Greek industry to raise GDP participation to 15 pct in the next decade, new SEV head says

The goal of Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) is to raise industry’s participation in the country’s GDP to 15 pct from 10 pct in the next decade, Dimitris Papalexopoulos, the Federation’s new president said on Monday.

In a speech after his election as new president of SEV during a general assembly of the Federation by teleconfenrence, Papalexopoulos said that during the pandemic crisis “we proved as a people to the entire world, but mostly to ourselves, that we are capable for the best. And this helps us to strengthen the collective confidence we had lost for some time.” He underlined the priority of protecting human life and the need of safeguarding the vulnerable, healthy fabric of the country and the “difficult decisions” needed to be taken by the government to ease the burden of the crisis.
SEV’s new head also spoke of the need for enterprises to come closer to society and to build a new relationship of trust between them, “with enterprises taking the first step” to initiate it. The three most important priorities he set are digital revoluation, strengthening skills in the labour market and green growth.

“The coronavirus pandemic highlighted the vital importance that a modern agricultural sector and a dynamic industry have in the survival of a society,” Constantinos Bitsios, former vice-president of SEV said, while outgoing president Theodore Fessas presented his work during his six-year tenure.