President and CEO of China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (COSCO) Wei Jiafu, who is currently on a four-day visit in Athens, met yesterday with President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias and Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Minister Louka Katseli.
"We discussed the development of Piraeus into a global service centre," Katseli said after meeting with Wei.

"The harbour is more than piers. This is about customer service, logistics, a trade hub, and Cosco is very interested in these services," she added.
On his part, Wei said that Cosco’s three partners in the CKYH Alliance will make Piraeus port their main entry point into Europe for cargo from Asia.
"Piraeus will be our primary port, not only for Cosco, but also for the alliance," said Wei, adding that the move will boost container traffic at the port, with the alliance’s aim to reach 800,000 containers this year.
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