“It is in all of our interests that the economic potential of Greece finds its way back on track to a better future,” the German Minister of Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, said on Saturday in his opening speech at the world food trade fair Anuga 2015 in Cologne.
To this end, Schmidt announced bilateral discussions with his Greek counterpart Evangelos Apostolou that are also due to take place during the trade fair.
Greece is this year’s partner country of Anuga, which is opening its doors to trade visitors at the Cologne fair grounds again until the 14th October.
On his part, Apostolou underlined the great importance the agriculture and food sector continues to have for his country in addition to the tourist industry. In his speech at the opening ceremony of Anuga 2015, Apostolou called for foreign investments in this area. The Greek Minister stressed that the government in Athens wants to support the food sector with subsidies of six billion euros in total up until the year 2020.
He stated that the regular presence of his country at Anuga complements the efforts of Greek politics, since an important marketing network has been established via the trade fair over the past decades. “Greece has been among the ten largest exhibiting nations at Anuga for many years,” underlined Cologne’s Mayor Jürgen Roters in his capacity as chairman of the supervisory board of Koelnmesse. “This is good for your country,” said Roters.
Roters proudly made reference to the new record number of exhibitors Anuga 2015 set this year, namely over 7,000 exhibitors from 108 countries.
Exhibitors from Iceland and Qatar took part for the first time ever.
Anuga is the world’s biggest and most important business platform for the international food industry. With over 7,000 exhibitors from 108 countries, Anuga 2015 once again set a new record number of exhibitors.
Around 155,000 trade visitors from all over the world are expected to attend the fair.
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