The agreement was signed in Athens by SEV and the Turkish DEIK
in the presence of the Foreign Minister, Mrs. Dora Bakoyiannis
and her Turkish counterpart, Mr. Ali Babacan.
The signing in Athens this morning of an agreement on the setting up of the Greek-Turkish Business Council between SEV and the DEIK (Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey) has laid solid foundations for the expansion of Greek-Turkish business relations. The agreement was signed on behalf of SEV by its Secretary General and Head of International Affairs, Dr. Athanase Lavidas, with Mr. Selim Egeli, President of the Turkish-Greek Business Council, representing the DEIK.
The ceremony, which was held in a central hotel in Athens, was attended and addressed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Dora Bakoyiannis, and her Turkish counterpart, Mr. Ali Babacan, on a visit to our country. Mr. Halim Mete, Vice-President of the TOBB (Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey), also addressed the gathering, in the course of which meetings were also held between the Greek and Turkish businessmen in attendance.
In his address, Dr. Lavidas noted that “business communities have a specific role to play -a role of creation, through identifying opportunities, striking alliances and producing wealth, prosperity and social cohesion, thus opening up pathways towards closer friendship and cooperation between these two neighbouring peoples with their common goals and interests”. Dr. Lavidas stressed that the Greek-Turkish Business Council can provide an effective platform for seeking new forms of cooperation and alliances, boosting investment and bilateral trade, as well as joint action on other markets for the purpose of business development and social prosperity. It is part and parcel of SEV’s strategy for promoting outward-looking Greek enterprise, including through the setting up and operation of bilateral Business Councils on key target markets.
Concluding his address, Dr. Lavidas stated that “Turkey is a strategic economic partner in the modern business game played according to terms such as globalisation and competitiveness”.