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PM: Greece can be China’s gateway to Europe
Greece, given its geographic location, can be China’s gateway to Europe and Europe’s to China, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras told an event on Monday evening at Athens’ Intercontinental hotel, hosted by the Union of Greek Ship Owners and the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, on the occasion of the European Maritime Day and Hellenic Maritime Day.
Samaras said Greece could play this role as it has a pioneer commercial fleet worldwide. He reiterated that there should be interest in investing in this sector and referred to the successful investment model of China’s Cosco in the port of Piraeus.
He added that Greece has now consolidated its position in Europe and the country should be placed on the world map, guided by shipping and tourism. But there should be interest for investments in other sectors, too, he said.
Addressing the same event, minister of Shipping and the Aegean Kostis Mousouroulis said that in conjunction with the outcome of a successful Presidency of the EU in the first half of 2014, Greece will create a dynamic current of partnerships for the promotion and progress of the maritime economy and related sectors.
President of the Union of Greek Ship Owners Theodoros Veniamis told the gathering that Greece is the world’s power of shipping and this can be one of its bargaining assets.
On his part, president of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping said the country’s geographic position provided immense growth potential, allowing for its prosperity and development into a shipping and economic centre in the Eastern Mediterranean by attracting international investments.
The "Greek Merchant Marine Day” is an initiative of the Union of Greek Ship Owners and the Panhellenic Seamen's Federation, which in 2006 decided in collaboration with the state to honour in this way the contribution of shipping and the sector’s employees to the Greek economy.
The European Union adopted May 20 as the "European Maritime Day", and this year it will be hosted in Valletta, Malta.
Source: Athens News Agency