Nov/07

Enterprise: New York Forum - Investment and Business Opportunities in Greece Today
The 9th New York Forum, organised under the auspices of Greece’s Ministry of Economy and Finance, and held at the Pierre Hotel on November 9 by Capital Link, brought together representatives from the Greek government, Greece’s public and private sector, and businesspeople and investors from the United States to explore the many investment opportunities that Greece offers today.
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Global Greece
Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis rang the opening bell at a recent session of the New York Stock Exchange.The Greek Minister and the members of an accompanying business delegation met with foreign institutional investors and large international bank executives to present the Greek economy’s prospects for business and investment opportunities.
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Energy Hub: Greece, Turkey Inaugurate Historic Pipeline
Greece and Turkey on November 18 inaugurated a new natural gas pipeline that has begun to transport Azeri gas from the Caspian Sea to the Greek city of Komotini. The major infrastructure project, a joint Turkish-Greek venture, was opened at a ceremony attended by Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Also in attendance were the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman.
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Our View: Partnerships for Growth
Under the leadership of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Greece has revitalised its economic spirit and has constructed the framework for an increasingly outward looking economy. One of the objectives of ELKE’s new investment promotion policy is to build upon the solid foundations that have been put into place and to energise regional development, capitalising on unique competitive advantages, outstanding resources, and a strong potential for growth. In this way, we are able to promote Greece's regions to investors worldwide.
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Regional Axis: Diplomatic Mission to Epirus
ELKE, in cooperation with the Region of Epirus, organised a four-day programme in Ioannina to promote the investment opportunities in Epirus. The event, held within the framework of ELKE’s “Promoting Regional Greece” Programme, was completed with a strong interest from all involved. Thirty three Ambassadors, Economic Counselors, and Commercial Attaches from foreign Embassies in Greece accepted ELKE’s invitation and participated in the delegation.
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Your View: Diplomatic Overtures
Mrs. Boguslawa Abramowicz, Head of Trade and Investment Promotion Department of the Embassy of Poland and President of the Club of Economic Counselors and Diplomats in Greece, discusses how diplomats become better acquainted with investment opportunities in Greece.
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Competitive Spirit: Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship 2007-2013
Greek Development Minister Christos Folias announced the official approval of a business programme titled "Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship 2007-2013" following a decision of EU Regional Policy Commissioner Danuta Hubner. The programme is included in the top priority programmes of the National Reference Strategic Framework Plan (2007-2013), that aim to improve competitiveness and export activity of Greek enterprises and the country's productive system, with a strong emphasis on innovation.
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Investment Tracker
One of the most impressive achievements of the significant reforms Greece has enacted during the last three years has been the dynamic increase in foreign direct investment. Gross FDI inflows in 2006 totaled 6.995 billion EURO, while net inflows reached 4.275 billion EURO, up from 487 million EURO in 2005, a noteworthy 10-fold increase.
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OutReach
"OutReach" describes activities carried out by the Greek government, ELKE, or other state or semi-state organisations regarding contacts, contracts, agreements, speeches, trade missions, business delegations, discussions or the like with foreign governments, trade bodies, state or semi-state organisations, private organisations or companies regarding trade, investment, or commercial activity in general or other activities highlighting Greece’s international relationships and/or standing.
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Industry Spotlight
"Development of the logistics sector is an opportunity for Greece and for this reason the government has set a priority to highlight the country’s geographical position and to become the main logistics centre in the wider Balkans and Southeast European region," Transport and Communications Minister Kostas Hatzidakis said when addressing the 11th Panhellenic Logistics Conference in Athens.
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Cutting Edge: Bioengineering at the Forefront
As global partnerships become the backbone of research and development, the importance of international collaboration increases significantly. Bioimerosin, a new bioengineering company in northern Greece, is on its way to creating new products and services for the medical field that have the potential to be used in markets worldwide.
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Discovery: From Laboratory to Market
Fifty "Smart Eyes" navigation system devices, developed to assist the blind, were presented to 50 sight-impaired persons in a special ceremony at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall. The system was developed by the Telecommunications Laboratory at the Thessaloniki University Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and in 2004 won the first prize in an international "Imagine Cup" contest held in Brazil.
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NewsWire
Short news items about Greece and its economy, trading partners, and current developments.
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DateLine
International Food and Drinks Exhibition, February 14-18, 2008, EXPO ATHENS, Anthousa, Athens.
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Access: Information Society - The official Greek Portal for IS
The Portal of Greece’s Information Society provides an overview of initiatives, policies, programmes, and plans for the implementation of the EU Information Society objectives. Information Society is seen as the development of technology in the European Union at a variety of levels and in a variety of areas, including business, education, culture, government, transport, health, and others.
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