ECONOMY

Samaras hails Nokia expansion in Greece

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Friday hailed a decision by Finnish mobile phone supplier Nokia to boost its presence in the Greek market, saying that the

move would create 150 new jobs for talented young professionals.

“It is in these professionals and in their abilities that we are investing and it is with such investments that Greece will emerge from the crisis,” Samaras said after meeting with managers of the firm and with the Finnish Ambassador in Athens Pekka Lintu. “We are moving forward, spirited by our efforts to boost growth,” the premier added.

Samaras added that Νokia Siemens Networks aimed to boost its research and development activity in Greece and to promote Greece’s growth model as a useful one for multinational companies seeking expansion.

Barry Franch, a marketing executive of Nokia Siemens Network who attended Friday’s talks, confirmed that the company was planning to increase its presence in Greece, adding that the government had been “extremely helpful.” French added that the firm was particularly interested in hiring specialist software and computer engineers.