In March 2010, a delegation of ten members of WIMA (the Worldwide Industrial & Marine Association) travelled to France from Greece upon invitation by the Riviera Yachting Network (RYNetwork) in Toulon to return the visit that RYNetwork members had recently made to Greece , where the initial Memorandum of Cooperation between the two Associations was signed.
The Greek mission was accompanied by Mrs. Thaleia Yiannopoulou, Commercial Attaché of the French Embassy in Greece , who tended to the organization and details of the Greek mission in France .
With great enthusiasm and hospitality, RYNetwork’s members and staff received the group of WIMA’s representatives, as well as the Managing Director of Flisvos Marina, Mr. Stavros Katsikadis and the President of the Board of Directors of KOS INVESTMENTS S.A., Mr. Nikolaos Kantarzis who completed the Greek mission. The meetings and contacts which followed were very promising for future collaboration.
The visit, which took place from the 7th – 10th March 2010, began with a tour of the Training Centre of Maritime Professions in Toulon, followed by a brief presentation of WIMA and the company members participating in the trip to France, a presentation of Flisvos Marina and the investment opportunities on the Greek island of Kos.
The presentations were concluded with the signature of a 2nd Memorandum of Understanding between the two Associations, based on the subject of cooperation and mutual representation in their respective countries. Aside from the attending representatives of the local authorities and members of the press, present was also the General Consul of Greece in Marseille, Mr. Antonis Alexandridis, who, during his speech, stressed the value and importance of such a cooperation between France and Greece.
The President of WIMA, Mr. E. Drakopoulos commented that new horizons have now opened for WIMA’s members, as far as their international activities are concerned, through the development of business relations, including meetings and visits with foreign companies sharing similar activities.
During the course of the visit, B2B meetings were held between members of WIMA and members of RYNetwork, where the development of mutually beneficial future collaborations were discussed, mainly concerning the field of YACHTING. Overall,the trip to France was an excellent opportunity for the promotion of WIMA and its members’ activities on an international level, and to set the foundation for similar international partnerships in the near future.