Business activities also lead to the resolution of political issues, Deputy Economy Minister Stergios Pitsiorlas said on Tuesday in an event to present the planned “Balkans and Black Sea Cooperation Forum: Rail. Road. Rivers connectivity to the EU via the Balkan Region” to be held in Thessaloniki, northern Greece next summer.
The forum, organised by the economy ministry in cooperation with Helexpo, will be held on May 30-June 1, 2018 with the participation of 55 foreign speakers and 500 delegates.
The forum’s objectives were presented to diplomats and representatives of international organisations, such as the European Commission, as well as entrepreneurs. The 2018 Forum will be devoted to the rail, road and river networks connecting the European Union and the Balkans, while the 2019 conference will focus on agri-food products.
The Balkan and Black Sea Cooperation Forum is a platform for communication, while private meetings are also arranged on its sidelines.
Through Greece’s privatisation program, Pitsiorlas said, the country has been in touch with enterpreneurial forces from different countries. Cosco invested in the Port of Piraeus and gained the interest of important international investors, Italian funds invested in TRAINOSE while in the next few days the privatisation of the port of Thessaloniki with a French company will be completed, while in the energy sector a large floating dock for liquefied natural gas with US funds will be created in Alexandroupolis.