“We want to contribute to the Greek economy’s growth” Piraeus, Enterprise Greece CEOs tell ANA

Piraeus bank CEO Christos Megalou. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Yorgos Kontarinis)

ATHENS – Following the signature of a cooperation protocol between Piraeus Bank and Enterprise Greece on Wednesday, Piraeus Bank CEO Christos Megalou and Enterprise Greece CEO Elias Athanasiou underlined their determination to support export-oriented activity and growth in the Greek economy, especially the exports of Greek companies.

In statements to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA), they highlighted the importance of the agreement for the Greek economy and for export-oriented Greek businesses.

“Piraeus Bank wants to make a statement that with this agreement it is ready to finance the Greek economy. We have both the liquidity and the capability and the willingness to really help all Greek businesses, especially those engaged in foreign exports. We are dedicated to our goal, which in 2018 is to generate new financing amounting to three billion euros and are in the happy position to announced that, mid-way through the year, we have reached half our target. We are going for three billion euros in 2018 and even more in 2019,” Megalou said, noting the bank’s sincere desire to contribute to the Greek economy’s growth.

Athanasiou, on his part, said: “I am very excited about this agreement because it has been amply proved in all countries that when the private sector collaborates with the public sector a great deal is achieved. The agreement with Piraeus Bank also falls into this framework, not only through the access to financing that Greek companies will find but also in matters of banking advice, such as in contract farming where there are many products where the bank can provide assistance, can help start-up companies, as it can help with respect to the Golden Visa, the residence permit programmes…”