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National Bank announces cooperation with three research institutes

National Bank announced its cooperation with the three top research institutes in the country, the National Center of Research and Technological Development in Macedonia, the “Alexander Fleming” Biomedical Sciences Research Centre in Attica and the Technology and Research Institute in Crete.

National Bank’s CEO, Leonidas Fragiadakis, said the bank will play a leading role in this direction as an agency of systemic changes in the Greek economy. “We have taken ownership of structural reforms, a collective challenge for our country. With this initiative we seek to signal that we have our own long-term vision for the Greek economy,” Fragiadakis said.

Speaking to reporters, during a news conference, along with the heads of the three institutes -A.Constantopoulos from EKETA, G.Kollias from A.Fleming and N.Tavernarakis from ITE- National Bank’s CEO said: “This year is expected to be a year of mild recovery, but positive omens and encouraging developments will not enough to lower unemployment to single digits and bring back losses suffered in the GDP. To reach such a point it was fully necessary that our research community to be linked with traditional sector of the Greek economy in the medium- and long-term and to link with economy with new dynamic sectors worldwide”.

He noted that the country will not achieve a goal of sustainable growth unless it developed a national innovation system.

“A recent general shareholders’ meeting discussed the future. Our cooperation with the three institutes is integrated in this large plan-vision we have for National Bank. Although the bank’s geography is focusing now in Greece, its presence will remain international through the expansion of the geography of the mind: expanding Greek innovation in and outside the country’s borders.,” Fragiadakis said.

“Our initiative expressed above all our self-confidence for the country and its people. We can put Greece ahead once more. We can because there is significant human capital and we are here to offer our resources, our knowledge and above all our determination at your disposal,” National Bank’s CEO said.