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MARKET UPDATE: GREECE Stergios Pitsiorlas: “I profoundly believe that Greece is currently faced with a great opportunity to become a very important country in the field of sea transport as well as in the maritime industry.” Privatisation boosts prospects for foreign investors Marina World’s Greek correspondent, Eliza Salpisti, interviews Stergios Pitsiorlas, chairman of HRADF and the mind behind the development of Greece’s assets. Eliza Salpisti (ES): Please tell us about the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) and its role in the Greek economy. Stergios Pitsiorlas (SP): HRADF is currently materialising a specific privatisation programme, which is part of an overall agreement concluded between the country and its lenders. The main objective is to obtain revenues, which will service the country’s debt while, at the same time, changing the Greek economy’s structure and reducing the role of the state. I personally attach particular importance to the dynamics created by the privatisation programme as well as to the opening of great prospects for attracting foreign investment to Greece. ES: How does HRADF attract international capital to the country? SP: An outstanding example is the concession of the country’s two big ports. The geographic position of Greece enables the country to become an important hub in the entire network of global intermodal transport. This is actually the reason why such a big Chinese interest was expressed in the port of Piraeus and why such international interest was expressed in the port of Thessaloniki. The concession of these ports to big international companies also paves the way for the upgrading of the role of the railways and the creation of important logistic centres etc. The same applies in the energy sector, the tourism sector and so on. The materialisation of the privatisation programme allows Greece to take full advantage of its strengths, cooperate with big global players in various sectors and fields, and create new and important prospects which will revitalise major sectors of its economy and integrate the country into the international scene. ES: How is HRADF associated with Greece’s tourist ports infrastructure? SP: HRADF’s portfolio includes tourist ports and marinas. Therefore, the fund has a direct involvement in the whole issue. In my opinion, the problem related to marinas is still a major one for Greece. Our country has every prerequisite and great potential to become the centre of maritime tourism in the Mediterranean, but must rapidly obtain the infrastructure needed for such a goal to be made possible. In these frames, HRADF will undertake key initiatives. The privatisation of Privatisation of Alimos Marina is HRADF’s first goal. www.marinaworld.com - November/December 2016 43

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