Alexis Tsipras sent an optimistic message that the Greek economy is turning the corner at a meeting with Greek American business leaders in Chicago.
“The Greek comeback is upon us” he said during a two-hour meeting Saturday with 12 Greek-American businessmen.
The Greek premier said that the country is leaving behind not only the economic crisis but also the development model that led Greece into debt and bailouts.
He underlined some factors that have adversely affected investments in the past, citing gigantic bureaucracy and the confusing and often contradictory laws.
Tsipras assured his audience of his own and his government’s absolute commitment to foreign investors and added that changes in the legal framework that are implemented would make investment easier.
According to reports, most of the Greek-American businessmen expressed their readiness to strengthen their relations with Greece.
They asked that communication and exchange of information between the government in Athens and the US business community should be improved.
Some were skeptical, saying that similar meetings between Greek PMs and business leaders yielded very little concrete results in the past.
The meeting was attended by: Endy Zemenidis (HALC), Anthony Chrysanthou (tech startup translate.com), Richard Driehaus (Driehaus Capital), Martin Cabrera (Cabrera Capital), Maria Pappas (Treasurer of Cook County), Mary Barnicle ), Michael Marks (Cushman and Wakefield), Aaron Rice (Baker McKenzie), Ted Diamantidis (Diamond Importers), Kevin Johnson (Glidepath Solutions president), Dimitri Eliopoulos (managing director of RMB Capital), Elias Boufis (Driehaus Private Equity).