshop and expressed their interest for the German market of food and beverages and the banks’ programmes and credit lines.

The Greek-German Working Group, although informal, consists of the German–Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other institutions related to the agro-food industry. This Working Group will continue their efforts to support Greek exporters of agricultural, food, and beverage products.