Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had a discussion with the CEO of Fairfax Financial Holdings, Prem Watsa, in the context of the conference “Reinventing Greece through Investments in Innovation”, organized by SEV.
“Greece is very lucky to have a prime minister like Kyriakos Mitsotakis,” said investor Prem Watsa, who asked the Greek prime minister how he got involved in politics.
Mr. Mitsotakis thanked Mr. Watsas who stayed in Greece and in difficult times such as 2015 when, as he said, we came very close to an economic collapse.
“What happened in Greece is that there was a simultaneous change in public perception. “I could not imagine anything as exciting as what I am doing now,” the prime minister replied to the question. “We want to lay the foundations for a different model of development, for our country to be innovative and a champion. We have ambitious plans and we are glad that we mobilized many creative forces in Greece. We are catalysts, we aim to release positive energy “, he continued.
Mr. Mitsotakis noted that some speak of a “revolution of the wise in Greece” while Mr. Watsa said that he has business interests in Greece and said that the Greek Prime Minister proposes the opportunity in Greece. “It’s a very business-friendly government but the main thing he said is that we have to be open, things have to be open to entrepreneurs. I am very positive about Greece because of the government that has changed. You see it in interest rates. I am a fan of Greece. And the investors, when they come and see it, will experience the truth of my word “, he added.
Addressing the Greeks who are abroad and are thinking of returning to Greece, the Prime Minister said, among other things, that we have reduced taxes and insurance contributions, as well as financial incentives. “If we talk about the quality of life, Greece is an incomparable country”, he underlined while among other things he said that our country will become an educational hub. “I was talking to Albert Burlas when I went to launch the digital hub in Thessaloniki. He told me that one in four applications he receives are from Greeks abroad. There are good and well paid jobs. “If you want to start your own business, this is the best time to do it.”
Kyriakos Mitsotakis also stated that meritocracy starts from the top and said that he opened the ND party to people who had nothing to do with politics. Citing PPC as an example, he said that he considers that its leading team is very good and that everywhere the effort is to select the best.
Mr. Watsa stated that he will not be surprised if the growth reaches 8% in Greece, while compared to 2017, he stated that major changes have taken place. He also said that all kinds of funds are coming to India and predicted that the same will happen in Greece.