Athanasios Skordas: We support Hellenic investors in Kenya

Speech of Mr. Athanasios Skordas, Deputy Minister of Development, Hellenic Republic


Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great honor for me to be here today, in this forum that gives me the opportunity to meet with such a distinguished audience. I must apologize for the unfortunate fact that I must attend the House sitting for a new bill. Therefore, I won’t be able to attend the rest of the forum.

The aim of today’s forum is to inform Hellenic businesses regarding the opportunities of investments and business cooperation in Kenya. At this point, I would like to welcome H.E. the Ambassador Mrs. Josephine Gaita and the Chairperson of Kenya Investment Authority Anne Wangari Kirima-Muchoki for being with us to speak to the forum.

I am also glad to see so many Hellenic entrepreneurs here today and I would like to state that Hellenic Ministry of Development is here to encourage and support their exporting activities and investments abroad.

Today’s forum gives me the opportunity to say a few words about the restless Hellenic entrepreneurship and the Hellenic products that are among the highest ranked quality products in the world. It also gives me the opportunity to say a few words about the investment environment in Hellas and the opportunities for Kenya businesses.

Hellas, throughout the centuries, has undoubtedly contributed decisively in opening routes of trade and of economic partnerships, in general.

More than 10 thousand Hellenic companies are exporting their products and services abroad. Major Hellenic companies are investing abroad in Eastern and Central Europe, North Africa and elsewhere.

Hellenic Ministry of Development encourages Hellenic businesses to act abroad as well as foreign businesses to invest in our country through the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) and other funding programs.

At the same time, Hellenic government makes efforts to enhance the business and investment environment of the country by creating a new legal framework.

We have proceeded to reforms, which covers the entire spectrum of the Hellenic economy. The landscape of Hellenic market has already changed. We have changed the legislation, removing administrative barriers and facilitating entry into professions and markets in order to make Hellenic market friendlier to businesses.

We are proceeding to the creation of a national trademark for Hellenic products that is directly linked to our policies on quality. For us it is one more tool in the effort to ensure, but also to highlight international quality Hellenic products.

Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, Hellenic businesses are amongst the most reliable exporters and investors worldwide.

Hellenic companies have the experience and the knowledge of acting abroad in various sectors of economy: agriculture, constructions, energy, trade, education, health, telecommunications etc.

Hellenic exporters are shipping their high quality products everywhere in the globe. It is of significant importance that Hellenic products, especially those of food industry, such as oil, honey, feta cheese, have increase their exports.

Although they are not produced in vast quantities, Hellenic products are of high quality and uniqueness and are targeting to a niche market.

Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, I consider it important to see you all in the 1st Hellenic Multi Sector Investment & Trade Mission to Nairobi in mid-September of current year.

The aim of the mission is to enable the cooperation between Hellenic and Kenyan businesses and investors, which consequently will enhance the real economy of Hellas and Kenya as well as will enhance the friendly ties between the two countries.

During this productive two day B2B meeting in Nairobi, we expect agreements that will highlight the outward orientation and competitiveness of many Hellenic companies. We expect of you to become pioneers of a new national effort to build a better economy. An economy of quality, production, outward orientation and social responsibility.

Thank you!