NEW YORK-ATHENS | Greece offers significant investment opportunities, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said in a webcast address at the 15th annual Capital Link Greek Investor Forum on the theme “An era of Opportunity,” held in Manhattan on December 17.
The Greek Premier said that a period of recovery was about to begin after Greece achieved a primary surplus for the first time, with the country in the process of jump starting its economy.
The pre-recorded webcast was addressed to hundreds of delegates participating in the forum, representing some of the largest investment firms in the United States, including banks.
Mr. Samaras reported “tangible results” from the ongoing effort for economic recovery being made by the Greek people and the government. Among the milestones in this effort, he referred to a drastic reduction in bureaucracy, especially relating to investment, noting that the country now offered a “red carpet” to foreign investors as opposed to “red tape”.
He spoke of the traditionally good ties and long cooperation between Greece and the U.S. and also highlighted an increase in the flow of tourists from the U.S. to Greece, which has helped to boost the Greek economy.
Mr. Samaras said that, while his address in 2012 had focused on efforts to overcome the crisis, the focus now was on Greece’s course toward recovery and that more and more people were talking about a Greek “comeback”.
The Premier also outlined the many steps taken to carry out structural reforms and changes, especially to boost competitiveness and improve the investment climate.
“Our efforts are yielding results,” he said, highlighting the investment opportunities arising in tourism, banking, energy and farming and stressing that this was the “right time” to invest in Greece.
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