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25 years ago, “Evolution- Revolution” of the banking sector

The cover is titled “Evolution- Revolution” depicting the fundamental changes in the way banks operated in Greece.   From a development and business oriented modus operandi, banks start looking at consumers and “making money out of money” as the issue notes.   The issue hosts interviews of the most prominent figures of the sector at the time:   then Governor of the Bank of Greece, Lukas Papadimos the late chairman of Alpha Credit Bank, Yannis Costopoulos the late Theodore Karatzas, [...]

June 28th, 2021|Business File Archive|

29 years ago

The May 1992 issue of Viomichaniki Epitheorisi is dedicated to one of Greece’s timeless struggles: how to attract foreign investment. A special survey by Robert McDonald looked into the main obstacles (bureaucracy, price controls, market size, poor infrastructure). The issue includes articles on investments made by multinationals like Siemens, Pirelli, Unilever.   It also presents iconic cases like the Aluminium de Grèce (at that point under French control) , C. Itoh, Dow Chemicals Hellas, Hellas Can.   To download the  [...]

May 3rd, 2021|Business File Archive|

29 years ago

Viomichaniki Epitheorisi’s second issue, in March 1992, is concerned by the energy dependence of Greece. Back then, the main worry was the energy intensity- the rate of energy consumption relative to GDP and its rapidly rising trend. The problem was exacerbated by the fact that Greeks loved their cars and did not much use public transportation. The Prinos oil field, 8 km off-shore the coast of the Thassos island had been in operation for less than a year and its [...]

February 26th, 2021|Business File Archive|

29 years ago

Viomichaniki Epitheorisi makes its official  debut, in December 1991,  with an exclusive interview of then Minister of Finance, Yannis Paleokrassas. The subject? The revolution planned in the banking sector. Y. Paleokrassas declares that it is time for commercial banks "to operate on their own" as he prepares to introduce a new banking act.   Interestingly enough we read that "the Bank of Greece is working on a deposit guarantee scheme, as Greece is the only member of the European Community [...]

December 28th, 2020|Business File Archive|

24 years after

  A few days before the 9th of May, officially known as Europe Day celebrating peace and unity in European continent, we recollect what we wrote in 1996 about EU and Greece’s prospects within it and the potential major projects in the country.     To download the March 1996 issue, click here for the first part, here the second part and here for the third one.

April 30th, 2020|Business File Archive|

A survey of Greek Investments in Post-Soviet Europe

  A survey of Greek Investments in Post-Soviet Europe   Greek entrepreneurs have invested in projects worth roughly half a billion dollars in Balkan and former Soviet countries.   They have plans to invest as much again by the end of the century – possible even more.   You can download the pdf version by clicking on the first, second and third part.

April 16th, 2020|Business File Archive|

Building Boom – Greek Special Survey Series

        The Greek Special Survey Series of Business File (Written by ROBERT McDONALD from 1991 to 2008) hosted – 20 years ago – a general overview of the then ongoing building boom.   Both Real Estate Development and Tourist Property were put in the middle of the microscope at a time growth was unleashed.   You can download the pdf version by clicking on the first and the second part.      

March 20th, 2020|Business File Archive|
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