From January 5th to 11th, a 12-member economic and trade delegation of the Kozani City in the West Macedonia Region of Greece led by its mayor Mr. Joanidis visited Wenzhou for business and cultural exchange. The visit was made possible thanks to the efforts of Bai Hongwei, an overseas Wenzhouese in Greece. During the visit, the delegation held activities to promote products made in Greece and carried out twinning-town exchange with Lucheng District. Mr. Yu Liqing, Deputy Secretary-General of the Wenzhou Municipal Government, met with and hosted dinner for the delegation.
Zhou Haiping, Deputy Director of Wenzhou Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office (WFOCAO), and Shen Hua, Deputy Director of the Municipal Bureau of Commerce, held talks with the delegation on January 6th . Zhou Haiping welcomed the delegation and briefed them on Wenzhou’s general situation and foreign contacts. He also inquired in detail about the production and sales of Saffron products in Kozani as well as the promotion, agency and market access of Kozani’s Saffron Cooperative in China. Shen Hua briefed the delegation members about Wenzhou’s economic and trade exchanges with Greece last year. According to him, the bilateral trade between Wenzhou and Greece in 2016 has totaled about 100 million US dollars with a year-on-year increase of 33%, indicating the great potentials for bilateral trade cooperation in the future.
Mayor Joanidis said that it is his honor to visit such a great country as China is. He said, since ancient times, Greece has been a place where Eastern and Western civilizations, ideas and products meet. As friendly relations between China and Greece have a long history, he hoped that the delegation’s visit may further enhance the friendship and cooperation between the two sides. He introduced the basic situation and industrial characteristics of Kozani City. Located in the northern Greece, Kozani is the historical, cultural, commercial and transportation center of the West Macedonia Region of Greece. The region is rich in saffron, leather, marble and wine products. The region is especially well-known for its saffron, which is recognized as one of the best quality in the world. An important issue on the agenda of the delegation in its visit to China is to participate in the launching ceremony of the cooperative project between Kozani Saffron Co-operative and China Crown Investment Group Co., Ltd. for the introduction of saffron products to the Chinese market.
During their stay in Wenzhou, the delegation will participate in the “Red Golden Brand Press Conference” to introduce and promote the saffron products of Kozani. Meanwhile, the delegation will also discuss with the Lucheng District Government on the establishment of twin-town friendly relations. The delegation’s visit in Wenzhou will be fully covered by reporters of the Greek official TV’s Sky Channel and Alpha Channel on the delegation.