“Clever investors are coming to Greece now and we have seen several examples of that” said Simos Anastasopoulos, President of the American-Greek Chamber of Commerce (AHCC). In an interview with the website of the South EU Summit, Anastasopoulos sent a message of confidence to Greece
“The real bet for the country and the economy is what we are going to do in 2018,” says Simos Anastasopoulos, President of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce (AHCC).
While the bulk of Greece’s fiscal consolidation was achieved through high taxation and reduction of governmental expenses, Anastasopoulos predicts that the next phase of Greece’s economic growth is going to come from good old-fashioned business investments. “We do believe that we are in a position today for taking some further measures in order for our real economy to grow and that, in turn, will be a solution for getting out of/exiting the crisis.”
As the head of a group whose mission is to direct US investment toward Greece, Anastasopoulos has been active in attracting American companies into the country, especially while the market is primed for investment.
“Clever investors are coming to the country now,” he noted. “There are several examples from several multinational American companies that are present in the country today which have announced new investment plans in the country and are really investing— not only in energy and tourism but also in logistics and in other sectors of the economy.”
However, the AHCC’s work is not unilateral. While they focus on bringing American investments in to Greece’s borders, they are also tasked with helping Greek companies sell their products in the US. The company organises delegations for business within the food and beverage industry as well as the construction sector, which are major markets for Greek exporters into America.
In its 85 years of operation, the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce has become one of the most active and dynamic chambers in Europe, promoting business opportunities amongst its 1,000 members and ranking 3rd largest in Europe for membership.
The full interview in English is here.