ATHENS, China (XINHUA) — Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has praised his country’s win-win cooperation with China as he renews efforts to rebuild the country.
He made the remarks on Saturday at the opening ceremony of the 84th Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), the country’s largest annual commercial exhibition, held in the northern port city of Thessaloniki.
Mitsotakis noted that the “flagship project” China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO Group) has made at the Piraeus Port amid the decade-long debt crisis is expected to generate new wealth to distribute to austerity-hit citizens.
“COSCO submitted a bolder master plan which includes more investments for the expansion of sea cruise piers, new infrastructure and construction of hotels,” said Mitsotakis, adding that the Ministry of Shipping will have a response next month.
“The total worth of the investment is about 800 million euros (880 million US dollars) and 2,500 people will work during the works stage, while 3,000 permanent new job positions will be created,” he said, referring to a few figures highlighting the project’s benefits for the local economy.
The mutually-beneficial cooperation between the two countries also extends to education, said Mitsotakis at a press conference at the TIF’s venue on Sunday.
The Greek government intends to launch programs at various Greek universities in English to attract more Chinese students, Mitsotakis said.