PM Mitsotakis: The pandemic was a dramatic catalyst for change in Greece

The coronavirus pandemic is a dramatic catalyst for change, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said during a roundtable discussion at the 31st Greek Economic Summit by the Americn-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, the second day of the three-day teleconference.

Mitsotakis said that the government was aggressive in implementing reforms without losing time, and said that despite the second wave of the pandemic being tougher than the first, “Greece will be one of the winners after the pandemic.” He stressed that one must not underestimate the productive dynamic of the country, that will lead it to recovery. “We must protect jobs and liquidity, especially in small enterprises, and create favorable investment conditions in Greece.”

In the discussion he referred to companies that invested in Greece during the pandemic, and to incentives the government provides for them. “The pandemic has made us wiser, and while facing a difficult crisis we can see both our strong and weak points, but we are even more dedicated to our reforms agenda,” Mitsotakis said.

“With the help of the Recovery Fund, we will not miss the opportunity to restructure the country and forge ahead,” the premier added, and said “right now our commitment is to save lives every day, and this is the most important challenge now.”

The roundtable discussion included global entities interested in investments in Greece, including Pfizer Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla, Phillip Morris International Andre Calantzopoulos and Deloitte Global CEO Punit Renjen, as well as US Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Myron Brilliant.