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Avramopoulos Meets Canadian Execs

300px-Avramo1Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos met on Feb. 26  with representatives of major Canadian companies and executives of large Greek Canadian businesses, within the framework of his official visit to Canada.

According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, at a dinner co-hosted by the Greek Consulate General in Toronto and Canadian banking and investment agencies, Avramopoulos had the opportunity to set out Greece’s comparative advantages in major sectors – such as transport, tourism and shipping – including its highly trained human resources.

He talked about major changes taking place in the Greek economy, together with the structural reforms that are being implemented and are shaping a friendly, secure and attractive investment environment in Greece.

He briefed the guests on incoming rescue loans that have stabilized Greece’s position in the Eurozone and calmed market fears as well as spurred new interest from investors who had been wary because of the country’s crushing economic crisis.

Within the framework of the dinner, Avramopoulos met with Robert Gilmore, Chairman of the Board of Eldorado Gold, to whom he highlighted the determination of the Greek government so as to guarantee the necessary conditions for the successful completion of the company’s planned investments, which will create 2,500 new jobs and increase Greek exports. Greece is giving the green light to the company’s plans to develop a gold mine in northern Greece despite fierce opposition from environmentalists.

Avramopoulos visited the Greek Community Center in Toronto, meeting with representatives of the Greek Canadian community. In his address to Canadian’s of Greek descent, the Foreign Minister ensured them of the determination of the Greek government and people to move ahead with the major reforms the country needs.

In reference to Greece’s geopolitical role, he talked to representatives of Greek organizations in Toronto about the major issues in Greek foreign policy and the steps being taken to reform the World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) and he also met with His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios of Canada, who briefed him on the multi-faceted work done by the Metropolis of Canada.

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