Delphi Economic Forum III

New Globalization and Growth Challenges were on the agenda at Delphi Economic Forum III, which took place March 1-4, 2018 in Delphi, in central Greece.

The forum was held under the auspices of the President of the Hellenic Republic H.E. Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos and included talks and presentations by top politicians—including Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, numerous ministers and government and opposition officials, as well as former prime ministers and MPs—foreign ambassadors and government officials, leading academics, business leaders, venture capital and hedge fund managers, and national and international media representatives.

President of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Chairman & CEO of Petsiavas S.A. Simos Anastasopoulos was among the speakers at the conference. His speech addressed the delicate balance of the transitionary period through which Greece is now going. Noting how far the country has come towards meeting its obligations in terms of fiscal consolidation and achieving a budget surplus, he stressed that while these development bolster confidence and optimism for the future, they also underline the necessity for a solid policy framework and coordinated approach at the national level that will see the country continue to grow and prosper. Anastasopoulos counseled that we must remain vigilant not to let these first positive outcomes diminish the resolve with which Greece is working to meet its obligations.

Litsa Panayotopoulos, Secretary General of AmCham and Chair of its Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee, moderated the panel titled “Strengthening Ties with Diaspora,” which focused on policies that could strengthen the ties between Greece and the Greek diaspora and contribute to growth and prosperity in the country. Ms. Panayotopoulos underlined the importance of improving conditions for young and old alike and the need to reduce overtaxation in order to attract investment.

With various stakeholders and experts weighing in on the future of the Greek economy, the country’s growth prospects and the challenges and opportunities that await Greece in its next day, the message at Delphi was clear: Greece stands at the cusp of its next era, an era full of promise and potential that will nonetheless be determined by our collective ability to look to the future but plan for it in the present, by our decisiveness in implementing the necessary policies that will allow for sustainable growth, and by our willingness to commit to the long game and see this country prosper.

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