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Dear Delegates, Dear Exporters,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Annual Conference of the Panhellenic Exporters Association, which takes place in cooperation with President Mr.Markos Drakotos and the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce of New York, under unexpectedly unprecedented conditions, under the influence of the pandemic and in a rapidly changing international environment. The coronavirus forced us to reconsider our strategy. However, we believe that the digital environment will be conducive to productive ideas and challenges and will create new opportunities for our exports and investments that will contribute positively to the development of our economy.

After all, as John Kennedy often said, “The Crisis in Chinese is written in 2 letters, one means Danger and the other Opportunity. We choose the second. I wish good luck to all of us.

Do not forget that the motto of the PSE is:

With Exporters for Exports from 1945 to 2020 (75 Years)

Thank you very much and we will meet again live healthy and strong!

CHRISTINA SAKELLARIDIS

President Panhellenic Exporters Association

Καλωσορίσατε,

I would like to start off by thanking Ms. Christina Sakellaridis and the Panhellenic Exporters Association for inviting us to join with them in putting together this joint Forum celebrating Panhellenic Exporters Association’s 75th anniversary. The Panhellenic Exporters Association showed its strength and ability to reinvent itself for the better during these difficult times. Together we say “OHI” to a misunderstood disease, to a lack of belief in Greek resiliency, to those who are mistaken as to what Greece and its people are able to produce, accomplish and overcome. Events as this Forum, spanning from one continent to another, create one voice with a never-ending echo chanting our potential. We are looking forward to our continued cooperation with the Panhellenic Exporters Association and also with forging an ever-blossoming alliance with the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Markos L. Drakotos Esq.
President Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce

Speakers



Schedule



GR 10:30
NY 03:30
WELCOME SPEECHES

Christina Sakellaridis, President of Panhellenic Exporters Association
Markos L. Drakotos Esq., President Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce

GR 10:35
NY 03:35
OFFICIAL OPENING

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America

Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of Greece

Nikos Dendias, Minister of Foreign Affairs

GR 10:45
NY 03:45
CELEBRATING EXPORTERS 75TH ANNIVERSARY

Christina Sakellaridis, President of Panhellenic Exporters Association

GR 10:50
NY 03:50
ECONOMY, DEVELOPMENT & INVESTMENTS, HIGH QUALITY AGRICULTURE PRODUCTION & TOURISM, DIGITAL GOVERNANCE

Moderator: Fanis Zois , Journalist Naftemporiki
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Christos Staikouras, Minister of Finance
Adonis Georgiadis, Minister of Development and Investments
Mavroudis Voridis, Minister of Rural Development and Food
Harry Theocharis, Minister of Tourism
Kyriakos Pierrakakis, Minister of Digital Governance

Discussion

Break

GR 11:40
NY 04:40
THE CONTRIBUTION OF ECONOMIC DIPLOMACY IN THE PROMOTION OF EXPORTS

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Kostas Fragogiannis, Deputy Minister for Economic Diplomacy and Openness

THE CONTRIBUTION OF CUSTOMS AUTHORITIES IN THE PROMOTION OF EXPORTS
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
George Pitsilis, Governor of the Independent Authority for Public Revenue

THE CONTRIBUTION OF CHAMBERS IN THE PROMOTION OF EXPORTS
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Konstantinos Michalos, President of Central Union Of Chambers
President Athens Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ACCI)

Moderator:  Fanis Zois, Journalist Naftemporiki

Discussion

Break

GR 12:15
NY 05:15
THE DYNAMIC CONTRIBUTION OF COMPANIES & BEST PRACTICES FOR GROWTH & EXPORTS

Moderator: Fanis Zois , Journalist Naftemporiki
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Michalis Stasinopoulos, Member BoD, Viohalco
Marina Ofloudi-Giavroglou, President, Soya Mills Int’l, President, ICCI Women Hellas
Julia Chaida, Vice President, Iktinos Hellas S.A., President of Marble Association of Macedonia-Thrace (SEMMTH)

Discussion

Break

GR 12:50
NY 05:50
THE CONTRIBUTION OF BANKS TO GROWTH & EXPORTS

Moderator: Fanis Zois , Journalist Naftemporiki
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Fokion Karavias, Chief Executive Officer, Eurobank SA
Athina Chatzipetrou, Chief Executive Officer, Hellenic Development Bank
Nancy Papaioannou President, Atlantic Bank, NYCB

Discussion

Break

GR 13:25
NY 06:25
EXTROVERSION SUPPORT PILLARS

Moderator: Fanis Zois , Journalist Naftemporiki
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Smirlis Ioannis, General Secretary for Economic Diplomacy and Openness,
President of Enterprise Greece
Grigoris Stamatopoulos, General Manager, Export Credit Insurance Organization
Maria Papazarkada, Country Manager Greece & Cyprus, Compagnie Française d’Assurance pour le Commerce Extérieur (Coface Greek Branch)

Discussion

Break

GR 14:05
NY 07:05
GREETINGS TO NEW YORK AUDIENCE

Christina Sakellaridis, President of Panhellenic Exporters Association
Markos L. Drakotos Esq., President of Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce

OPENING REMARKS FOR NEW YORK AUDIENCE
His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America

Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of Greece
Nikos Dendias, Minister of Foreign Affairs

GR 14:15
NY 07:15
THE IMPORTANCE OF TRANSPORTATION COSTS-TIME-SAFETY

Moderator: Nicolas A. Vernicos, Shipowner, President Emeritus ICC-Hellas
Member of the board Hellenic Chamber of Shipping

PANELISTS
Iro Doumani, General Manager, Hellenic Federation of Road Transports (OFAE)
Clay Maitland, Managing Partner at International Registries, Inc.,
NAMEPA Founding Chairman
Marina Hadjipateras, Co-Founder and General Partner at TMV
Kallinikos Kallinikos, Executive Vice President of GoldAir Group
Vasilios Koutsis, Former President Piraeus Port and Secretary General of
The Ministry of Shipping

Discussion

GR 15:10
NY 08:10
GREEK TOURISM, GREEK MEDITERRANEAN DIET, GREEK GASTRONOMY

Moderator: George Ν. Zapantis, Esq., The Law Office of George N. Zapantis

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Angela Gerekou, President, Greek Tourism Organization

PANELISTS
Nicky Giavroglou, CEO, Hellenic Fine Oils
Alexandra Pitta – Chazapi, Managing Director, ATTIKI Bee Culturing Company
Nick Livanos, Owner of Livanos Restaurant Group (Oceana, Molyvos, Ousia, Moderne Barn, City Limits)
John Stavros, Co-Owner-Distributor Terra Medi, Elea, Kyma
Diane Kochilas, Chef, Author, My Greek Table PBS

Discussion

Break

GR 16:00
NY 09:00
ECONOMIC CLIMATE IN GREECE- INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN EXPORT COMPANIES AND PRODUCTS- GOVERNMENT SUPPORT TO EXPORTS

Moderator: Lou Katsos, President, Jekmar Associates, Inc.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Adonis Georgiadis, Minister of Development and Investments

WHAT BUYERS AND INVESTORS ARE LOOKING FOR?

PANELISTS
John Catsimatidis, Owner, President, Chairman, and CEO of Red Apple Group
Dean Metropoulos, Chairman and CEO C. Dean Metropoulos and Co.
John Calamos, Founder, Chairman and Global CIO of Calamos Investments

Discussion

GR 16:35
NY 09:35
VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION OF THE CHAMBERS

Moderator: Eftihia Pylarinou Piper
Sr VP Red Apple Group NY- former President ETVA Bank Greece

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Takis Theodorikakos, Minister of Interior     

PANELISTS
Konstantinos Koutras, Consul General of Greece in New York
Markos L. Drakotos Esq., President Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce
Konstantinos Michalos, President of Central Union of Chambers
President Athens Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ACCI)

PRESENTATION OF THE SISTERHOOD OF THE HELLENIC-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (HACC) AND THE ATHENS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY (ACCI) GREECE
LIVE PRESENTATION IN GREECE
Antonis Contomichalos, HACC to present Konstantinos Michalos with sisterhood documents.

Discussion (5min)

PRESENTATION OF THE SISTERHOOD OF THE HELLENIC-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (HACC) AND THE ATHENS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY (ACCI) GREECE
LIVE PRESENTATION IN GREECE

Antonis Contomichalos, Founder and President McArthur Capital Group, Member of the Board HACC

Break

GR 17:15
NY 10:15
LICENSING REQUIREMENTS TO ENTER THE US MARKETS THE ROLE OF THE DISTRIBUTOR

Moderator Nikolas Katsimpras, Columbia University - Conflict Resolution lecturer – Consultant

PANELISTS
George Michailidis, Head of the Greek Trade Office at Consulate General of Greece in New York
Andreas Koutsoudakis, Esq, KI Legal, General Counsel, Litigation, and Transactions
Michael Iakovou, Esq., KI Legal, General Counsel, Litigation, and Transactions
Kostas Mastoras, President, Optimum Foods
Ted Economou, General Manager, Loumidis Foods

Discussion

GR 17:50
NY 10:50
CLOSING REMARKS

Christina Sakellaridis, President, Panhellenic Exporters Association
Markos L. Drakotos Esq., President Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce

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