FOURTH AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS SUMMIT
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  Thursday, May 3rd 2018
08:30 Registration and refreshments
09:00

Welcome and introduction
THE ECONOMIST’S FORECAST ON AGRIBUSINESS
John Andrews, consultant editor, The Economist

Official Opening-Keynote Address:
GLOBAL CHALLENGES AND THE FUTURE OF THE EUROPEAN AGRICULTURAL SECTOR
▪ How is Greece corresponding to EU initiatives?

Vangelis Apostolou, minister of agricultural development and food, Greece

09:20Discussion
09:30

THE CONTRIBUTION OF AGRIBUSINESS IN GREECE’S RECOVERY
Obstacles, incentives and goals

Vasilios Kokkalis, deputy minister of rural development and food, Greece
Tassos Haniotis, director, strategy, simplification and policy analysis, DG for agriculture and rural development, European Commission
Athanasios Tsaftaris, emeritus professor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, dean, Perrotis College, American Farm School, former minister of rural development and food, Greece
Fotini Arampatzi, MP, head of the agricultural development and food section, Nea Demokratia

10:10Discussion
10:30Coffee break
11:00AGRIBUSINESS IN GREECE: TRADITION, EXPERTISE, INNOVATION
Branded products for sophisticated global consumers
▪ Organic farming & food safety
▪ New marketing tools
▪ Educating the new generation of farmers

Michalis Anatolitis, vice-president, Association of Thessalian Enterprises and Industries (STHEV)
George Kasapidis, MP, Nea Demokratia
Emmanuel Domazakis, president & managing director, Creta Farms
George Katsouranis, managing director, Centre of Sustainable Entrepreneurship Excelixi
Vasileios Markou, president of the BoD, VIOLAR S.A., president, Hellenic Cotton Association of Ginners & Exporters
Dimitris Christou, director, market development, GS1 Association Greece 
11:40Discussion
12:00
A NEW MOMENTUM FOR THE COOPERATIVES

Panagiotis Kalfountzos, chairman of the BoD, THESGI Farmers’ Cooperative of Thessaly
Antonios Laskos, president, Agricultural Cooperative Union of Zagora-Pilio
Athanasios Vakalis, chairman of the BoD, THESgala cooperative
12:30Discussion
12:50Networking luncheon
14:20MAINSTREAM AND ALTERNATIVE FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS
▪ EU funds, CAP & the prospect of subsidising
▪ Contract farming: What’s new?
▪ Incentives for new farmers
▪ New financial tools for agricultural growth

Konstantinos Agorastos, governor, Region of Thessaly, president of the BoD, Union of Greek Regions
Charalambos Kasimis, secretary-general, agricultural policy and management of European funds, Ministry of Rural Development and Food, Greece
Ioannis Chaniotakis, director of agricultural sector operations development, Piraeus Bank
Ioannis Koufoudakis, CEO, GAIA EPICHEIREIN

▪ Business banking agro sector: Integrated solutions to support the agri-food sector
Panos Theodorou, head of strategy & analysis sector, small business segment general division, Eurobank

15:00Discussion
15:20CAPITALISING ON THE NATURAL WEALTH TO ACHIEVE GROWTH
▪ The significance of the propagating material
▪ The pivotal role of the varieties: Premium quality for profitable yields
▪ Protecting the environment, safeguarding consumers’ and producers’ health
▪ The institutional framework
▪ Bioeconomy and the agricultural sector

Frantzesca Ydraiou, director, Hellenic Crop Protection Association

In dialogue with business & academia
Sotirios Salis, chairman, Hellenic Union of Nurseries
John Boutselis, member of the BoD, Greek Seed Trade Association
George Skaracis, emeritus professor, Agricultural University of Athens

15:50Discussion
16:10Coffee break
16:30
INFRASTRUCTURE, RESEARCH, INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY FOR THE AGRICULTURE OF TOMORROW
▪ Precision farming • digital farming • smart agriculture
▪ R&D in the spotlight
▪ Water & soil management in the epoch of climate change
▪ Cooperation in the regional level
▪ How traditional farming can speed up the adoption of modern ag-technologies

Stelios Rallis
, secretary-general, Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media, Greece
Israel Fraier, chief executive officer, AgriTask
George Stamatis, marketing manager business mobile services, Wind Hellas
Mohammed Darawsheh, director, National Centre for Quality Control, Classification and Standardization of Cotton
Demetrios Iatrides, lawyer-economist, former special secretary for community, resources and infrastructure, Greece

Commentator:
Sotiris Bantas, founder & CEO, Centaur Analytics

Netted gardens and their contribution to agricultural economy
Constantinos Kittas, emeritus professor, University of Thessaly

17:20Discussion
17:40End of conference

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