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Newsletter July 2013


Invest in Greece Missions to Israel, United States

Invest in Greece conducted strategic visits to two key markets, Israel and the United States, to meet with investors.

Invest in Greece Agency CEO Stephanos Issaias visited Israel on June 26-27, 2013 to present investment opportunities in Greece to potential Israeli investors. He met with representatives of key organisations whom he briefed on Greece’s investment potential. Accompanying Mr. Issaias was Dr. Michalopoulou, Head of the Investment Promotion Unit at Invest in Greece Agency.

Mr. Issaias, who was interviewed by The Marker, a title of the major newspaper Haaretz, presented to prospective investors the structure and function of Invest in Greece Agency and the range of investment opportunities in Greece (private projects, privatisation process). He singled out significant investments in sectors of particular importance (COSCO in infrastructure, Watson Pharmaceuticals in healthcare) that Greece has recently attracted, and which send the message to the international investment community that the country is making the necessary efforts in fiscal adjustment and consolidation, implementation of structural reforms and increased competitiveness, so that investors feel secure to engage in even more investments in Greece.

Israeli companies from the sectors of tourism, agriculture,  environmental management, ICT, and real estate showed particular interest in investment projects.

The visit was a major success, as all companies expressed keen interest in investment projects in their respective areas. Invest in Greece Agency is set to follow up with continued contact with the Israeli investors, leading to Israeli investments carried out in Greece. 

Greek Investment Forum in New York

Invest in Greece CEO Stephanos Issaias addressed more than 400 delegates at the 2nd Greek Investment Forum, held in New York on June 5-6, 2013 at the Plaza Hotel.

The event, with the title “Greece: Seizing the Opportunities,” was organised by the Athens Exchange and the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and aimed at restoring institutional trust for Greece at a political, economic and business level. To this end, the Forum incorporated a series of events designed to highlight the important structural changes taking place in Greece and the significant investment opportunities that arise out of the country’s reform efforts.

Personalities from the political, economic and business community from Greece and the U.S. presented the prospects of the Greek economy and its main economic sectors. Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund and Invest in Greece Agency profiled the dynamic opportunities in FDI and 23 of the biggest companies listed on the Athens Exchange presented their corporate profiles and investment plans during One-on-One meetings with a large number of US companies. 

Christos Staikouras, Alternate Minister of Finance, represented the Greek Government.

Invest in Greece Welcomes Chinese Entrepreneurs

Invest in Greece hosted two groups of entrepreneurs representing Chinese companies at its offices June 17-20, 2013. The meetings follow the recent mission to China by Greece’s Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, government representatives, Invest in Greece CEO Stephanos Issaias, and a delegation of Greek businesspeople.

The visiting executives represent major Chinese state-owned entities and private interests with a strong presence in financial services, construction, infrastructure, and other activities such as shipping, energy, industry and minerals.

The meetings at Invest in Greece allowed the Chinese visitors to learn more details of Greece’s privatisation programme as well as more specific investment opportunities in energy and infrastructure through Investment Seminars presented by Invest in Greece professionals.

The Chinese executives also met with Greek business executives in B2B meetings and went on targeted field trips to experience more closely important sectors of the Greek economy, such as tourism, infrastructure, and agricultural production.

Greece is an important gateway to the markets of Western Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa.