The Hellenic Foreign Trade Board (OPE) is aming at an increase in the export of more qualitative Greek products and within this context, the 1st World Congress of Greek Gastronomy and of the Greek Food, Wines and Beverages Industry was held at the Athens Concert Hall on Thursday.
The congress was held under the initiative of the National Economy and Finance Ministry and the OPE and aims at projecting the nutritional value of Greek gastronomic tradition.
Finance Ministry General Secretary George Mergos stressed the need for there to be "extroversion of the Greek economy to support competitiveness and productivity" aimed at further strengthening exports.
On his part, OPE managing director Panagiotis Drossos referred to the OPE's activity for the improvement of the position of Greek food and beverages in the international market. He said that in 2005 the food and beverages branch marked a 24 per cent increase in all the markets.
National Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis addressed the 1st World Congress of Greek Gastronomy at the Athens Concert Hall on Thursday evening.
The minister noted that the Hellenic Foreign Trade Board (OPE), which jointly organized the event with the Greek Food, Wines and Beverages Industry, in 2005 took part in 38 exhibitions compared to 18 in 2004.
Alogoskoufis added that Greek exports in 2005 increased by 13.1 per cent compared to 2004. In January 2006, the increase was 15.4 per cent compared to the corresponding month in 2005.
Source: Athens News Agency