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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-11-14

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM Karamanlis chairs Inner Cabinet meeting on employment ministry topics
  • [02] Greek GDP up 3.6 pct in 3rd quarter
  • [03] Deputy FM Doukas holds talks with Indian trade minister

  • [01] PM Karamanlis chairs Inner Cabinet meeting on employment ministry topics

    The Inner Cabinet was meeting on Wednesday, chaired by prime minister Costas Karamanlis, to discuss matters falling under the competency of the employment ministry.

    Before the meeting, Karamanlis conferred with national economy and finance minister George Alogoskoufis.

    Meanwhile, rumours of early general elections were rejected by ruling New Democracy (ND) party secretary Lefteris Zagoritis, in an exclusive interview with ANA-MPA. Zagoritis also said that the government's intention was that the new electoral law be passed in parliament in the first half of 2008.

    Zagoritis also said that the government's immediate priorities are the 2008 budget, the social insurance sector reforms, the Constitutional revision, the electoral law, and extending abstentee voting rights to Greeks abroad.

    [02] Greek GDP up 3.6 pct in 3rd quarter

    Greece's Gross Domestic Product grew by 3.6 pct in the third quarter of 2007, according to provisional estimates published by the National Statistics Service on Wednesday.

    Economic growth slowed by half a percentage point in the July-September period, compared with the second quarter of the year (GDP growth was 4.1 pct) and one percentage point compared with the third quarter of 2006 (GDP growth was 4.5 pct).

    NSS's officials said that because of the recent upward revision of Greek GDP it was not possible to publish estimates over GDP parameters in the third quarter of the year. The statistics service said the average growth rate of the nine-month period from January to September was 4.1 pct.

    [03] Deputy FM Doukas holds talks with Indian trade minister

    NEW DELHI (ANA-MPA/N. Melissova) - Indian Trade Minister Kamal Nath underlined the continuation of the Greek presence in India at political, economic and business level, following his meeting with visiting Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Petros Doukas and stressed that the visit to the country by Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis in January is expected with interest.

    Doukas said that "we are here to pave paths and to multiply trade and investments relations and this trend will begin to become evident in the coming weeks."

    What the Greek deputy foreign minister raised during his meetings with Indian officials was the need for the opening of the Indian market which is protected and state-controlled to a great degree.

    "We want you to see our presence here as an opportunity for both sides and not as a threat," he stressed.

    Lastly, Greek businessmen involved in the tourist sector are seeking possibilities for building hotels in India, which has increasing needs in the tourist sector as well.

    Caption: Greek deputy foreign minister Petros Doukas (r) with India's trade minister Kamal Nath. (ANA-MPA)


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