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Having gone solo before working her way up in one of the world’s most powerful shipping groups, Ioanna Procopiou, Managing Director of Prominence Maritime and Sea Traders, is upping the ante in the international shipping arena, as a foremost voice in the quest for holistic solutions in the industry’s green transition, and a role model for female leadership in what is known to be a predominantly male-dominated industry.
With global tech majors looking to grow in Greece, the government is preparing for the long game, explains Christos Dimas, Deputy Minister of Development and Investment, Research, Innovation and Technology, having embarked on a multi-faceted strategy to reshape the country into a leading research and innovation hub. From landmark tax cuts and the creation of a start-up registry across to the development of an innovation district in Athens, and a technological park in Thessaloniki, the goal, adds Dimas, is to make Greece much more attractive with respect to the past and its main competitors in the region.
Be it budding sectors like renewable energy or digital services, or mainstays to the Greek economy like shipping or tourism, the key to harnessing Greece’s potential lies in the creation of an ecosystem that fosters a knowledge-based economy, prioritising lifelong learning, increased employability, and a stable and business-friendly environment, says Leonidas Demetriades-Eugenides, President of the Eugenides Group of Companies, Eugenides Foundation, and IMO Goodwill Ambassador in Greece.
With €2.5 billion worth of PV projects earmarked for development by 2030 and investments yields that are, comparatively, close to 30% higher than its Northern EU counterparts, Greece’s solar energy market presents a “higher-risk”, high-reward scenario, says Sotiris Kapellos, President of the Hellenic Association of Photovoltaic Companies, while stressing that the key to reaching Greece's solar energy capacity targets is the simplification of its long-winded licensing procedure.
Greece is taking steps to simplify its investment migration programmes, building upon the success of its lauded Golden Visa, says Notis Mitarachi, Minister of Migration and Asylum, with targets set on the creation of a fast-track office at the Ministry, and 2021 lined up to have a greater emphasis on capturing global human and financial capital.
Spain’s Ambassador to Greece, Enrique Viguera, says Greece’s pro-business environment, coupled with regulatory and strategic similarities between both countries, create significant potential for investments at a bilateral level, underlining food processing and the naval defence Industry as key areas where Spanish companies could widen their footprint.
While a minimum of €3.5 billion worth of investments are required to meet Greece’s ambitious 2030 wind energy target, “they are realistic and can be achieved,” says Panagiotis Papastamatiou CEO of the Hellenic Wind Energy Association, yet harnessing the sector’s true potential, he adds, including the development of offshore wind power will require decisive actions on behalf of the government and definitive decisions.
While the shipping industry will have to wait until 2022 for its touted biannual expo and conference, the organiser of Greece’s Posidonia Exhibition is delving into the digital world, says Theodore Vokos Managing Director of Posidonia Exhibitions, yet stands by the added value of physical events and safeguarding the return of a multi-billion euro global industry.
The legislative overhaul of Greece’s blue economy is going to benefit the state, the shipping industry, and the people, says George Pateras President of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, stressing the need to upgrade and modernise the country’s maritime academies while establishing a level playing field for Greece’s yachting fleet.
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