|Chinese Ambassador Zou Xiaoli Attends the TIF|
On September 10, the 81st Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) was opened in Thessaloniki, the second largest city in northern Greece. Chinese Ambassador Zou Xiaoli was invited to attend the event.
In his address, Prime Minister Tsipras said that TIF is a platform for promoting the integration of new ideas, enhancing scientific innovation, and facilitating business exchanges. He underlined that Thessaloniki had become the economic and trade center of the Balkan Peninsular and a gateway to the whole Balkan region. He summarized various achievements of his government, announced action plans to stimulate economic growth and improve employment, and called upon various political parties to engage in dialogues so as to make joint efforts for economic recovery and sustainable development of the country.
In his address Prime Minister Tsipras also pointed out that China is Greece's comprehensive strategic partner and an important force to help Greece out of the economic crisis. He welcomed a more important role of Chinese companies in next year's TIF.
Before the opening ceremony, Ambassador Zou held conversations with Government Vice-President Yiannis Dragasakis, Minister of Interior and Administration Reconstruction Kouroumblis, Minister of Culture and Sports Baltas, and Minister of State Pappas.
As the guest country of honour of this year's TIF, Russia sent a large business delegation represented by Gazprom. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dvokovich conveyed the congratulations on the event from President Putin and read out the message of congratulations from Prime Minister Medvedev.