16 February, 2007
Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis wound up her official visit here on Thursday, as she headed a large Greek business delegation that witnessed the signing of two cooperation proto-cols between Greek industrial federations and the chambers of commerce of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
In statements to reporters shortly before her departure, Bakoyannis said she was particularly pleased with the prospects for greater economic ties between EU member-state Greece and the Gulf States, terming political relations as excellent.
In talks centering on the situation in the Middle East as a whole, the Greek FM reiterated that Athens is ready to play a constructive role and to contribute to efforts at aiding security and peace in the region.
On his part, Deputy Foreign Minister Evripides Stylianidis said 93 representatives of Greek firms participated in the trip, as more than 400 meetings were held with UAE entrepreneurs and businesspeople, mostly touching on opportunities in construction sector, shipping and port management.
The Association of Hellenic Industries (SEB) on Thursday signed a protocol of cooperation with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as part of a strategy to expand activities in the Gulf.
The Association, in an announcement, stressed the need for Greek products to gain more share in the Emirates market by taking advantage of free trade zones, zero taxation and transit facilities. It also noted large investment projects, currently implemented or programmed for the next decade in the Emi-rates and urged Greek businesses to focus on expanding in the region.
Source: Athens News Agency