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19 July 2012

(China Daily 06/16/2012 page10)

China Investment Corporation is committed to discussing possible investment plans in Greece once a government is formed in the European nation after Sunday's election, said Greek business leaders. 

The intention was expressed by China's sovereign wealth fund during a recent visit to Beijing by a delegation from the Hellenic-Chinese Chamber, which aims to promote the development of business and economic ties between Greece and China. 

"I wish I could have a magic wand that would remove corruption and bureaucracy to attract overseas investors, especially those from China, once the new government is formed after Sunday's election," said Constantine Yannidis, president of the Athens-based chamber. 

The chamber sent a five-member delegation to China last month to attract investment in Greece. 

 

Aphrodite Bletas, vice-president of the chamber who led the delegation, said the meeting with the CIC was "crucial", and its President Lou Jiwei had expressed a willingness to invest in Greece once the new government is formed. 

"China demonstrates extensive interest in investing in Greece," said Bletas 

But she said due to the current political uncertainty, no concrete commitments have been made on specific projects. 

"The outcome of the coming election is of significant concerns for Chinese investors. Discussions would be opened only after the election with the new government in place," said Bletas. 

Though both sides didn't touch on specific projects, Greece has shown interest in cooperation on ports, airports, highways, high-speed railways and even real estate development. 

CIC, China's $410-billion sovereign wealth fund, has cut its stock and bond investments in Europe as the risk of a eurozone breakup increases, said Lou. 

He said that China was also unlikely to buy common eurozone bonds, should they eventually be sold as part of a resolution of the European debt crisis, as "the risk is too big, and the return is too low". 

Yannidis said he strongly believes that the Greek people will be united amid such huge challenges. "Politicians should make the interests of the people and the nation their priority," said Yannidis. 

Time is pressing for Greece, as the country needs to carry out structural reforms, rectify its investment laws and remove barriers and bureaucracy to attract foreign investors, he said. 

Yannidis said Chinese investors have already expressed great interest in investing in Greece, which is believed to be a gateway to Europe. 

Greece still needs up to a year to bring its economy onto the right track and restore market confidence. 

"I hope Chinese investors have such patience and confidence in us," said Yannidis. 

Fu Jian

Tan Xuan contributed to the story. 

25 October 2012

Greece is due to host the 18th Seminar of the International Association of Surgeons, Gastroenterologists and Oncologists (IASGO) on Oct. 25 in Athens with China's support, as the two countries commemorate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic ties this year. The event running from Thursday to Saturday is organized by IASGO in close cooperation with the Chinese Society of Surgeons and the Chinese Society of Minimally Invasive Surgery with the support of the Chinese embassy in Athens, Greek authorities and the Athens Medical Center Group.

Approximately 320 top level experts from 45 countries are expected to attend the seminar entitled "New Developments in the Diagnosis and Management of Abdominal Malignancies -- From Open Surgery to Mini-Invasive Surgical Approaches."

During the event top level experts -- amongst them about 40 Chinese surgeons -- will present technical advances and pioneering developments in the field, will exchange experience and knowledge and explore future collaborations.

"We expect that this seminar will be a significant platform for doctors to exchange experience and to network for future cooperation. We hope that we are making a contribution to medical developments worldwide," Chinese Ambassador to Greece, Du Qiwen, said during a press briefing in Athens on Tuesday.

The medical seminar is part of a long series of events held this year to mark the 40th anniversary of theestablishment of diplomatic relations between Greece and China, aiming to raise public awareness on the progress of bilateral ties, he added.

Organizers hope that the conference could also help "change the international press coverage on Greece to positive and show that Greece and Athens still play a significant role in international arenas," Du stressed.

"In a period when citizens across the world follow news regarding Greece of a negative content, the success of such a seminar could provide Greece with a most needed positive publicity," Athens Medical Centre Group CEO Vassilios Apostolopoulos said.

Speaking to Xinhua, IASGO's Secretary General Professor Nikolaos Lygidakis stressed that Athens was chosen to host the event particularly in this crucial period for Greece to honor its contribution to world civilization and support Greek peoples during these difficult moments of their history, as they struggle to counter a severe debt crisis.

In regards to the scientific purposes of the gathering, Lygidakis said that the target is to promote IASGO's key objective and philosophy -- that medicine beyond frontiers and health for all is an absolute right of every human being on this planet.

Over the past 24 years, IASGO offers services and supports postgraduate training courses to more than 30 countries globally, aiming to close the distance separating citizens in poor countries in Africa and western developed economies, he explained.

Since 1986, Lygidakis visits China regularly and has good contacts with the Chinese medical community. He has seen the "dramatic, very impressive improvement in the quality of medical services provided in China" ever since, he told Xinhua, stressing "I am pretty sure that in a few years Chinese surgery will be frontrunner in the world."

He speaks highly of the scientific expertise of his Chinese colleagues, adding that international cooperation is to the benefit of all.

"Chinese can gain from us, we can gain from them. That's the value of globalization, to diffuse knowledge and experience," he underlined. (source: Xinhua).

01 May 2013

"Crete Meets China"

 
The Hellenic Chinese Chamber within the frame of its institutional part for the widening of Hellenic Chinese relations has put under its auspices the exhibition CRETE – THE GREAT MEETING, which starts on May 24th 2013 and ends the 27th.
Hellenic Chinese Chamber in collaboration with Region of Crete organizes a conference within the frame of the exhibition “CRETE – THE GREAT MEETING” (by PROMEXPO). 
The Conference will take place on Monday 27 of May 2013 from 13.30 to 17.30 hours – arrival time/13.00 (it will be held parallel to the Exhibition at Tae Kwon Do Stadium, P. Faliron in Athens at the warm-up Hall of the Stadium). 
The theme of the event is: “Crete meets China” and it is under the auspices of the Chinese Embassy in Athens, the Greek Consulate General in Shanghai, the Ministries of Development, Competitiveness, Transportation and Networks, Rural Development- Food and Tourism, the World Council of Cretans, the Panhellenic Federation of Cretan Associations, the Pancretan Union, the Chambers of Chania, Heraklion, Lasithi and Rethmyno, the Municipalities of Heraklion, Chania, Faistos, Milopotamos, Agios Vasileios, Rethimno, Siteia, Ierapetra, the Exporters Association of Crete, the National Association of Hellenic Commerce, the Association of Oil producing Municipalities of Crete and the Cretan Chambers of Heraklion, Lasithi, Chania and Rethymno and with the kind support of Group for Unesco Piraeus and Islands and the Greece-Chinese Association. 
27 July 2012

LA TRIBUNE, Article résumés 23/07/2012

 Les Chinois investissent en Grèce

Depuis la crise, la Chine investit massivement en Grèce. Alors que le gouvernement Samaras va lancer dans les prochains mois une vague de privatisations, les Chinois veulent jouer les premiers rôles. Deux petits drapeaux grec et chinois trônent sur le bureau de Constantine Yannidis, à Athènes. Le jour est important: le président de la Chambre de commerce sino-hellénique reçoit la visite d’une dizaine d’entrepreneurs venus de la province chinoise de Shangyu. Ces dernières années, les Chinois montrent un intérêt croissant pour la Grèce, et les délégations investissent le bureau de M. Yannidis.

Une hausse de 250% des exportations

« En 1972, nous échangions pour 1 million de dollars. En 2012, le commerce gréco-chinois représente plus de 4 milliards de dollars »,détaille Constantine Yannidis. En un an, les exportations de la Grèce vers la Chine ont flambé. Au premier trimestre 2012, on enregistre une hausse de 250% par rapport à la même période sur l’année précédente. Le coton, le marbre et le vin grecs sont les produits les plus prisés des Chinois. Preuve de l’appétit de l’Empire du milieu, entre 2006 et 2010, la Chine a multiplié ses investissements dans l’industrie en Grèce par 1.000!

Un plan Marshall Chinois

« La Grèce n’est pas seulement la porte d’entrée de l’Europe. C’est aussi une voie d’accès pour la mer Noire, le Moyen-Orient, les Balkans», analyse Spyros Kouvelis, ancien ministre délégué aux Affaires étrangères, chargé de la diplomatie économique,entre 2009 à 2011. De par cette position stratégique, la Chine veut investir davantage dans l’énergie et les transports.

Selon nos informations, une compagnie chinoise serait en pourparlers avec l’Eglise de Grèce, pour racheter le terrain du monastère de Pendeli, au nord d’Athènes. L’objectif est de créer un parc photovoltaïque pour un contrat d’un montant de 1 milliard d’euros.

Alors que le gouvernement grec, sous pression de la troïka (Commission européenne, Banque centrale européenne et Fonds monétaire international), qui débarque cette semaine à Athènes pour mener une nouvelle mission, s’apprête à lancer un plan massif de 28 privatisations dans les prochains mois, la Chine veut décrocher les premiers contrats. « Pour la compagnie publique ferroviaire, les Russes et les Chinois sont fortement intéressés. La Chine reste également très attachée aux entreprises touristiques, et à la construction où ils sont très bons », confie Areti Skafidaki, première secrétaire aux Affaires économiques du ministère des Affaires étrangères grec.

Mis en vente, l’embarcadère numéro 1 du port du Pirée est par ailleurs la priorité du géant maritime Cosco. Si elle remporte la mise, la compagnie chinoise, déjà installée sur l’embarcadère numéro 2, détiendrait l’intégralité du port d’Athènes, du management à la logistique».

09 September 2014

One of the leading and most profitable Greek Banks, NBG, confirms once again its leading, extrovert character, by joining forces with "Introducing Leaders", a strategic business initiative, as a strategic sponsor of the Greek Delegation in the "Annual Meeting of the new Champions" in the World Economic Forum (WEF), which will be held from 10 to 12 September in the city of Tianjin in China.

This is an event of global scope, characterized as the "Davos of emerging economies". The  Annual Meeting of the New Champions takes place from 2007, as the most important international meeting on science, technology and innovation, which brings in touch the new generation of fast-growing firms that shape the future of business, with leaders from major multinationals, as well as government, media, academia and civil society.

One of the leading and most profitable Greek Banks, NBG, confirms once again its leading, extrovert character, by joining forces with "Introducing Leaders", a strategic business initiative, as a strategic sponsor of the Greek Delegation in the "Annual Meeting of the new Champions" in the World Economic Forum (WEF), which will be held from 10 to 12 September in the city of Tianjin in China.

This is an event of global scope, characterized as the "Davos of emerging economies". The  Annual Meeting of the New Champions takes place from 2007, as the most important international meeting on science, technology and innovation, which brings in touch the new generation of fast-growing firms that shape the future of business, with leaders from major multinationals, as well as government, media, academia and civil society.

In this context, the initiative "Introducing Leaders", which is the organizer of the Greek Delegation, brings together global leaders, visionaries and shapers of the business world today.

One of the most dynamic entries in this Annual Meeting of the New Champions is that of NBG. NBG has a special part in Greeks’ heart, with operations in over 12 countries, it has €111 billion in total assets, which is fairly large for Greek standards. They have 1700 branches spread over 12 countries and employ 37,000 peopleNBG is the only bank that has been profitable and have been so for the last six quarters. That has to do with the very strong quality of all things comparable in Greece under the circumstances.

Some things that differentiate NBG from other banks are that they are creating capital because they are profitable, they have no legacy issues that could come back to haunt them; they continue to grow. They have a unique liquidity advantage, a loan/deposit ratio of less than 100%, which is better than most banks, especially in Greece and an 83% loan/deposit ratio. NBG has the liquidity and the want to support Greece.

One of the most positive messages coming from the Greek banks is that they are ahead in terms of capital adequacy compared to European banks according to the 2024 rules. NBG is at 11.6% whereas the average European bank is at 10% and this is because them, as Greeks, have to prove things more than anybody else.

We are proud to announce that Mrs. Paula Hadjisotiriou, deputy CEO of NBG, will be accompanying the Greek delegation to the WEF in China. In an exclusive interview for IL she said that "the faith and vote of confidence that China gave Greece, as one of the world’s financial superpowers, in choosing Greece to invest at a time when things were not so clear has already minted in Greek minds that China has given us a double seal of approval" and added “Go West, Chinese Entrepreneurs, because Greece awaits you!” 

Molly Mc Adams, director at "Introducing Leaders" said:


Paola Uzcudun, director at "Introducing leaders" added, "NBG is a traditional bank with a modern view and we are very excited to accompanying them to the WEF AMNC in China this September! "

Associate partners include the Hellenic Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise Greece (formerly Invest in Greece) with CEO, Stefanos Issias as acting head of the delegation.

Corporate sponsors of this high-profile delegation, the first of its kind to the WEF, AMNC, include Piraeus Bank,NBG,  Dolphin Capital Investors and Vianex SA with Goldair Tourism acting as hospitality and logistics partner.

09 September 2014

Athens, Greece—August 8th, 2014Paola Uzcudun Country Coordinator at IPS met today with H.E. Prime Minister Samaras during an exclusive interview for the Greek Supplement to Fortune China where they discussed the Greek-Chinese relations and future collaboration between the two countries. Mr. Samaras said "Both sides share mutual feelings of friendship and respect; but we also both mean business. And probably this is why things are improving fast… "

During the last two months Mr. Samaras and his government have received high-profile visits from Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that have strengthened further the special bonds that these two ancient cultures share. The Prime Minister has emphasized that "this affinity between Greeks and Chinese is a solid background for very strong ties, going beyond bilateral common interests; it a realistic basis for a long-term strategic relation between our countries from today to the decades to come."

But, he added, this is not only a positive message to the Chinese community but also to the world because Greek society is the perfect example of hard work and recovery. "Greece has already improved by 111 positions in the world competitiveness ranking, in just two years (from the 147th position to the 36th), an unprecedented record of improvement." said Mr. Samaras. Since they are also exploring opportunities to expand both traditional business – shipping, investment and trade – and new sectors such as technology and innovation, Greece is likely to become the perfect strategic partner of China in Europe.

Ms. Uzcudun added "Finally rising from the crisis, Greece is cementing its friendship with China, an ancient culture that deeply understands Greece and which knows that what is important is how you get up again, not how hard you fall. In the words of Confucius ‘Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do’. China has always supported Greece and now they are showing that they want a common future with an old friend."

Max Bleyleben, Contributing Editor of Introducing Leaders, which is organizing the Greek business delegation to the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of Champions in Tianjin, China in September, commented “Greece’s membership in the European Union and its leadership role in global seaborne trade make it the ideal gateway partner for China to access the European markets.”

01 November 2012

1Introduction

In 2011, the China’s total retail sales of consumer goods were 18.1 trillion Yuan. According to Mckinsey&Company, the world's famous consultant company's prediction, China will become the world's second largest consumer market in 2014 and the largest luxury market in 2015.Chinese consumers have great cognition of foreign brands, and also have a strong capacity to pay for them. Yet, the brands' simplification in Chinese business channel restricts the purchasing power of Chinese consumers, but the overseas purchasing through tourism increases year by year. Therefore, the competitive importing consumer goods will gain infinite business opportunities and take over the Chinese consumer market certainly.

With the approval of MOFCOM(CAIT [2012] No.2353), International Brand Management Center (IBMC) will jointly organize the "Global Purchasing Center" with domestic business association, business institutions of foreign embassies and dominant bonded zones to provide series of services for foreign suppliers, such as exhibition in bonded zones, promotion of brands, development of dealers, product purchasing and distribution. Meanwhile, IBMC will conduct extensive promotion activities together with supermarkets, department store and shopping malls in major cities to further help the foreign brands with enhancement of popularity and full expansion of Chinese market.

1.1 Goal

The aim of the purchasing season is to expand import and consumption, raise the consumption scale, upgrade consumption construction and meet the surging demand in the coming Spring Festival. IBMC will mainly introduce some of the FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) from the major countries as well as other categories of commodities. Through the cooperation with relevant associations, IBMC dedicates to provide the consumers and dealers with original, qualified and cheap imported goods. In connection with the 2013 Spring Festival, various of activities will be host in the main cities to amplify the type of goods, satisfy the growing domestic demands.

1.2 Schedule

1) Suppliers application and sample sending: September, 2012 –November, 2012

2) First Purchasing season:  October, 2012 – March, 2013

The global purchasing season will introduce different types of goods in different stages. The first stage will last from October, 2012 to March, 2013. In response to the surging consumption demand in the coming Spring Festival, CAIT has launched the solicitation for the first purchasing season.

1.3 Products for purchasing

The first purchasing season mainly involves some of the FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) like red wine, milk power, olive oil, leisure food (chocolate, coffee, drinks, candy, biscuits, dried fruit, nuts, dried meat, etc.), infant nutrition, health care products, kitchen utensils, paper products for mothers and babies, daily necessities of life, cosmetics, clothing, bags, shoes, furniture, home furnishing, watches, toys, jewelry and so on.

More products will be included later, such as machinery and equipment, spare parts, raw materials, technology and service.

1.4 Services

Our association will provide the complete range of service for your products for free from October 1st, 2012 to March 31st, 2013.

The services include:

  1. Display of the samples in bonded areas
  2. Develop dealers
  3. Product promotion in major Chinese cities
  4. Collect and summarize feedback information
  5. Transportation of the samples nationwide

We have seven major regions of global purchasing center in China: East region, North region, South region, Southwest region, Central region, Northeast region, Northwest region.

Zhangjiagang Free Trade Port Area (Near Shanghai in East region) is designated as a center for sample collection and distribution in the global purchasing season.

2. Requirement of suppliers

1) All the enterprises that want to expand Chinese market are allowable for this event whether they are in China or not. So do the Chinese representative office, exclusive agencies, and distributors of foreign brands.

2) Recommendation of the business chambers or industries associations.

3) According to the related laws, it must be the company, producer or distributor that has registered for 3 years and above outside mainland China.

4) The products must be produced outside mainland China, and provide the certificate of origin.

5) Must meet the need of Chinese market and with certain competitiveness.

3. Participation of suppliers

3.1 August – October, 2012 Application and evaluation

1) Fill the application form (www.oncn.org), and send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. along with the introduction of company, brochure of product, quotation of both wholesale price and retail price. All of the materials should be in Chinese, if you cannot provide Chinese, English will work (we do not accept other languages); in pdf or doc, docx; should not exceed 10 M; the theme of the email should be “name of country- type of product- name of company- Already in China or not.

2) Feedback: the company will receive “acknowledgement” 7 working days after application, and be told if they meet the requirement of our center.

3) The companies with the products meet the requirement can mail the sample good and brochure of product to the bonded zone in Zhangjiagang(next to Shanghai, center of the purchasing season).For further information, please check the “acknowledgement”.

3.2 October, 2012 – March, 2013   Purchasing

1) Provide the six-month’s free exhibition service; organize the consumers, buyers group, companies, marketing experts to have promotion and evaluation.

2) Through the promotion activities and market survey, collect and provide the feedbacks.

3) Organize the supermarket, department store, companies, and distributors to buy the products.

3.3 Provide follow-up services for the suppliers

Organizers:

China Association of International Trade, International Brand Management Center

Administrative committees of bonded zones in Zhangjiagang, Chongqing, Chengdu, etc.

Executive organization:

Global Purchasing Centers around China

Distributor development:

Beijing International Brand Management Center (BIBMC)

20 December 2012

The Hellenic Chinese Chamber within the frame of its institutional part for the widening of the Hellenic Chinese relations has put under its auspices the multi – conference “Money Show 2012”, which starts on December 21st and ends the 23rd December 2012.

As we celebrate this year the 40th anniversary from the start of diplomatic relations between Greece and China, the Hellenic Chinese Chamber organizes a two hour conference within the frame of Money Show 2012. The event will take place on Friday 21st December 2012 from 19.00 to 21.00 hours (Athens Hilton, “Hesperides” hall). The theme of the event is: “Prospects of developing the Greek-Chinese cooperation in the fields of culture and tourism”. The event is under the auspices of the Chinese Embassy and the Ministry of Tourism.

The event is organized with the collaboration of the trade magazine of the tourism industry “Touristiki Agora” (“Tourism Market”) magazine and it is supported by HATTA (Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies). The President of the Hellenic Chinese Chamber Mr. Constantine Yannidis will open the event with a short speech and the speakers will be H.E. the Ambassador of P.R. of China Mr. Du Qiwen, the Minister of Tourism Mrs. Olga Kefalogianni, the President of the Association of Tourism Enterprises Mr. Andreadis, Mrs Magda Laiou member of the Board OF Hatta, Dr Constantine Masmanidis, Vice President HCC, Mrs. Margarita Manousou managing editor of “Touristiki Agora”, Mr. Giannis Balakakis, President of Geo Routes and Mr. Angelos Vlachos consultant on tourism policy issues specialized on the Chinese market. It would be a great honor for us to attend this event. We would like to ask you to confirm your presence in the above mentioned event until 21/12/12 (until 15:00)by e-mail toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by fax to 210 3629445. FREE ENTRANCE.

*please find the attachment file with the participation form

 

09 September 2014
Proud supporter of the Greek Delegation
 

The leading Greek pharmaceutical company VIANEX SA, confirms once again its dynamic, extrovert character, by joining forces with "Introducing Leaders", a strategic business initiative, as a strategic sponsor of the Greek Delegation in the "Annual Meeting of the new Champions" in the World Economic Forum (WEF), which will be held from 10 to 12 September in the city of Tianjin in China.

This is an event of global scope, characterized as the "Davos of emerging economies". The Annual Meeting of the New Champions takes place from 2007, as the most important international meeting on science, technology and innovation, which brings in touch the new generation of fast-growing firms that shape the future of business, with leaders from major multinationals, as well as government, media, academia and civil society.

In this context, the initiative "Introducing Leaders", which is the organizer of the Greek Delegation, brings together global leaders, visionaries and shapers of the business world today.

One of the most dynamic entries in this Annual Meeting of the New Champions is that of VIANEX. With unique manufacturing capabilities, which are provided by the four modern factories in Greece and by a workforce of over 1,100 employees,VIANEX covers the entire range of production and distribution of pharmaceutical products, upgrading continuously its services and its pharmaceutical portfolio. The financial data of VIANEX, as reflected in the annual financial results and in the investment indicators, place VIANEX among the most reliable and efficient companies in Greece. The innovativeness of the company's culture as well as the implementation of a large-scale investment programme, allow VIANEX to creatively plan for new strategic alliances of international orientation.

Among these, it is worth noting the cooperation of VIANEX with the multinational pharmaceutical company "Farmaserv-Lilly", for the production of 10 million pieces per year of injectable antibiotic Voncon (vancomycin) for serious infections, with export of 100% in China, which accompanied by an investment of EUR 1.5 million and the creation of 135 new jobs.

Molly Mc Adams, director at "Introducing Leaders" said: "We are very pleased to have entered into this key Strategic Sponsorship with Vianex SA and look forward to accompanying its directors to China."

Desy Karapchanska, director at "Introducing Leaders" added, "Vianex and its group companies are in a perfect partner for the delegation due to their growing experience of doing business in China. We welcome them on board."

Associate partners include the Hellenic Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise Greece (formerly Invest in Greece) with CEO, Stefanos Issias as acting head of the delegation.

Corporate sponsors of this high-profile delegation, the first of its kind to the WEF, AMNC, include Piraeus BankDolphin Capital Investors and Vianex SA with Goldair Tourism acting as hospitality and logistics partner.

09 September 2011

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