ECONOMY

Exporters eye a revenues rebound in 2015

Revenues from the export of Greek products and services will grow between 5 and 5.5 percent this year according to forecasts by international organizations, after 2014 has closed with an estimated decline of 2-2.5 percent, Christina Sakellaridi, the president of the Association of Panhellenic Exporters, said on Tuesday.

“The course of exports in the six years of the crisis confirms the capacity of the Greek economy to be competitive on a global level while also highlighting the necessity for the formation of a pro-growth business and politically stable environment in order to fully utilize the prospects,” Sakellaridi told an event in Athens. She went on to say that the European Union is the natural space and the main market for Greek products.

There are five main conditions that must be fulfilled for exports to realize their full potential, said the exporters head. They are the strengthening of corporations’ liquidity, lightening the tax burden on citizens and enterprises, the aggressive marketing of Greek products abroad, the transfer of exporting know-how to small and medium-sized enterprises, and the completion of reforms to simplify external trade procedures and the business environment.