Special feature on Greece

Interview with Mr. George Kotsiopoulos, Founder, Chairman and CEO of ISO PLUS

George Kotsiopoulos, Founder, Chairman and CEO of ISO PLUS

"Since the beginning, values were something very important to me. Throughout the crisis we did not alter our ethics and our values nor did we let the crisis affect our company and the people that work here"

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Interview with Mr. Konstantinos Mitzalis, Managing Director and Vice Chairman of J&P AVAX

Mr. Konstantinos Mitzalis, Managing Director and Vice Chairman of J&P AVAX

"It is quite well known that the investments and infrastructure projects are very crucial for the development and for the exit from a crisis for a country like Greece that is in such a crisis. Even the largest countries, when they are in a situation like Greece and they want to get out of/exit a situation like this – they focus and invest mainly on infrastructure projects that can very quickly show an improvement economically..."

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Interview with Mr. Fokion Karavias, CEO of Eurobank

Mr. Fokion Karavias, CEO of Eurobank

"In terms of NPEs, they peaked in March 2016, one quarter after the recapitalization. Since then there has been a consistently declining trend, which has accelerated in the fourth quarter of 2017. And in terms of the restructuring programmes, the banks are on track in executing their plans."

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Interview with Mr Leonidas Fragkiadakis, CEO of National Bank of Greece (NBG)

Leonidas Fragkiadakis, CEO of National Bank of Greece (NBG)

"The fact is that since Greece was deep in its crisis, we have seen a pretty substantial drop of investment as a percentage of GDP. "

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Interview with Mr Panagiotis Papadopoulos, CEO and Vice-Chairman of BoD, Forthnet

Panagiotis Papadopoulos, CEO and Vice-Chairman of BoD, Forthnet

"We see this also as a big opportunity in Greece and one which our company is committed to. I am referring to the lack of high-speed networks and high-speed infrastructure in our country."

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Interview with Mr Stavros Constantinides, CEO of Eurimac

Stavros Constantinides, CEO of Eurimac

"The founder of Macvel was my father. He passed away three years ago but lived to be 97. The name Macvel stands for Macaroni Company of Northern Greece. What the founder of the company taught us was dedication, hard work and to be optimistic about the future. "

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Interview with Mr. Ilias Tsakiris, CEO and Chief Underwriter of American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company

Aristotelis Karytinos, CEO of NBG Pangaea

"The Greek’s are professional ship owners. They have been at sea all their lives and it was during the big boom of 2006 that they sold to the world their professionalism in this industry and evolved their shipping to the next level."

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Interview with Mr. Aristotelis Karytinos, CEO of NBG Pangaea

Aristotelis Karytinos, CEO of NBG Pangaea

"Nowadays, we have ahead of us a more stable environment after the ordeal we have come through. We are certainly hoping that this stability is the way things will continue to go in the future. This is the prerequisite for the flow of investment that this country needs."

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Interview with Ms Vassiliki Christidi, General Manager of Aviareps Hellas (part of Grylos Group of Companies)

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"Led by Aviareps Hellas, which is a holdings company, we have a diversified portfolio of activities. The main focus is the aviation and tourism industry. We have two of the three licensed ground-handling companies in Greece. "

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Interview with Mr Elias Athanasiou, CEO of Enterprise Greece

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"We have recently seen a very strong interest from investors. In the past, a significant amount of interest came from the East, from countries such as China and Russia. Although we were not short of interest from the West, the momentum has certainly been growing and we have seen a number of important investments."

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Interview with Prof. Charoula Apalagaki, Secretary General, Hellenic Bank Association

Charoula Apalagaki, Secretary General, Hellenic Bank Association

"2017 has been a good one for the banks. After almost ten years of recession and losses, we have, for the first time, seen remarkable organic profitability, and a very impressive reduction of the liquidity dependency."

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Interview with Mr Christos Dionelis, Managing Director of ERGOSE

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"The role of the Ergose is to not find investors, now. If we do move our business overseas, more, we might start to look for investors. For the time being though, Ergose, is to focus on construction and ensure that the railway network in Greece is managed properly. Everything starts with the Ministry, they decide on investments on railway networks. "

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Interview with Ms Anna Kalliani, President of the British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce (BHCC)

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"I have seen a constant and noticeable improvement in the way Greece is viewed from abroad. New opportunities attract new investors and this is something very important for the country. What we are seeing now, apart from the individual investors who are buying properties in Athens or the islands, is mostly funds, including distressed and private equity funds, seeking opportunities in Greece. "

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Interview with Mr Panayiotis Bernitsas, Managing Partner of Bernitsas Law Office

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"I have seen a constant and noticeable improvement in the way Greece is viewed from abroad. New opportunities attract new investors and this is something very important for the country. What we are seeing now, apart from the individual investors who are buying properties in Athens or the islands, is mostly funds, including distressed and private equity funds, seeking opportunities in Greece. "

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Interview with Mr Nikos Koutsianas, Founder and Chairman of Apivita

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"The most important philosopher for sustainability was Aristotle. Plato was also close to these ideas as a business."

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Interview with Mr Fotis Sousalis, General Manager, Terra Creta

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"The presence of the olive tree has played a key role on the island’s economic stability for thousands of years. Since Minoan times (2000 BC) the production of olive oil gave wealth to kings and a mean to survive to the poor people. "

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Interview with Mr Byron Nicolaides, CEO of Peoplecert

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"CEBIS is an organisation that represents ICT professionals and ICT scientists throughout the whole of Europe. It is the federation that is responsible for policy and assisting the EU in policy drafting and decision-making in our sector."

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Interview with Mr. Antonios Achilleoudis, Founding Partner and Group Managing Director of Axia Ventures Group

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"I think there are two speeds. The faster speed involves the reduction of sovereign risk. Greece has gone through very turbulent times over the last few years. Over the last seven or eight years..."

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Interview with Mr. Anastasios Spanidis, Founder and CEO of Generation Y

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"I am a self-made entrepreneur. I have 150 employees here and another 45 people abroad. Everyone is on the payroll – we do not use any tricks where you can bypass the laws here in Greece."

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Interview with H. E. Mr George Stathakis, Minister of the Environment and Energy, Greece

Mr George Stathakis, Minister of the Environment and Energy

"There have been strong, concrete indications that the programme has worked; we succeded an important fiscal performance and all indicators show that the economy is turning around."

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Interview with H.E. Nikos Pappas, Minister of Digital Policy, Media and Telecommunications, Greece

Nikos Pappas, Minister of Digital Policy, Media and Telecommunications

"I am going to focus on two sectors: space and nanotechnology. We have a vibrant space industry in Greece with annual exports of more than €150m. However, this is another field that has struggled to really grow due to fragmentation. "

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Interview with H.E. Mr. Evangelos Apostolou, Minister of Agricultural Development and Food, Greece

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"The first problem that we face here is the small land of the owners (the small farmers) – the small farms - which is not the same as in the United Kingdom, France or Germany where they have a lot of land – in Greece they have little land and so they cannot produce products on a mass scale. So, we have tried to exploit the advantage that we have with some products where we could have a larger production."

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Interview with H.E. Mr. Christos Spirtzis, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Greece

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"What we have learned so far as far as the recession is concerned and why we are here (in this economic position), is that this is not basically Greece’s problem but is a greater and wider problem for the whole of Europe. A great and productive part has already left Europe..."

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