Greek in­vest­ment in Ser­bia ex­ceeds 2 bil­lion eu­ros

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Greek en­ter­prises top the list of for­eign in­vestors in Ser­bia as more than 250 lo­cal com­pa­nies are ac­tive there, a busi­ness con­fer­ence in Athens ti­tled ‘Busi­ness Op­por­tu­ni­ties in Ser­bia’ heard yes­ter­day. Ser­bia’s Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Bozi­dar Djelic (pic­tured) said that there is great in­ter­est in his coun­try for Greek im­ports, stat­ing that ‘we want prod­ucts from Greece be­yond just fruit and feta cheese.’ He went on to es­ti­mate that Ser­bian tourists to Greece will reach 1 mil­lion this year from 700,000 last year, plac­ing the Balkan coun­try in the top three of Greece’s tourism mar­kets. He added that the two coun­tries are well on their way to lift­ing coun­ter­in­cen­tives for busi­ness growth and co­op­er­a­tion. Con­stanti­nos Micha­los, the head of the Athens Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try that hosted the event, sug­gested that Ser­bia re­mains one of the top mar­kets for Greek com­pa­nies, with to­tal Greek cap­i­tal in­vested there ex­ceed­ing 2 bil­lion eu­ros. He added that in­ter­est is grow­ing. Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Spy­ros Kou­velis said Greek banks can be the spring­board for more in­vest­ment in Ser­bia, where they have a 16 per­cent share of the credit mar­ket.

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