The Forum "Greece 2040" started its work yesterday, which is an action of the "Greece 2021" Committee. The Forum presents the results of the studies carried out during a year:
From the 16 Institutional Bodies of the country, representatives of productive sectors and social partners, for the presentation of their experience and the planning of the course towards 2040.
From the 10 Thematic Working Groups under the coordination of members of the Plenary Session of the Committee "Greece 2021", with a focused interest in social, political and economic issues.
From international personalities of recognized prestige in specific sectors, who present important aspects of the international landscape in which Greece will be called to move in the future.
The conclusions will be reflected in the "White Paper: Greece in 2040", which will be at the disposal of the political leadership, but also of every interested citizen.
Due to the pandemic, the Forum is done online, and anyone can watch the topic that concerns them, without any limit on the number of people who will go to the platform.
"Greece 2040: building our common future together"
The first day of the Forum "Greece 18" started yesterday (10/2040) with the speech of the president of the Executive Committee of the Association of Enterprises and Industries, Efthymiou Vidalis.
Mr. Vidalis, in his speech entitled "Greece 2040: building our common future together" stressed that the future is very difficult to predict as changes are made at a high pace and are usually underestimated. What we can do as citizens and as a country in general is to constantly adapt, said Mr. Vidalis.
"The declining availability of critical natural resources makes it necessary to accelerate the transition to the circular economy," said the chairman of the BSE Executive Committee, adding that it is also necessary to create and exploit productive industrial systems, our participation in international production chains and international trade.
"Greece, in order to create the conditions for adaptability and resilience so that 2040 is among the developed countries, must follow a holistic approach in all dimensions of the technological transformation, by bridging the skills gap, with radical changes in the way we approach education, with an integrated industrial strategy, with targeted interventions, with modern infrastructures, with strengthening of business innovation and with interventions to deal with climate change ", Mr. Vidalis underlined.
"Sustainable development, economic democracy and social cohesion with small businesses at the forefront"
This was followed by the speech of the president of GSEVEE - General Confederation of Professional Craftsmen of Greece (GSEVEE), Georgios Kavvathas entitled: "Sustainable development, economic democracy and social cohesion with small businesses at the forefront".
In his speech, Mr. Kavvathas referred to the importance and contribution of small Greek companies in the Greek economy, typically saying that they are its "backbone". He then outlined the problems and challenges faced by small businesses in Greece today and the tasks of GSEVEE.
As one of the main problems faced by small businesses, he mentioned their disconnection from the banking sector, Mr. Kavvathas stressed, adding that this can be solved by designing and implementing financial tools tailored to the needs of small businesses.
"Retail trade in 2040"
This was followed by the president of the Hellenic Confederation of Commerce & Entrepreneurship, George Karanikas, where in his speech entitled "Retail trade in 2040" stressed that the potential of digital technology will largely determine the survival of tomorrow's retail businesses.
At the same time, he noted that the operating conditions of both entrepreneurship in general and retail trade are changing drastically. "Shielding businesses with the right policies and tools to transform them based on modern challenges is considered necessary because of their significant contribution to the domestic economy and social and interregional cohesion." underlined Mr. Karanikas.
"Hellenic Agriculture 2040: Development pillars of a sustainable ecosystem"
The president of the New Panhellenic Association of Agricultural Cooperatives and Cooperative Associations of Agricultural Cooperatives (PASEGES), Pavlos Satolias presented the study prepared by NEA PASEGES entitled "Greek Agriculture 2040: Development pillars of a sustainable environment".
The study was also presented by the collaborators, Moschos Korasidis, agronomist, former secretary general. of the Ministry of Rural Development and Food and George Kormentzas, professor at the University of the Aegean.
Mr. Satolias stressed that Greek agriculture, which is one of the most important pillars of the national economy, is in a phase of transition from traditional farming practices to digital agriculture, which aims to improve production in a sustainable way.
These sectors that can interconnected and cooperatively intelligently transform Greek agriculture are, as Mr. Satolias noted, the following:
αstructural interventions to ensure the sustainability of Greek agriculture, with an emphasis on investment support and a brave new land policy that will allow young farmers to join the area,
βdesign and implementation of flagship projects for water management and utilization of RES for energy production,
γstrengthening cooperation to ensure the producer's position in the agri-food chain; and
δrationalization and transparency in the management of Community subsidies for a product with an investment sign.
"The agri-food sector at the center of development of Greece in the next twenty years"
Then Napoleon Maravegias, Professor of European Economic Integration at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and member of the plenary session of the Committee "Greece 2021" presented the results of the study "The agri-food sector at the heart of Greece's development over the next twenty years."
As Mr. Maravegias pointed out, the development of the agri-food sector in the next twenty years requires a national strategy for tackling climate change, which will include, among other things, accumulation of knowledge, awareness and information of all involved, sustainable management of natural resources, creation new varieties tolerant of new conditions and special measures for animal husbandry.
At the same time, as Mr. Maravegias stressed, there is a need to create a sustainable agricultural economy, the production of new innovative products with high demand, highlighting the productive identity of each region and connecting the agri-food sector with tourism.
"Greek Agriculture in 2040: Forecasts and Estimates"
The rector of the Agricultural University of Athens, Spyridon Kintzios, presented the study of his team entitled "Greek Agriculture in 2040: Forecasts and Estimates".
Mr. Kintzios, after presenting the strengths and weaknesses of agriculture in Greece, then referred to the opportunities presented for its greater development in the future. According to Mr. Kinzio, these are the rapid development of technology and the reduction of the cost of the relevant equipment. Also the growing interest of consumers internationally for quality food as well as the strengthening of interest in health issues especially in the post-covid 19 era.
Mr. Kintzios noted that the increase of the educational level of the rural population and the aim of the new green agreement in the development and the promotion of a more sustainable model of development will play an important role.
"In the coming decades, the agricultural sector will be based mainly on the development of food, beverage and tobacco processing and is at the same time the critical lever for the development of agriculture. "The further development of the manufacturing sector will be a strategic axis for the development of the primary sector in the future," said Mr. Kintzios.
"Digital Greece in 2040"
The president of the Association of Information Technology & Communications of Greece (SEPE), Giota Paparidou, and her collaborators presented the SEPE report entitled "the digital Greece of 2040".
Ms. Paparidou stressed that after the pandemic crisis, the orientation, both nationally and globally, is clear and common and this is the rapid digital transformation of all productive sectors of society and the state.
The realization of the vision of digital Greece of 2040, for SEPE is based on 12 strategic axes, which will bring horizontal and strategically important advantages for the country.
These are the axes are:
-The creation of a "digitally ready" society
Creating the "Future of Work"
-Development of a people-centered government
-Development of smart, sustainable cities and regions
- "Smart" energy
-The future of health
-Greece to become a global Hub for high value business services
-The development of smart industry
-The future of supply chains
-Innovation and entrepreneurship
-The future of agri-food
"Tourism in 2040"
The Chairman of the Board of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), Giannis Retsos, presented the study entitled "Tourism in 2040".
Mr. Retsos stressed that the development model we follow can not meet the current and future conditions and must be replaced by an extroverted and innovative model. The ultimate goal of the new model proposed by SETE is the emergence of Greece as a mature and safe tourist destination, which will offer a seamless, sustainable and high level experience in the whole spectrum and ecosystem of the tourist value chain.
It is a flexible and open to feedback proposal, as Mr. Retsos noted, in order to respond to the ever-changing landscape.
"Possibilities of highlighting, utilizing and preserving the mild power of Greece"
Panagiotis Chinofotis, Member of the Plenary Session of the Committee "Greece 2021" Admiral e.a. Navy, Honorary Commander of GEETHA, former Deputy Minister of Interior presented the study entitled "Possibilities of promotion, utilization and preservation of the Mild Power of Greece".
"As a key component of our strategy, tough power must remain with its dominant defense, economic, diplomatic and technological dimension. It is the condition of safeguarding the fundamental interests of our country. " Mr. Chinofotis stressed, adding that "new forms of power utilized with skill complement and support hard power".
"Innovation and production in the modern era"
Andrew Libanis, co-founder and president of The Hellenic Initiative, which aims to support Greece's economic recovery, in his speech referred to the trends and challenges in the field of production of the international scene where Greece will be invited to face in the coming years and in the innovative strategies that it will have to develop to respond.