Alt. Economy Minister Charitsis: Government’s goal is to attract strategic investments and reverse the climate of divestment

The government’s goal was to attract strategic investments and reverse a climate of divestment that has become established as a result of the crisis and recessionary policies, Alternate Minister for Economy and Development Minister Alexis Charitsis said in his first interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) since the government reshuffle, published on Sunday.

He said the effort will employ new financing tools for enterprises and strive for an optimal use of available resources, in the hopes that these will be leveraged for a multiple effect on the Greek economy, as well as legislative measures to improve business conditions.

Charitsis said the goal was to encourage the formation and development of dynamic and innovative small- and medium-sized enterprises.

“We are aiming at investments, public and private, that will be financially and environmentally sustainable and create good-quality jobs,” the minister said.

Questioned about the findings of the latest opinion polls, Charitsis said that his own impression from both opinion polls and from direct contact with society was not that voters were turning toward the main opposition but that people continued to have high expectations from the present government “and for this reason – and rightly so – they judge us using strict criteria.”