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December 2012

EDITORIAL


Stephanos Issaias
Chief Executive Officer

All indications show that Greece, amid a painful yet necessary period of deep structural reform and ongoing austerity, is at a crucial turning point.

Almost all signs now point toward recovery, growth, and a more competitive economy.

The recent, favorable agreement between Greece and its creditors, removing any doubt once and for all regarding Greece’s membership in the Eurozone, was based on a sterling track record of the Greek government that has been in power for only a few months. It was based on the successful implementation of reforms and the commitment to continue an effective, unwavering and productive set of policy agreements.

The year 2013 is set to be pivotal for the Greek economy, for trade, and for investment. The recent World Bank’s "Doing Business 2013" report placed Greece up 22 positions over the previous year. This alone is indicative of the commitment to reform that Greece has pledged, and succeed in achieving.

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SPEAK OUT

Greece—Improving its Business Environment
Jean Michel Lobet, Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, World Bank Group, discusses Greece's improvement in the latest "Doing Business 2013" report.
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HIGHLIGHT

Impressive FDI Trends in 2012
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ANALYSIS  
Tourism: An Economic Pillar
Greece is one of the world’s leading tourism destinations and draws investor interest in a wide variety of subsectors.
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INVESTMENT NEWS  
Prime Minister Meets with Multinational Heads
Signaling the importance of investment in Greece, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras met with representatives from 14 multinational companies operating in Greece at his office, the Maximos Mansion, on Monday, December 17, 2012.
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SUCCESS STORY  
HP-COSCO Agreement: Port of Piraeus to be Hub
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  NETWORKING NEW MARKETS  
Greek Traders Visit China
The first Greece-China B2B Tradeshow was held in Beijing on November 29-30, with 20 companies from Greece participating.
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  REGIONAL GREECE  
Waste Management Projects Moving Forward
Public Private Partnership Waste Management Projects in Western Macedonia and Ilia will impact Regional Greece.
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  IQ - INNOVATION QUOTIENT  
Organic Electronics—Creating the Future in Thessaloniki
The LTFN Laboratory of Nanotechnology and Nanometrology of the Aristotelian University in Thessaloniki is turning into one of the most advanced laboratories for organic electronics in Europe.
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OUTREACH  
Invest in Greece Addresses Global Markets
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NEWSWIRE  
Philip Morris Shifts Production to Greece
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FDI GREECE
Consumer Giant Unilever Selects Greece for Production
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TRENDS & TRADEWINDS
Privatizing Hellenic Railways
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