Jordan, Greece discuss economic cooperation

Chairman of Amman Chamber of Commerce (ACC), Khalil Hajj Tawfiq, called for strengthening economic cooperation with Greece in line with the level of distinguished political relations between the two countries.

During his meeting on Wednesday with the Greek Ambassador to Jordan, Eleftheria Galathianaki, he said there is a significant weakness in the two countries’ trade exchange, which requires more work to increase it.

Haj Tawfiq underlined the importance of reactivating the agreement signed between the ACC and Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry nine years ago, and amending its terms to ensure increased trade exchanges and enhancing joint cooperation in various economic fields.

To achieve increased cooperation, he called on delegations from diverse Greek economic sectors to visit the Kingdom to see its trade and investment opportunities.

He also stressed the importance of tourism cooperation with the Greek side,, especially in light of the presence of direct flights between the two countries on several airlines, particularly the Royal Jordanian, Aegean Airlines (Aegean) and Ryanair.

For her part, Galathianaki stressed the necessity of exchanging visits of economic delegations to enhance trade relations, calling on the trade sector to participate in the Greek rice promotion event that will be held in Amman on February 27th.

The envoy also noted the Embassy has doubled the number of entry visa applications accepted for Jordanians wishing to visit Greece, inviting the Jordanian private sector to visit Greece and see the investment opportunities available there.

On future cooperation prospects, she emphasized her country’s keenness to import Jordanian products, industrial materials and minerals such as phosphates, noting the Greek side had put forward a proposal to establish a business council as a joint body that brings Greek business community together with their Jordanian counterparts.

The Kingdom’s exports to Greece amounted to $11 million last year, in metals, chemical industries, plastics, machinery and electrical appliances, compared to about $45 million in imports.

Source: Jordan News Agency