Greek tourism, wine and olive oil could have a significant presence in the electronic platform of Alibaba Group, Rodrigo Cipriani Foresio, managing director of Alibaba for Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece said on Wednesday.
Addressing an event organized by the Athens Chamber of Tradesmen, Cipriani said that tourism was a sector with significant growth prospects, while products with comparative advantages such as wine and olive oil could also have a significant presence in the e-platform. He added that middle class Chinese consumers were very interested for international brands and particularly European products and services.
He noted there was a dynamic consumer category in China, belonging to the middle class, young in age and familiar with e-commerce and Internet, interested to travel to Greek islands and to buy Greek products.
Alibaba’s platform includes hundreds of millions of products in 40 different main categories. Buyers of these products are located in more than 190 countries and regions, exchanging 100,000 messages on a daily basis.
Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Mardas, addressing the event, said the Foreign ministry was examining the possibility of Greek commercial delegations to international trade fairs electronically. He noted that the ministry was searching for the right solutions from IT specialists and was expected to make announcements soon, and said that the calendar of commercial delegations for 2017 will be released soon.
Ioannis Hatzitheodosiou, president of the Athens Chamber of Tradesmen, said the event surpassed 500 participators, a proof of the interest among business world for export actions and e-commerce platforms.
He said that exports were an one-way road in this difficult environment prevailing in the Greek economy.
Christos Staikos, president of Enterprise Greece said the joining forces was a significant factor to lead the country out of the crisis.