A year during which we should fully embrace the well-known advice “think global, act local” by adapting our domestic strategy to international challenges
A new year always brings with it vision, goal setting and perspective. In this sense, businesses are no exception to that rule. That’s why in this last issue of ‘THE TRIBUNE OF THE CHAIRMAN’ (TO VIMA TOU PROEDROU) we will map the conditions that shape today’s business landscape aiming at the economic recovery.
It was in this context that the extremely interesting debate we organized with Chairman of the Board of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), Mr. Dimitris Papalexopoulos, took place. For those of you who didn’t watch the debate, its main feature was optimism.
The auspicious prospects of the Greek economy, according to the Chairman of the Board of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), Mr. Dimitris Papalexopoulos, are the result of the consolidation of the western orientation of the country and the rapid digitalisation, especially in the last 2 years. Mr. Papalexopoulos also referred to the stabilization of the fiscal environment and framework and he positively assessed the quality and quantity of foreign investments.
The above statements prove that there is a broad agreement and a convergence of views between the representatives of all the branches and sectors of economy, and we have every reason to feel proud for our assistance and contribution to the reforms of the public sector and we also feel proud about the fact that we are seeing proposals and suggestions which were made over the years regarding the digital transformation of the Public Administration, the revision of the fiscal environment and framework and the attraction of foreign investments to be implemented.
In the light of the above, one could claim that 2022 would start under the best conditions, if there were not the international challenges that you, the ACEO members, were also asked about through the questionnaire of the last ‘CEO Index’. In particular, we discussed the issue of the energy crisis at length with the Chairman of the Board of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) who expressed his concern mentioning that greater investment in green growth as well as and new practices are required, but these practices require time to be implemented by the businesses.
Another topic that concerns us during the current period of time is the issue of the global supply chain. The problems that came up in the international trade due to the supply chain issue will to some extent negatively affect Greece as well with possible shortages and pressures for price appreciation in various goods, which in turn are expected to exacerbate inflationary pressures.
In conclusion, one could say that the coexistence of the positive structural changes that have taken place in our country and the negative trends created by international challenges – such as problems in the supply chain and the energy crisis – turn 2022 into a year of contradictions. 2022 will be a year during which we should fully embrace the well-known advice “think global, act local” by adapting our domestic strategy to international challenges. Wishing you all a healthy, lucky, happy New Year and yet flexible in order to meet your goals!