29 March, 2006
Greece's deputy economy and finance minister Christos Folias outlined the role Greece is able to and intends to play as an energy hub and energy gateway to Europe, during a meeting at the US State Department on Monday with deputy assistant secretary of state for European Affairs Matthew Bryza.
Folias met immediately afterwards with assistant secretary of state for Economic and Business Affairs Anthony Wayne, to whom he presented Greece's new developmental law and discussed the prospects for American investments in Greece.
Folias was due on Tuesday to speak at the Woodrow Wilson Foundation in Washington on "Greek investments, economic policy, and regional stability", which will be followed by a luncheon organized by the American Chamber of Commerce.
In the afternoon, Folias will meet at the department of commerce with assistant secretary of commerce for Market Access and Compliance, David Bohigian.
On Wednesday, Folias will attend a luncheon with Greek senior staff members of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), followed by a meeting with United States Small Business Administration (SBA) assistant administrator for international trade Manuel Rosales, and in the evening will attend a reception hosted by Greece's ambassador in Washington Alexandros Mallias in honor of the delegates to the 5th annual Business Conference on Greece-US Relations (to be held March 29-30 in Washington) being organized by the Hellenic American Heritage Council (HAHC), in cooperation with the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington and the American Hellenic Chamber of Commerce in Athens.
Folias will attend the conference on Thursday, and will also be the keynote speaker at a luncheon in the Capitol on "Greece: Investments as a tool for stability in the Balkans".
On Friday, Folias is due in New York where he will speak on the investment opportunities offered by Greece, in an address to a conference on "Greek-Turkish-US Cross Investing Partnership Opportunities" organized by the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York in cooperation with the International Chamber of Commerce-Hellas and Turkey's Foreign Economic Relations Board, to be attended by Greek, American and Turkish business professionals.
Source: Athens News Agency