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29 August, 2000
Prime Minister Costas Simitis on Monday expressed certainty that this year's Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) would be a complete success, reflecting the progress being made in the Greek economy.
"It would be no exaggeration to say that this year's Fair will chiefly reflect the successful course of the national economy and the bright prospects for growth and prosperity in our country," Simitis said in his message.
Continuing, Simitis said the event would provide clear-cut proof that the Greek economy was competitive and that Greek products were of high quality. It would also demonstrate the active and dynamic presence of Greek public and private enterprises in Balkan countries, in combination with important and ground-breaking business initiatives.
Finally, he added, the fair would also prove that Thessaloniki "was now an established commercial and industrial junction between the European Union and the Balkan countries," and highlight the steps that had been taken to turn the city into the economic capital of the Balkan region.
For the first time in many years, Turkey and the US will be among the countries participating in TIF - the latter as the country of honour. Up to 75 companies from neighbouring Turkey will be repre-sented at TIF, a fact welcomed by TIF president George Sortikos.
In total, there are 1,300 companies from 40 countries taking part in the 65th annual TIF, with 17 through an official state pavilion. Visitors can also enjoy a number of cultural events on the sidelines of the trade fair, many organised by the US as "honoured" country.
Among these is a concert by Alkistis Protopsalti on Sunday, September 3, at the Palais de Sport, followed three days later by Nikos Papacostas and Franco Simone on September 6.
According to the organisers, the highlight will be a concert by Maria Farandouri who will present the same show as at the EXPO 2000 fair in Hanover, for a triumphal close to the 65th TIF.
Source: Athens News Agency