outgoing greek ambassodor.jpgOutgoing Greek Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Mikhail Koukakis has bade farewell to the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces President Robert Mugabe at his Munhumutapa offices in Harare.


Mr Koukakis who has been in the diplomatic service of his country for 35 years is retiring to his Crete island home in Greece after a two and half year tour of duty in Zimbabwe.


He took over from Mr.  Dimitri Alexandrakis who was moved by his country to the United Nations headquarters in New York after carrying out several developmental projects in the areas of health and education especially in Chikomba and Sadza where the Greek embassy worked closely with the late Minister of Information and Publicity Cde Tichaona Jokonya.


Greece was among the first European countries to open an embassy in Zimbabwe after independence. The European country also gave support to Zimbabwe’s independence struggle and after 1980 awarded scholarships to many Zimbabwean students to study medicine, pharmacy and related fields in Greece.


 Cde Mugabe has commended the Hellenic community in Zimbabwe for the role it has played in the development of Zimbabwe and world civilization.

The ambassador said that his country is currently experiencing economic challenges but said many Greek businessmen are interested in investing in Zimbabwe.


Greece is among the worst affected countries in Europe by the liquidity crunch crisis that gripped the world in 2008. She has however been bailed out by Europe and now hopes to recover and gain macroeconomic stability.