United States Ambassador in Athens Geoffrey Pyatt and Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media Minister Nikos Pappas were among the many guests that attended the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce 2019 New Year Reception held in Athens on Monday.
In his address, the Chamber’s president Simos Anastasopoulos spoke about its activities to support exports in Greek innovation and initiatives to boost competitiveness and attract investments that will help the country’s economic growth. He also commented that the US Ambassador “is also an ambassador of Greece in the way that he operates and promotes the efforts of our country.”
Pappas referred to the 2018 Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) where the USA was the honoured country, noting that this success “reflects what can be achieved when each of us fulfils his or her institutional role and coordinates his or her forces with other agencies.”
“I always gladly accept the invitations of the American-Hellenic Chamber because we have developed relations in a time when Greece is experiencing the positive story of its exit from the memorandums, which multiplies its importance and its diplomatic standing, as well as making it a pole of stability in the wider region,” Pappas added.
According to Pyatt, his philosophy for the US participation in TIF was “based on the line from the movie ‘if you build it, they will come.'”
The aim of the previous year was to follow-up on the establishment of investment interest in Greece in order to support Greece’s full economic recovery, the ambassador noted. “Today, these foundations are stronger than ever before – and, I would say, as a direct result of many people in this room tonight,” he said.
In 2019, Pyatt said, while the intention was to keep working for the interest of US investors, the expectation was that Greece will build the rest of the infrastructure by continuing transparent privatisations, rapid reforms and predictable regulations.
“These are the foundations that will make US investors come to Greece in greater numbers,” he said.