Investors examining many opportunities in Greece, AMCHAM head Anastasopoulos says
Investors are showing greater interest in Greece, the head of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) Simos Anastasopoulos confirmed. In an interview released on Sunday, he stressed the need to restore competitiveness and confidence in the Greek economy.
“It is true that investors are coming in great numbers and examining very many opportunities. There is a significant increase in interest, including from the United States,” he said.
The country’s exit from financial assistance programmes and the recovery of balanced public finances and sovereignty created an important opportunity, he added, with interest focused on logistics, tourism, the agrifood business and IT.
“Given the right conditions, the prospects are very good,” Anastasopoulos said, while pointing out the difficulties in implementation and proposing a growth plan pivoting around a change in the investment environment, with milestones and a schedule for the reforms required.
According to Anastasopoulos, this will be the best way to send a signal that Greece is “ready to welcome investments” and highlighted the importance of privatising the former Greek airport at Ellinikon.
“Ellinikon has come to have symbolic significance for restoring confidence because it is delaying and this sends the wrong message,” he added.
AMCHAM’s head also highlighted the ROOTS programme that officially launched on December 13, noting that this had multiple aims, foremost of which was to find a platform for financing mature SMEs and startups through the Athens stock exchange and AMCHAM. He said this idea had been warmly embraced by the US Ambassador in Athens Geoffrey Pyatt and other Washington officials that helped communicate the idea. Following the US-Greece Strategic Dialogue, he predicted that the programme will also be well received in the US market.