Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras welcomed U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt as they cut the ribbon at the United States Pavilion of the annual Thessaloniki International Fair, an annual event in Greece’s second largest city that attracts hundreds of thousands of business people from throughout the world.
Every year, a nation is selected as “Honored Nation” and a host of focus events take place honoring that nation, including the official opening at the honored nation’s pavilion by the Greek prime minister.
The United States pavilion includes dozens of businesses, cultural and educational institutions that share a U.S.-Greek connection, including companies like Google and Microsoft and organizations like the Hellenic American University, the Fulbright Foundation and AHEPA.
The fair also included hundreds of businesses from throughout the world seeking to share their products and services with Greek, Balkan and global audiences and also included an impressive series of cultural and business events throughout its 10-day run.
The United States Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt, spearheaded this year’s effort to enlist a huge U.S. presence at the trade fair and also encouraged American leadership at numerous entrepreneurship seminars and workshops organized by or supported by the U.S. Mission to Greece and other American entities.
The trade fair lasts 10 days and is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of people from throughout the world.
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