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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-08-29

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  • [01] PM Samaras holds investment talks with IBM, Nestle executives
  • [02] FinMin : 'We will succeed, figures are working out'

  • [01] PM Samaras holds investment talks with IBM, Nestle executives

    ANA-MPA -- Prime Minister Antonis Samaras separately met on Monday with representatives of IBM and Nestle Hellas, to discuss business collaboration and expansion.

    IMB President and CEO Virginia Rometty and IBM Hellas chief executive Spyros Poulidas discussed the government's intention to promote Greece as a technology and innovation hub in the greater area, developing the necessary technical expertise, attracting investments and using the existing human resources in Greece.

    IBM expressed interest in collaboration with small and medium-sized enterprises, providing training and programmes to support them. It is also interested in creating a business analytics centre for investments in Europe, a project that could create about 120 positions for specialised staff.

    Rometty explained how IMB works with governments using Big Data, Cloud Computing, Social Business networks and mobile technologies.

    Poulidis said the company has a 75-year presence in the Greek market and is involved in projects that include free access to its products for research and study at Greek universities, linking them with institutions abroad and helping them create graduate programmes in Big Data and Business Analytics.

    During Samaras' meeting with Nestle manager for Europe Laurent Freixe they discussed the expansion of the company's collaboration with Greek distributors, based on the company's four plants in Greece.

    The company, Freixe said, had an investment programme that looked to create 10,000 new positions throughout Europe; in Greece, there would be 600 openings of a three-year duration each.

    [02] FinMin : 'We will succeed, figures are working out'

    ANA/MPA--Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras expressed optimism on Thursday on the course of the Greek economy saying, "There is hope, we shall succeed; the figures are working out, and we have covered two-thirds of the course."

    Speaking in Parliament during the discussion on state lotteries, Stournaras said, "We will face any problems that appear and we will push back, if necessary, amortisations and installments in order to secure the country's rescue."

    Stournaras charged criticis of the fiscal programme as "speculators who don't want Greece to be saved" and added that in the case of Greek offshore companies "we will nothing standing in this area".

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