“Our common goal is to make Piraeus Port the largest port in Europe,” Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Cosco’s president stressed during the prime minister’s visit to the Chinese company headquarters in Shanghai.
The prime minister was greeted warmly by Cosco workers holding flags of both countries. Cosco President Xu Lirong, who until recently led the company’s investment in Greece, thanked the prime minister for the quick approval of the new master plan, which – as he stressed – is a milestone for future cooperation between the two sides.
“Your presence in Piraeus in April gave us strength. Today Piraeus is the largest port in the Mediterranean and among the 10 largest in the world, “said the president of the Chinese colossus. “When I visited you as the leader of the opposition, I had told you that if the Greek people trusted us, we would move quickly to approve the master plan. Indeed, on July 7, the Greek people instructed us to implement our financial plan. We did nothing other than what we were committed to the Greek people. I look forward to the completion of your investment plan, which will also develop other aspects of Piraeus, “said Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
The prime minister recalled that the ND government under Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis envisioned and took the first steps towards this important investment, while at the time there was a great deal of reaction and suspicion about its usefulness. “The reality itself has at least denied the bona fide critics. The results speak for themselves.
“A port that was underutilized, you made it the largest in the Mediterranean with 3,000 jobs and many other indirect jobs related to the port,” Mitsotakis said. He emphasized that the investment “materialized during a deep financial crisis” and added: “Your company and China believed and invested in my home country when many considered investment prospects to be non-existent.”
In the presence of Piraeus Mayor Yiannis Moralis, Kyriakos Mitsotakis spoke about the active involvement of the city municipality in the development of the master plan, so that the investment would be beneficial for both the economy and society.