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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-01-29

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  • [01] Regional development main goal, Development Min says

  • [01] Regional development main goal, Development Min says

    Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas said that regional development will be at the core of the government's development initiatives in the near-term future, in comments he made as he inaugurated a development conference in Drama on Saturday.

    Sioufas underscored the importance of natural gas installations in Drama's Industrial Zone as well as the importance of this energy source for household use.

    He said that the government, through similar actions and interventions on a daily basis, shows its concern for comprehensive regional development.

    Sioufas also made particular mention to the EU funds Greece succeeded in securing for the 2007-2013 period, which for the most part will be allocated for regions' economic support and improving infrastructure.

    As for Drama, he said that the prefecture is showing signs of rapid development, an advantage that should be capitalised upon.

    On his part, Deputy Finance Minister Christos Folias said that the government aims to make Greek regions the centre of the developmental strategy it has undertaken.

    "We won the Olympic Games bet, now the time has come for us to win the bet for total and comprehensive development of Greek regions and to highlight the competitive advantages each region has to offer, because from now on the reality is that we only have challenges ahead," he said.

    Deputy Minister for Tourism Development Anastasios Liaskos said that tourism is key in terms of regional development, particularly in regions lacking in other forms of productive potential.

    On his part, Drama Prefect Constantinos Evmiridis stressed the need for drawing up developmental guidelines for the prefecture.

    He said that one of the local government's key goals is to act dynamically and agressively, not to engage in bureaucratic and dead-end efforts that lead nowhere.

    The two-day conference is being organised by the Drama Prefecture in cooperation with the Regional Union of Municipalities and Communities of Drama under the auspices of the Eastern Macedonia-Thrace Region and the Macedonia-Thrace Ministry.

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