OPINION

After China, what next?

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s recent official visit to China aimed at attracting foreign investment and meeting with his Chinese counterpart proved to be highly successful.

The image of the country abroad, including the way it is perceived in global financial markets, has improved considerably.

This is hardly the time to let our guard down, however, because if the government slips back into a state of inactivity and does not move ahead, and fast, with the implementation of required reforms, an important opportunity may be missed.

Foreigners considering making an investment in Greece have persistently asked the prime minister and other officials to improve public sector management and to reduce red tape.

If this does not happen, no sensible person will be willing to invest in Greece and the positive impressions that Samaras has succeeded in making will simply vanish.