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.
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.
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.
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