The 18th Capital Link Annual Invest in Greece Forum took place in New York City. This year's forum accounted for the attendance of 1300 delegates, which offered informational, marketing and networking opportunities. Eighty five distinguished speakers and executives from the entire spectrum of financial, investment and business communities, such as US institutional investors, investment and commercial banks, analysts, portfolio managers, financial advisors, brokers and companies with activity in Greece, as well as international and Greek media partners participated in the forum.
Representing the Greek government were Minister of Economy and Development, Dimitrios Papadimitriou, Alternate Minister of Economy and Development, Alexis Charitsis, Secretary General of the General Secretariat for Public Revenue, George Pitsilis, Minister of Environment and Energy, George Stathakis and Minister of Tourism, Elena Kountoura. Alternate Minister of Finance, George Chouliarakis, participated via webcast.
H.E. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addressed the delegates of the forum via a televised message and called investors to trust Greece.
This year, the conference featured developments and reforms in the Greek economy and the Greek government programme for the economy and investments. The conference was attended by the Senior Desk Officer of the US Department of Commerce Mr. Ryan Barnes, to strengthen the bilateral economic and trade relations between the two countries.
The Luncheon Keynote Speaker was Hon. George Stathakis, Minister of Environment and Energy of the Hellenic Republic, who stated that the Greek economy offers important investment opportunities, exploiting important comparative advantages such as human capital and geopolitical positioning.
Greek Lawyer Ms. Virginia Murray hosted a lively round table between prominent Greek-American investors John Calamos, John Catsimatidis and Michael Psaros, who explained what they needed to be able to proceed to investments in Greece, and Theodore Fessas and Anastasios Kallitsantsis, leading Greek businessmen who discussed how they were continuing to invest in Greece and make profitable deals.
Minister of Tourism, Elena Kountoura besides her participation in the panel discussion "Investment Opportunities in Tourism & Hospitality", also hosted private meetings with representatives from the Educational Institutions, the Jewish Community, the Tour Operators and the Film Industry to discuss ways of collaboration.
On Tuesday, December 13th, 2016, the New York Stock Exchange held an official reception in honor of the Greek Delegation, Greek companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange and companies that participated in the Forum. The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) flew the Greek flag on Wall Street and issued special commemorative medals to honor the members of the Greek Delegation. Mr. George Stathakis, rang "The Opening Bell", starting the trading session. The event was broadcasted live on major news stations in the United States and abroad to an audience of millions of viewers worldwide.
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