Greece implements new international economic strategy
As part of its international outreach, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has begun implementing Greece’s new national extroversion strategy, which aims to expand exports, boost foreign direct investment and enhance the country’s standing on the world stage.
In late December, the Ministry convened the inaugural meeting of the national extroversion council, bringing together senior government officials with regional governors, business leaders, exporters, manufacturers and chambers of commerce. The council, which acts in an advisory role to Enterprise Greece, was tasked with identifying specific, local initiatives the government can take this year to boost the outward orientation of the economy.
In recent weeks, the Ministry has also reorganized Greece’s export credit agency and signed a cooperation agreement with the export credit agency of the United Arab Emirates. More recently, it reached agreement with Singapore on a double-taxation treaty.
The latest steps follow sweeping overhauls at the Ministry and the introduction of last year’s groundbreaking national strategy. The new National Strategic Extroversion Plan, unveiled in September, is a blueprint for the country’s diplomats, trade officials and business leaders to engage with the international market and enhance Greece’s foreign relations through commerce and investment.
The plan details some 458 initiatives, ranging from new branding strategies to new inter-ministerial committees focusing on economic and diplomatic policy. It also sets out ambitious goals: by 2023, Greece aims to double its inflows of Foreign Direct Investment to the equivalent of 4% of GDP – in line with the European average – and increase exports of goods and services to 48% of GDP.