The MEDITERRANEAN DIET ROUNDTABLE Conference supported by the Cyprus Trade Center in New York was held at Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, Washington D.C. on June 27th, 2019. The Keynote Speech was delivered by Trade Commissioner for North America, Hon. Aristos Constantine.
Excerpts from Trade Commissioner’s Speech:
“We need to bring our small-scale farmers and producers into the global value chain… they are the foundation of the Mediterranean Diet and are crucial components of our cultural, ecological and agricultural-diversity and identity. They can and should sustainably provide multiple goods and services for export.”
“I firmly believe in the significant mutual value and benefit that can be gained through deepening and strengthening ties within our region in the spirit of solidarity. While it is true that each of us needs to promote our respective industries and products, it is equally true that we have no need to compete with each other. We of the Mediterranean are all, both collectively and individually, integral parts of the Mediterranean Diet and when we collaborate, as we are doing here today, the benefits to us all surpass any possible from independent efforts we might make.”
You may see the event video here.