Today, on Tuesday, July 9th, took place the process of delivery and receipt of the Ministry of Development & Investments, by the outgoing Minister, Mr. Yiannis Dragasakis to the new Minister of Development and Investments, Mr. Adonis Georgiadis.
In his speech, Mr. Dragasakis stated:
“I deliver you the Ministry of Development and Investments, fully operational. I had stated before the elections that I would sign up new documents to the last minute and some people misunderstood this. I meant exactly that the Ministry has to deal with issues at any time from which depend firstly the course of the Greek Economy and secondly problems that need to be resolved immediately. In this Ministry you will not find stagnant investments in delay. But you will find plans and policies that are in the process of being developed that, as they move forward, will enhance and sustain the recovery we have in the economy, productive investments, employment and exports.
I would like to refer to the interventions we made in the institutional framework, the qualitative criteria we have tried to introduce into the functioning of the NSRF and the development law, to the public policies we have drawn up.
With all of this, we have not only sought the recovery of the economy, but also its transformation towards the better. We have not only sought to support entrepreneurship, but also to encourage a different kind of entrepreneurship, which operates with social responsibility towards society and the environment, invests in innovation, upgrades human resources and respects employee rights.
This transition to the new development model therefore requires a plan, a strategy, the cooperation of all involved bodies, whether public, private, social, or the coordinating Ministries and of course dialogue with society. And I am very pleased to be delivering this Ministry today, equipped with such a development strategy.
We represent different schools of thought, we belong to competing political parties, we have different priorities and possibly different plans. At the same time, however, many of the lawplans that I had the honor of submitting to the Parliament were widely accepted, even by you, such as the Development Bank Act, the Law on Strategic Investments, the Business Parks and more. Hence, I am looking forward to a sincere future programmatic confrontation, as well as to fruitful cooperation where necessary and feasible. “
In his speech that followed, Mr. Georgiadis stated:
We are not coming here to tear down anything. We intend to build and implement the mandate given to us by the Greek people last Sunday for the political change and to fulfill the vision of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Our priority is to accelerate investment realization and to quickly reverse the economic climate towards the better.
Growth does not occur magically to economies. Growth gets created. And we are here to secure for all stakeholders the right environment, which will enable this coveted growth to increase the GDP, to generate new jobs and to to secure the financial resources needed to ensure social cohesion.
I do not devalue the work of my predecessors at all. On the contrary. As Mr. Dragasakis rightly pointed out, many of their own initiatives have also had our consensus in the Greek Parliament. Mr. Minister, I wish that I will benefit from the receipt of your own consensus in the future, should you view our actions in a similar way.
All legislative initiatives that are in the process of maturity will be examined one by one and if we consider them to be in the right direction, we have no reason to stop them.
Yes, we have political change but the state must continue. Investors need to know that they are coming to a serious country that creates the right environment for new jobs.
As for the new NSRF, the negotiation has apparently begun. It’s in its first phase, though. Kyriakos Mitsotakis has given me experts and worthy partners, in order to achieve the country’s goals which are national goals and must be achieved in the best possible way.
Our objective is to offer serious investment incentives to attract new investments to our country. It’s not just the Ministry of Development and Investments, obviously. The investment policy of a country is not limited to this Ministry. It has to do with tax policy, issues of speedy administration of justice and a wide variety of state coordination. The Prime Minister is so determined to move forward, that I am absolutely sure that we will succeed.
I want to assure you that we will work with unparalleled speed. The words vacation are an unknown word. I have a purpose to be here every day. The country has no time to lose. Citizens are not going to give our government a grace period. Let us be strict about the results our policy will bring. The work starts today. “