In an interview with the state-run news service AMNA, US Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt said that the economic situation is better than it was a couple of years ago and stressed the need “to put a positive spotlight on the opportunities that Greece represents.”
Pyatt also noted ”you can see that in terms of unemployment numbers, in terms of growth rates, there is a very positive development, and even in Thessaloniki, a city that suffered so terribly during the decade of economic crisis, when I talk to business people they all have a sense that things are beginning to come back”.
Regarding prospects for the economy, Pyatt said ”the question is how fast is that growth going to take place? And the pace of that growth is going to be determined significantly by the signals that the Greek government sends to foreign investors. That’s part of what we want to do with the Strategic Dialogue: To put a positive spotlight on the opportunities that Greece represents, that’s what we were trying to do with the Thessaloniki Fair”.
The ambassador also noted that some additional clarification from the government is needed, saying there must be “an honest and direct conversation about the areas where Americans and other international investors are still looking for clarity in terms of government policy.”