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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-09-07

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  • [01] FM visits ANA-MPA pavilion at TIF

  • [01] FM visits ANA-MPA pavilion at TIF

    FM visits ANA-MPA pavilion at TIF

    Foreign minister Dora Bakoyannis on Sunday visited the ANA-MPA pavilion at the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), where she was briefed on Greece's first internet television station developed by the news agency and its other services.

    Bakoyannis described the Athens News Agency-Macedonia Press Agency (ANA-MPA) endeavor for the development of internet TV as "very significant', while she also surfed the ANA-MPA website -- the news webpages which provide integrated information in the Greek, English, French and Russian languages, as well as the specialized web pages on the Greeks abroad, Southeast Europe and others -- noting that the national news agency was carrying out very important work.

    "The government has a mandate to work hard, under difficult conditions, and to successfully deal with the country's problems. That is our job, and we must do it well," Bakoyannis said earlier, replying to press questions after the inauguration of the foreign ministry's pavilion at the TIF.

    She said the foreign ministry has developed into a very productive ministry, which was also promoting economic diplomacy.

    The foreign minister noted that she had recently visited Kastoria, where she discussed the prospects of the Greek fur industry with local fur producers, adding that in the past it had been inconceivable that an ambassador would pick up her or his telephone and occupy himself/herself with a Greek enterprise abroad. This was happening today, and business missions were being organized to various countries, she added.

    Bakoyannis further said that Greek foreign policy had successes to boast, adding that Greece was a factor of stability in the wider region, had decisively faced the provocations by FYROM, and was at the same time working for the European prospect of the Balkan countries.

    The inauguration of the foreign ministry's pavilion was attended by US ambassador to Greece Daniel Speckhard, the US Consul General in Thessaloniki Hoyt Bryant Yee, and Thessaoniki prefect Panayiotis Psomiadis, among other officials.

    Several ministers and high-ranking government officials visited the ANA-MPA pavilion on Saturday, following a visit by Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis in the morning, as well as Athens journalists' union (ESHEA) president Panos Sobolos.

    The Athens News Agency-Macedonia Press Agency (ANA-MPA) new services are displayed on high resolution LCD screens within the agency's pavilion.

    Greece's national news agency is taking part in TIF with its own pavilion this year at the HELEXPO venue, opposite the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE) tower, from where it is covering all the TIF events on a daily basis with its press and technical staff, broadcasting live on its Internet hub the most significant events of the day, such as the inauguration ceremony, the prime minister's address, and the addresses of the main opposition leader and other opposition party leaders.

    It will also cover the planned events to be held in the framework of the TIF, while it will host political, economic and business officials at a studio it has set up at the TIF for interviews that will be broadcast on live webcasts.

    Caption: Foreign minister Dora Bakoyannis. (ANA-MPA)

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