Greece Appoints Internationally-Recognized Experts to Shape Nation’s Growth Plan



The Greek government announced on Thursday the formation of a special commission to draft a new “Growth Plan” for the Greek economy.

The commission includes economists and executives who will combine their accumulated academic knowledge, international acumen, market knowledge and experience to design new economic policy.

The chairman of the new commission will be Sir Christopher Pissarides, the British-Cypriot economist and professor at the London School of Economics (LSE) who won the 2010 Nobel Prize for Economics.

The deputy chairman of the group will be Nikos Vettas, who serves as the managing director of Greece’s Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) along with his work as a professor at the Economic University of Athens.

Other members will include Dimitris Vagianos, a professor at the London School of Economics and Konstantinos Meghir, a professor at Yale University.

Additional members include Kyriakos Andreou, an Advisory leader of Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC); Constantinos Arkalakis from Yale University; Manolis Galelianos from the Royal Holloway, University of London; and Christos Genakos from the Athens Economic University and Cambridge.

The IOBE’s Svetoslav Danchev, Big Pi Ventures’ Aristos Doxiadis, Grant Thornton Chairman Nikos Karamouzis, Athens Economic University’s Phoebe Kountouri, DIW’s Alexandros Kritikos, the University of Crete’s Daphne Nikolitsa, and Athens Economic University’s Diomides Spinellis and Panos Tsakloglou will also be part of the organization.

The Commission will submit a preliminary report by the end of this month, focusing on the axis of strong economic growth and the basic changes to be made in the current course and that of the previous government.

The organizations will submit an interim plan three months after launching its operations and its final report nine months from now.

With information from AMNA