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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-05-13

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  • [01] UN World Food Programme's Powell praises Greece for food aid sent to tsunami victims
  • [02] Deputy Tourism Minister Liaskos to visit Japan May 16-23

  • [01] UN World Food Programme's Powell praises Greece for food aid sent to tsunami victims

    The United Nations' World Food Programme deputy executive director John Powell on Thursday praised the Greek government and people for the food aid that was forthcoming following the massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami that struck SE Asia on Boxing Day, in talks with Greece's deputy FM Evripidis Stylianidis.

    The foreign ministry has provided two million euros in food aid for tsounami victims, through the World Food Programme, whose alternate general director reassured on Thursday, during his meeting with Stylianidis, that out of every euro 93 cent reached their destination and the cost was restricted to only 7 percent.

    Out of the two million euros (which constitute part of the total 10 million euros from Greece delivered to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan), one million euros have been forwarded to Somalia and the other million to the remaining countries affected by the tsunami.

    Stylianidis said Greece is also donating 200,000 dollars as a two-year contribution to the World Food Programme, an organisation which is active in combatting starvation.

    The World Food Programme's alternate director John Powell thanked the Greek government, Stylianidis and the Greek people for their generosity and stressed that his visit here is an opportunity for him to contact Greek non-governmental organisations, which are active in the food aid sector, for the strengthening of their cooperation and action.

    Stylianidis further said that "the humanity of the Greek people emerged through the regrettable event of the disaster caused by the tsunami and the wave of volunteerism which operated during the Olympic Games was strengthened."

    [02] Deputy Tourism Minister Liaskos to visit Japan May 16-23

    Deputy Tourism Minister Anastasios Liaskos will visit Japan from May 16-23, participating in the Greek delegation which, headed by Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis, will visit the exhibition Expo Aichi on the occasion of "Greece Day" on May 20.

    Liaskos will speak on the business opportunities in Greek tourism at a conference on the theme "Greece: Business opportunities in the heart of Southeast Europe" which will take place in Tokyo on May 18.

    Liaskos will have a series of contacts with officials of the tourism market, will visit the Greek pavilion at the exhibition and give press conferences to Japanese and international mass media on Greek tourism and the prospects for its development within the framework of the new measures and policies which Greece is implementing.

    EXPO 2005, the 2005 World Exposition taking place in the Japanese prefecture of Aichi, which lasts for six months, running from March 25 to September 25, constitutes one of the greatest exhibition events of the past decades, at which 127 countries are particpating, including all the European Union countries, while the number of visitors is expected to exceed 15 million.

    According to the programme of the official Greek mission, Liaskos will visit Kyoto, Nagoya and Osaka.

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