ECONOMY

Chrysochoidis on a growth mission

In Berlin on Tuesday, Greek and German government representatives will begin the drafting of a 10-year plan to spur the growth of the Greek economy and attract German investors to Greece.

Development, Competitiveness and Shipping Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis is visiting the German capital today to meet with top officials in the context of his initiative to increase foreign companies? interest in investing in this country, to boost Greek exports and to secure know-how and administrative experience on issues of radical structural reforms in the real economy.

Chrysochoidis will meet with German Vice Chancellor and Economics and Technology Minister Philipp Roesler, the president and the managing director of the Federation of German Industry, Hans-Peter Keitel and Markus Kerber, and several other government officials and entrepreneurs.

Already the Greek minister has been in contact with government officials and businesspeople in France, the Netherlands, Austria, China and other countries. His contacts are expanding, with the targets set concerning immediate and tangible results both in wooing foreign investment and on the know-how level.

The meeting in Berlin will also hear the chief executive officer of McKinsey Hellas, Giorgos Tsopelas, present the survey ?Greece a Decade Later,? and will examine possible business plans to be realized in Greece.

Back in Athens, European Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn and the head of the Commission?s Task Force to Greece, Horst Reichenbach, arrived late last night and will start their meetings with Greek officials on Tuesday.

Their aim is to monitor the course of priority development projects confirmed in cooperation with the Greek side and described in the Task Force?s recent report.

Hahn will meet Prime Minister Lucas Papademos, Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos and Environment Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou on Tuesday and is set to call for the acceleration of procedures concerning projects included in the National Strategic Reference Framework, so as to avert the loss of Community funds.