13 August, 2004
The Greek government on Thursday invited foreign businessmen, currently in Greece for the Athens Olympic Games, to invest in the country.
Speaking during an inauguration ceremony of the Athens Business Club (ABC), Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis said that "our goal is to fully exploit a climate of publicity and interest by promoting the country's business aspect and its capabilities, its products and services. We strive towards making Greece an attractive commerce destination, to attract investments and tourism, to make Greek products more attractive and to help in signing trade and investment agreements with foreign businessmen."
The Greek minister stressed that ABC's members would be informed over government plans on taxation and development and its plans over structural reforms.
Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas noted that the government's aim was to fully exploit all comparative advantages offered by the country as an investment centre in the wider Southeastern Europe and the Mediterranean region. "A new tax system, a new development law, currently drafted by the government will offer strong incentives to foreign investors," Sioufas said.
ABC will be the headquarters of Greek and foreign businessmen during the Olympic Games, offering full secretarial and translation support. More than 60 information events including government ministers and business officials have been scheduled. The Athens Business Club expects more than 5,000 to visit its offices during the Games.
Source: Athens News Agency