Greece Sees Message of Support by the U.S. in Commerce Secretary Ross Visit



The US is the honorary country at the Thessaloniki International Fair

The Greek government says that Friday’s meeting between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross highlights the important role of Greek-American relations in the country’s exit from the crisis.

Tsipras and Ross will meet on Friday afternoon in Thessaloniki, on the eve of the opening of the 83rd Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), where the U.S. is the honorary country.

The Athens News Agency quotes a government source as saying that the extensive presence of American businesses and commerce officials at the fair sends an indisputable message of support to the Greek economy and its prospects.

The same source added: “It is clear that the U.S. did not rest on the symbolism of being an honorary country at TIF, but they see it as a starting point for further bolstering economic collaboration between the two countries.”

The source revealed that the agenda of the Tsipras’ meeting with the American commerce secretary will include Greece’s growth potential and an exploration of those sectors in which American investors are most interested in investing.

The Greek premier will also meet with top-level officials and CEOs of large American companies attending TIF. The sectors represented at the fair include energy, financial services, pharmaceuticals, foods, shipyard repairs, and recycling.