The Minister of National Economy and Finance appeared satisfied after the work of the Spring Meeting of the IMF and the World Bank – in which he participated, in Washington.

“It was clear! In all the meetings and discussions I had in the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund. Greece is the pleasant surprise of the European economy. Everyone recognizes it: representatives of international organizations, financial analysts, international investment banks. It is our duty to continue the effort with seriousness and determination. For new and better jobs and a higher standard of living for all Greeks” said Kostis Hatzidakis.

On the sidelines of the Synod, Mr. Hatzidakis had meetings with the Director General of the IMF Kristalina Georgieva, the Director of the Department of Fiscal Affairs of the IMF Vítor Gaspar and the Director of the European Department of the IMF Alfred Kammer.

In addition, Mr. Hatzidakis had meetings with high-ranking executives of investment and banking groups and rating agencies, while S&P upgraded Greece’s outlook to positive – “proof that Greece’s efforts are paying off”, according to the minister.

In particular, with the chairman of the Goldman Sachs group John Waldron and the vice-chairman of Citigroup Jay Collins, Mr. Hatzidakis discussed the prospects of the Greek and global economy and invited the two investment banks to expand their activities in Greece.

Mr. Hatzidakis also had similar discussions with representatives of rating agencies and financial analysts, while he also took part in the Ministerial Meeting of the International Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which aims to formulate strategic directions for dealing with money laundering and financing of terrorism.

Furthermore, Mr. Hatzidakis participated in the introductory meeting of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC), in which the course and prospects of the world economy were analyzed, and in the Working Dinner of the Ministers.