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Greek PM heads delegation on two-day Qatar visit

Greece seeks equity partners in major infrastructure projects

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.

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Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will arrive in Doha on Tuesday for a two-day official visit, according to the Greek Embassy in Qatar.

Samaras will hold talks with Emir H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and Prime Minister and Foreign Minister H.E. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabor Al Thani.

The Prime Minister’s visit was originally planned for November last year, but had to be postponed due to a European Union summit.

Samaras will be accompanied by Minister of Defence Panos Panagiotopoulos, Minister of Development Kostas Hatzidakis, Deputy Minister of Development Notis Mitarachi, Minister of Tourism Olga Kefalogianni, Deputy Minister of Energy Assimakis Papageorgiou and the Secretary General for International Economic Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Panagiotis G. Mihalos.

A group of 65 top executives from 45 major Greek companies will also accompany the official ministerial delegation.

The Greek Ministers will meet their Qatari counterparts, as well as top officials from Qatar Holding, Qatari Diar and other state entities.

Greece is implementing a major privatisation programme that is expected to attract investment of about $20bn in the next three years.

Equity participation in state firms such as the State Lottery and the State Natural Gas Company, infrastructure projects (particularly regional ports and airports), as well as dozens of real-estate deals, are believed to be part of the privatisation programme.

In addition, a joint business council will be established between the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Federation of Greek Enterprises.

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