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Ioannis Varvakis: The man who sold caviar to the world- A pirate that became national benefactor

by George Vailakis Ηe is an internationally famous figure who started as a pirate, then found himself protected by Catherine the Great in Russia and very quickly became rich in the Caspian Sea. He is the man who made caviar fashionable. He was a multifaceted personality of pre-revolutionary Hellenism, who gave his soul and money for Greece and the Greek revolution when it broke out. In his long journey he went from selfishness to vast generosity. Ηis story could well [...]

February 9th, 2021|Greek Business File|

“How to spend it”: Greek Business File explores the plans for the €32 billion of the Recovery Plan

The January/February 2021 issue of Greek Business File (GBF) is dominated by the great challenge of surviving the pandemic and building a sustainable future. The well of the issue is dedicated to the Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) of Greece. The country is entitled to €32 billion in grants and cheap loans from EU’s Recovery and Resilience Facility. Investment and reform are the main ingredients of Greece’s NRRP. Papageorgiou General Hospital: Greece’s first smart hospital, pages 26-27 The [...]

February 5th, 2021|Greek Business File|

Holocaust remembrance

by Photini Tomai* On November 1st, 2005, the United Nations Assembly unanimously designated this day, to urge the nations of the world to observe it so that future generations will be spared acts of genocide. To this day, USA, Canada, Australia, the OSCE countries, among which Greece too, commemorate the Holocaust on 27 January. For Greece, this day was established in 2004 with a law voted by the Greek Parliament; a presidential decree passed in 2005 regulates the commemorative events [...]

January 27th, 2021|Greek Business File|

I. Kapodistrias: The man who wrote the first chapter of modern Greek history

In January 1826, in Bern, Switzerland, Ioannis Kapodistrias, a Greek diplomat, swore faith to the new Emperor of Russia, Nicholas I and assisted in the commemoration of Alexander I at the local embassy. The news of the fall of Missolonghi in Greece urged Kapodistrias to visit Paris, the Netherlands, and Paris again to influence the public opinion. During his last trip, he was informed that the Third Greek National Assembly of Troezen had elected him as Governor of the Greek [...]

January 21st, 2021|Greek Business File|

Mass tourism: Blessing or curse for Greece?

Like most have predicted, the 2020 tourism season for Greece has been tough. According to ΙNSETE Intelligence (the Research Institute of the Greek Tourism Confederation) , inbound tourism plunged by 78%. Just 60% of all hotels in Greece operated, most of them for a short period of time. Average occupancy rates during the summer period dropped to 23%, bringing in less than €2.8 billion in revenue – a 67% drop compared to the €8.5 billion of 2019. “This is an [...]

January 13th, 2021|Greek Business File|

“Greeks are ahead of the global crypto trend”: N. Platias talks about the immense possibilities of cryptocurrencies

"It is promising to see strong Greek cybercommunities in the space contributing to education and networking, notably pioneered by the vibrant and fast-growing Greek Cryptocurrency Community. There are strong signs that Greeks are ahead of the global crypto trend and will play a key role in shaping its future." "Consumers use Chai to purchase goods and services across dozens of e-commerce merchants" Nicholas Platias, Head of Research at Terra, the cryptocurrency used by Chai, believes Greece can play [...]

January 8th, 2021|Greek Business File|

Greece- Turkey: Troubled waters, troubled economic relations, a lose-lose situation

By Symela Touchtidou-@stouchtidou For neighbors being so close, Greece and Turkey are not close economic partners. Bilateral trade is subdued, cross-border investments and tourism are restrained. And they have been further shrinking in 2020. Is it the result of the pandemic crisis that hit the global economy? Or is it the product of rising tensions between the two countries that brought them on the brink of a conflict in the summer of 2020? “Mostly it is due to the deterioration [...]

December 30th, 2020|Greek Business File|

The “Holy Grail” of energy and a future without poverty: N. Negroponte discusses with M. Bletsas

What would it take to bring people out of poverty, to take slums and convert them, to redo deserts for mankind? How advanced the Chinese and the Russians are in nuclear fusion? How is “biotech is the new digital"? Michalis Bletsas is a research scientist and the Director of Computing at the MIT Media Lab Michalis Bletsas discusses with Nicholas Negroponte the important issues that will shape the future of humankind, beyond the pandemic crisis. Asked by Michalis [...]

December 24th, 2020|Greek Business File|
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