13 January, 2006
Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis on Thursday presented actions and policy priorities organized by the Hellenic Organization for External Trade (OPE) for the current year.
Speaking to reporters, Alogoskoufis said the program envisaged a total of 31 business trips abroad, up from 16 in 2005, while Greek participations to international trade fairs would exceed 80.
More than 4,000 Greek export enterprises have been informed over OPE's program for 2006, aimed to support access of Greek products to foreign markets and in particular, the US, Canada, Germany, Britain, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, UAE, Australia, India, China and South Korea.
The Greek minister said a National Export Council was expected to meet, soon, to approve OPE's action plan for 2006 and stressed that both agencies were spearheading Greek export growth.
Hellenic Organization for External Trade has set three policy priorities for the current year: accessing big foreign markets, combined presence of Greek product and services abroad and promoting goods and services.
Alogoskoufis said government initiatives, taken so far, have already offered results with Greek exports up 12.8 pct in the first 10 months of 2005 compared with the same period in 2004.
Source: Athens News Agency