The importance of the close cooperation among Greece, Cyprus and Egypt was underlined at the conference “Mediterranean, our own sea, our own country” that was hosted at the conference hall of the Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media Ministry on Saturday.
The aim of the conference is the further strengthening of the relations of the three countries and the networking of professionals from the fields of Audiovisual, Tourism and Shipping and the exploitation of the intercultural past through the promotion of the potential that are opening in the future.
Digital Policy Minister Nikos Pappas noted that Egypt, Greece and Cyprus compose a common historic and geographical region with commercial and cultural relations of many centuries. “Our countries cooperate and upgrade their infrastructures as hubs of innovation and as hubs of energy and transport” he said and referred to the memoranda of cooperation co-signed by the governments of Athens, Nicosia and Cairo in the sectors of technology, SMEs and startups.
He said that a series of programmes are being drawn up through joint ventures by the industries and by the academic area but also by governmental agencies while synergies between individual sectors in specific areas of technology, computing and telecommunications are being encouraged by the creation of networks. “The development of trilateral relations is a strategic choice for the promotion of the role of the countries as strong poles of attraction of international tourist flows in specific forms of tourism as the cultural, pilgrimage, scuba diving, medical, ecotourism and cruise”, noting that 40 pct of the world energy is passing through our seas.
Shipping Minister Fotis Kouvelis said that “Greece, a traditional and indisputable shipping power, is adapting to the new challenges and modernises its institutional framework and reduces the bureaucracy”.
He referred to the hard work for the invigoration of the major shipyards in Elefsina, Skaramangas and Neorio saying that the Shipping Ministry is looking forward to the further development of the trilateral cooperation.
On her part, Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura referred to the series of world awards that Greece received for its performance in the sector of tourism. “With vision and political volition we had spectacular results. Our strategy was based on collaborations with the private sector and the co-responsible ministries but also on the relations with countries with which we have a long friendship”.
Deputy Digital Policy Minister said that the audiovisual sector is growing fast and is getting more and more competitive “This sector is not only for money, it helps in the rescuing of the language, the promotion of culture and is building relations among the peoples. He also referred to Greece’s advantages as investment for the film industry. “Apart from the financial incentives, Greece offers some essential advantages as the diversity of the landscape, the plethora of monuments of different cultures, the short distance between the mountain and the sea and the highly trained people that can support such productions”.
The conference was held under the auspices of Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades.