Seven keys seen for recovery
Top research center stresses political stability, reforms especially privatizations and tackling corruption
The recovery of the Greek economy, which is already under way, depends on seven key factors outlined by the countrys respected Center of Planning and Economic Research (KEPE) in a report released on Wednesday.
These are listed as political stability, a comprehensive development plan with short- and long-term targets, the continuation of the promotion and adoption of the necessary structural reforms, the modernization of public administration and the judicial system, an overhaul of the tax system to fight tax evasion, cuts in red tape and administrative costs, and tackling corruption.
According to the report, the goal of maintaining the stabilization of public finances in 2014 seems attainable but important constraints are posed by political disagreements as regards structural reforms, the results of European stress tests on Greek banks and nonperforming loans.
KEPEs fear index regarding the Greek economy, which stood at 35.26 percent on July 15, was slightly higher than the average for the period since January 1, 2004 (34.5 percent). This is taken to reflect the continued rebound in confidence in the Greek economy and stock market, as well as favorable investor expectations regarding the derivatives market.
Liquidity for enterprises remains an important problem, the report notes. The gradual restoration of normal financing conditions depends largely on the successful restructuring and recapitalization of banks, and dealing with the problem of nonperforming loans, given the high cost of financing.
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