Shipping, Greece’s powerhouse, is asked to change course for the sake of its people and the planet.
The May/ June 2021 issue of Greek Business File (GBF) looks into the new landscape created in the post pandemic era and by the new environmental rules.

• Dimitrios Fafalios, chairman of the International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (Intercargo), talks about the “exremely disappointing” vaccination program for seafarers, the consequences of the Covid-19 crisis on the dry bulk market, the IMO2020 regulations and the shipping industry environmental compliance and explains what needs to be done to see more ships flying the Greek flag.
• Dinos Arcoumanis, director and member of the board of the Angelicoussis Shipping, discusses shipping and energy with Antonis Papagiannidis, the future of natural gas as transition fuel, green hydrogen and green ammonia in the race to become the dominant marine fuels, the total cost of decarbonisation and the Greek proposal to EU for an alternative approach to the Emissions Trading System (ETS).

Furthermore, in the May/ June 2021 of Greek Business File:

In an interview to G. Vailakiks, deputy minister of Foreign Affairs for Economic Diplomacy, Kostas Fragogiannis, describes the methods to attract foreign investments in Greece, the big projects in place, the ones in the pipeline and the partnerships of the Greek state with the knowledge-intensive Greek communities of the Diaspora.

For Greece’s existential bet, the opening of tourism, we present the main rules applied to visitors and the industry. We also host a broad overview for the return of cruise ships at the Greek islands. Greece is among the first countries in the world to welcome cruise ships to all of its ports.

In the Digital Economy department, professor Yannis Caloghirou writes about the role Greece could play as the global production landscape is reshaped. He also analyses the Greek paradox of excelling in research programs but failing in innovations and technological progress.

Dr. Giorgos Konstantopoulos, president of the Greek Exporters Association, argues that Brexit is Greece’s big opportunity, especially if it manages to offer new “Cities”.

In the Banking department, ex minister of Finances, Gikas Hardouvelis, explains the impact of the pandemic crisis on non-performing exposures in Greece.

Maria Boletsi, endowed professor of Modern Greek Studies at the University of Amsterdam (Marilena Laskaridis Chair), talks about the future of Modern Greek Studies in the world.

Dr. Christos Anagnostopoulos, of University of Central Lancashire Cyprus, presents the curious case of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

In Business news, we look into:

• MAKVEL and the science of making great pasta by the number one pasta producer in Greece
• Piraeus Bank’ renewed efforts to shrink bad debt

In our opinion columns:
• Antonis Papagiannidis explains what “Open for business” entails
• Anthony Kefalas presents the challenges and opportunities for the Greek startup ecosystem
• Nick Papandreou wonders if in Greece one can “Get away with murder” referring to the new Greek penal code

Photini Tomai puts in perspective the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan and their far reaching impact in modern Europe.

In the Bicentennial column we read the story of Grigorios Maraslis, the man who never turned a blind eye to the suffering of others.

The GBF May/ June 2021 issue pays tribute to Yiannis Angelicoussis, one of the most prominent shipowners of the world and to Kyriakos Filippou the pioneer, who revolutionized the food industry in Greece.

The May/ June 2021 issue is available here.