Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis attended the introduction of the 14 institutional bodies that will participate in the Forum "Greece in 2040," organized by the "Greece 2021" Committee. Next October, the forum will take place targeting to map Greece's opportunities and prospects over the next twenty years.
The 14 institutions, representing productive sectors and social groups, will be called to identify the necessary interventions and useful initiatives needed in their respective field of specialization, and prepare our country to meet the future challenges, even claim a pioneering role.
In his statement, the Prime Minister asked the participants to refrain from merely repeating "views, thoughts, proposals, possibly even trade union demands that have been argued in public debate over time" but to contribute creatively to the compilation of a long-term plan for the future of the country.
"We can think more unrestrictedly and boldly in our effort to map out what the world will be like 20 years from now; name the challenges, define the prospects that spring up, above and beyond the constraints and opportunities of short-term political initiatives," Kyriakos Mitsotakis commented.
He added that in addition to its historical significance the emblematic year 2021 is an opportunity to shape the country's future identity. "The celebration for the 200th anniversary is not only an opportunity to reminisce about our glorious past and assess our historical journey as a whole. We are also compelled to specify our future - and our future, as I mentioned, must be examined in the long run, not only imminently," the Prime Minister noted.
"I cannot imagine a better contribution toward our future generations," he pointed out, "than our sincere reflection upon these new trends and the fundamental moral and political dilemmas that these important developments will force us to tackle."
"Our celebration will have multiple layers. That doesn't mean we will not honor the Revolution and the heroes. But we want, and we have decided it is of the utmost importance, for the celebration of the 200th anniversary to make a mark on the future. That is, to be our window into the future. I'd say, symbolically, to be the beginning of continuity. During the Forum that will occur on the 19, 20, and 21 October, with the 14 institutional bodies' participation, a White Paper will be drafted concerning the next 20 years. What do we expect from our country in the near future? What are the needed breakthroughs and the improvement initiatives, considering the international reality, the prospects but also, our idiosyncrasies?" remarked "Greece 2021" Committee President, Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki.
During the presentations, the emphasis was placed on the need to utilize new technologies for the economy's digital transformation and the significance of a shift towards "green" growth. Other issues that were raised referred to the reinforcing of entrepreneurship, workplace relationships as determined by the technological developments, and intergenerational solidarity. Particular emphasis was given to the development of infrastructure that will serve the needs and promote the country's potential, the upgrading of the tourism product, and the role of public education in research and societies characterized by high knowledge level.
The teleconference was attended by the President of the Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen & Merchants (GSEVEE) Georgios Kavathas, the President of the Hellenic Confederation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ESEE) Georgios Karanikas, the Rector of the Hellenic Universities Rectors' Synod Spyros Kintzios, the President of the Union of the Hellenic Chambers of Commerce Konstantinos Michalos, the President of the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE) Giannis Panagopoulos, the President of the Association of Information Technology & Communications Companies of Greece - SEPE Giota Paparidou, the President of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping Georgios Pateras, the President of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises Giannis Retsos, the President of NEW PASEGES (Agricultural Cooperatives) Pavlos Satolias, the President of the Union of Judges and Prosecutors (ENDE) Christophoros Sevastidis, the President of the Technical Chamber of Greece Georgios Stasinos, the President of the Hellenic Banking Association Georgios Hatzinikolaou and the Director-General of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) Alexandros Hatzopoulos. The institutional bodies also include the Civil Servants' Confederation (ADEDY).
Deputy President of the Pissarides Committee, Nikos Vettas, Chief Executive Coordinator of the "Greece 2021" Committee Marton Simitsek, coordinator of the "foresight" group Giannis Mastrogeorgiou, and Secretary-General of the Hellenic Parliament Georgios Mylonakis also participated in the conference.