Athens 2 February 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“Greece, Serbia and Montenegro. Partnership Initiative”
Conference and Exhibition
Athens Hilton Hotel
8, 9 and 10 February 2005
11 February 2005 Belgrade
Lifeline Hellas Humanitarian Organisation is organising the largest conference ever to be held in Greece to promote financial investment and partnership between Greece, Serbia and Montenegro. The conference and exhibition “Greece, Serbia and Montenegro – Partnership Initiative” will be held 8, 9 and 10 of February at the Athens Hilton Hotel and 11 February in Belgrade. The event is under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Development and the Serbian Ministry of International Financial Relations.
This noteworthy initiative aims to discuss the business opportunities between the two countries, with the view to facilitating the development of business relations and investments between, as well as to create new jobs in Serbia and Montenegro, where there are significant business opportunities.
The event begins on Tuesday 8 February, with the speech of the HE Boris Tadic President of the Republic of Serbia, at the official dinner at the Athens Hilton. The conference will be officially opened Wednesday 9 February by HE Boris Tadic President of the Republic of Serbia and the Mrs. Anna Psarouda–Benaki Speaker of The House of the Greek Parliament. Salutations will be delivered by Mr. Dimitris Sioufas Greek Minister of Development and HRH Crown Prince Alexander.
At the political level the distinguished conference panel include HE Dimitris Sioufas the Minister of Development, HE Prokopis Pavlopoulos Minister of the Interior, HE Dimitris Avramopoulos Minister of Tourism, HE Nicos Tsiartsionis Minister of Macedonia and Thrace, HE Milan Parivodic Minister of International Financial Relations of Serbia, HE Velimir Ilic Minister of Capital Investments of Serbia, HE Radomir Naumov Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy of Serbia, Mr. Goran Andjelic representing the Minister of Finance of Serbia, Mr Srdjan Sreckovic Deputy Minister of Trade Tourism and Services of Serbia, Ms. Zora Simovic Deputy Minister of Finance of Serbia, Mr. Danilo Golubovic Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of Serbia, Mr. Vlajko Senic Deputy Minister of Trade, Tourism and Services of Serbia, Mr. Vlatko Sekulovic Deputy Minister of International Financial Relations of Serbia, Mr. Christos Folias Deputy Minister of the Economy of Greece, Mr. Euripides Stylianidis Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Mr. George Salagoudis Deputy Minister of Development and Energy, Mr. Anastasios Liaskos Deputy Minister of Tourism, Mr. Dimitrios Vrettakos Secretary General of Trade, Mr. Athanasios Kouloumbis Secretary General of Co-financed Public Works and Ms. Anna Diamantopoulou Member of the Greek Parliament.
In addition the conference will be attended and addressed by Mr Radovan Jelasic Governor of the National Bank of Serbia, Ms. Carolyn Jungr World Bank Country Manager in Serbia, Mr. Ulf Hindstrom, Deputy Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Mr. Aleksandar Vlahovic former Minister of Privatisation of Serbia, Mr. Goran Pitic former Minister of International Financial Relations of Serbia, Mr. Constantinos Andreopoulos European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Mr. Constantinos Papadopoulos, European Affairs Consultant EFG Eurobank, Ms. Orsalia Kalantzopoulou World Bank Coordinator for South Eastern Europe, Mr. Athanasios Kouloumbis Secretary General of Co-Financed Public Works, Mr. Bozidar Djelic former Minister of Finance of Serbia.
The conference will also be attended by officials representing the two countries as well as by distinguished businesspersons including Mr. Slobodan Milosavljevic President of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ms. Jesna Matic Director of the Serbian Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SIEPA), Ms. Christina Sakellaridis President of the Hellenic Exporters Association, Mr. Anestis Philippidis President of OPAP, Mr. Christos Koskinas President of the Hellenic Sugar Industry, Mr. Periclis Venieris Regional Director of Coca-Cola 3E, Mr. Nicos Veropoulos President of Super Vero, Mr. Constantinos Gondikas Managing Director of NOVATOR, Mr. Dejan Cvetkovic Country Manager Microsoft Serbia, Mr. Veselin Jevrosimovic President of Com Trade from Serbia, Mr. Leonardos–Odysseas Vlamis CEO Olympic Airlines, Mr. Εlisha Yanay Senior Vice President Motorola ING, Mr. Panagiotis Koutsikos Secretary General of Athens Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Nicos Vernicos President of the International Chamber of Commerce, Mr Stephanos Costopoulos President of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and other prominent representatives of the business world.
The conference will address a range of important themes, such as financial co-operation between Greece and Serbia and Montenegro, opportunities and financing programmes, and exchange of business experiences. In addition thematic workshops will be organised 10 February covering a number of issues such as Energy and Mineral Resources, Banking – Share Capital and Insurance, Agricultural Businesses, Real Estate, Computing and Telecommunications, Public Works and Construction, and Tourism and Transportation.
The conference sponsors are OPAP, NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE, COCA COLA 3E, EUROBANK, OLYMPIC AIRLINES, MOTOROLA, JAT AIRWAYS, HELLINOEKTYPOTIKI, VEROPOULOS SUPER MARKET GROUP, ALPINE and DELOITTE. The conference is also supported by the ATHENS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, the CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY OF SERBIA, SIEPA, ICC, UNIDO, the AMERICAN-HELLENIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, ASSOCIATION OF GREEK INDUSTRIES and ASSOCIATION OF ADVERTISING AGENCIES.
For further information, please contact 210 9851477 and 210 3634570