A new era starts for the Greek-Chinese Economic Council

ellinokineziko20-696x482On 9 February 2017 the 1st General Assembly of the Greek-Chinese Economic Council  gathered to electe its new 25-member Board of Directors and the 5-member Financial Audit Commission. George Tzogopoulos, founder of chinaandgreece.com was elected in the Board of Directors.

During the General Assembly, attended by Deputy Minister for the Economy and Development, Stergios Pitsiorlas, the Chairman of the Board Fotis Provatas presented GCECs’ Action Report, stressing that ” in 2011 we started as a small group of individuals from civil society in the framework of the City of Athens Municipal Council. After six years of systematic work, we have become the current 99-member Greek-Chinese Economic Council and with our first General Assembly we are moving dynamically ahead.” Mr. Provatas referred to the close cooperation of the GCEC with the competent government authorities, including the Deputy Prime Minister, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, State, Transport, Communications and of course with the Deputy Minister of Economy and Development. He also referred to the development of a wide Network of Partnerships in China, with central and local governments – including Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Qingdao – and with major Chinese business enterprises. “Already the Greek-Chinese Economic Council is represented by its President in various International Organizations based in China, while eleven of its members took part in the Prime Minister’s mission to China,” said Mr. Provatas.

In his speech, Deputy Minister of Economy and Developmentm Stergios Pitsiorlas, stressed that the Government is interested in even closer cooperation with China, which should advance with careful steps in the light of new international developments. He added that a Joint Committee of the two governments has already been set up to shape a Common Enterprise Policy, with the next meeting to take place in April. In addition, a Special Conference will take place in China in May. Finally he referred to the close co-operation with the Greek-Chinese Economic Council, emphasising that this will become even closer in the coming period.

The General Assembly was attended by influential Greek businessmen, by prominent members of the Greek business community established in China and by members of international economic organizations, who spoke about their experiences, the difficulties they have encountered, and the huge prospects which are opening up in the Chinese market for Greek entrepreneurship, which call for extroversion and methodical preparation.

The following members were elected:

Members of the Board

Askounis Kostas

Former President of the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece

Bregiannos Sotiris

Attorney-at-Law, Partner, S. N. Bregiannos – G. N. Bregiannos and Associates Law Firm

Chatzitheodosiou Ioannis 

President, Athens Chamber of Tradesmen

Kamarinakis Apostolos

Entrepreneur, C.E.O., Jet Energy Group

Kotsalos George

President, Dogus Hellas S.A.

Koukos Pantelis


Koumantakis George

Dr. Architect Engineer

Liagos Athanasios

Project coordinator for the country’s ports in Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF), Member of the Board of Directors of Piraeus Port Authority S.A.

Louloudakis Apostolos

Entrepreneur (Real Estate), Deputy Mayor of Hersonissos Crete

Melachroinos Kostis

Management Consultant, Public Power Corporation S.A. (PPC)

Meleas Giorgos

Marketing and Communication Specialist, C.E.O., “SMART MEDIA” Group

Palamarizis George

Consulting Engineer

Papapetros John

Attorney-at-Law, Managing Partner, V & P Law Firm

Papathanasiou Sakis

President and CEO, Technopolis S.A.

Polykarpou Andreas

General Director G & E Greece, Cyprus, Israel, ZTE HELLAS TELECOMUNICATIONS S.A.

Provatas Fotis

CEO, EUROCHINESE DEVELOPMENT, Former Athens City’s Delegate for the Economic Cooperation with the P.R. of China

Sakellaridis Christina

Businesswoman, President of Panhellenic Exporters Association

Samprakou Ioanna

Vice Chair, Hellenic Association of Computer Engineers (HACE)

Savvakis Athanassios


Theodoridis Nicholas


Tzogopoulos George

Founder of chinaandgreece.com, Journalist, Chinese newspapars and portals

Tzortzakis Pantelis

President and CEO, INNOGROWTH

Vaghena Chryssanthi

Expert Minister Counselor A

Vamvoukas Anastasios

Mayor of Chania

Vernicos Georgios

President of the European Economic and Social Committee, Secretary General of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE)


Members of Financial Audit Commission

Kardaras Dimitrios

Assistant Professor, Athens University of Economics and Business, Co-Director of Confucius Institute

Papavasilopoulos George

Professor, National Technical University of Athens

Spyropoulou Nana

President and CEO, HELLINIKON S.A.

Tsiatsiamis Alexandros

Economist, C.E.O., “AT Managment” S.A.

Tsilimingas Takis

Consulting Engineer