On the second day of his participation in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis continued his meetings with international economic players, while he visited Greek House Davos, where he spoke with the managers, thanked them and congratulated them for their work.
This morning, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met in the context of the World Economic Forum with Philipp Hildebrand, Vice Chairman of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager with a portfolio approaching 9 trillion dollars.
Greece is “the best performing economy in Europe”, Mr Hildebrand said, when the Prime Minister welcomed him.
They discussed the resilience and prospects of the Greek economy, the improvement of the investment environment, Greece’s focus, in the last three years, on green and digital transition and the global challenges arising from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis also met with former United States Treasury Secretary and Honorary President of Harvard University, Lawrence Summers.
There was an exchange of views over the consequences of global inflationary pressures, the policies that can mitigate their consequences and the prospects of the Greek economy in the environment that is being formed following the pandemic, given the imperatives of modern technology.
It was discussed that Greece has achieved strong growth over the last years, recovering from the crisis, while at the same time it is paving a new way regarding the role of the market and the state in the renaissance of the economy with the parallel support of society.
The image of the country has changed. Greece has turned the page.
“I think that the course of the Greek House is equivalent to the course of the country’s image here in Davos. This is the first time that we met again in Davos in January. The last time was in January 2020. Back then we were still trying to convince the international investment community that Greece has indeed turned the page. And, indeed, we were faced with plenty of optimism, but also with some skepticism.
I can tell you with certainty that three years later, having completed an extended cycle of contacts here in Davos, the image of the country has dramatically changed. Greece has now turned a page, it is an attractive investment destination. This is something that is being acknowledged, while the country’s innovation in applied policies on many fronts is also acknowledged. What is also acknowledged is the significant role it plays now in the European edifice,” pointed out the Prime Minister in the conversation he had with the staff members of the Greek House Davos.
“At the same time Greece’s role as a pole of geopolitical stability is acknowledged in a turbulent part of the world and there is great interest, I would say, over how this effort will continue, as 2023 – as you know – is an election year.
“I would like to thank you again for your significant efforts. I know that many people passed by the Greek House in Davos and I think that the essence of the conversations that took place here, and I dare say, also the aesthetics of the space, is fully aligned with the new image of Greece that we want to project,” stressed Kyriakos Mitsotakis.