09 November, 2005
Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, speaking at the dinner of the 16th annual conference of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday night, pointed out "explicitly and categorically" that phenomena of corruption and pathogeny in administration "that had remained untouched under the fear of political cost will not continue to trap the country in the past."
Karamanlis added, addressing the members of the country's business world, that "these phenomena are now being handled decisively and uncompromisingly and they are already beginning to retreat."
The prime minister also presented the government's strategy on the country's adjustment to the needs of the new economy and modern society.
Speaking on the issue of "The hour of the Greek economy", Karamanlis presented the conjuncture's wider framework.
"We are in the era in which we are crossing the new cycle of world history with big steps and which is characterized by big changes," the prime minister said and pointed out that in this framework our country is functioning through the European Union which "despite the difficulties it is going through and which are known to all, is continuing to be a force of reforms."
Karamanlis further said that despite the adversities of the international conjuncture and the weaknesses "bequeathed to the state and the economy by the past" and despite reactions by "conservatism, the privileged and the expressors of stagnation", the government is following an "integrated course plan."
Lastly, he stressed the need for strengthening the economy's extroversion through attracting foreign investments, increasing exports, strengthening shipping, expanding the tourist industry and backing the international business activities of the Greeks and added that the new era constitutes a challenge and opportunity for lofty targets.
Source: Athens News Agency