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South African Greeks (Interview with Mr Vassilis Konstantopoulos, Economist and Financial Director for CTI Financial Institute.
I would like to begin this article by saying that it has been an honour to interview this young, intelligent man…my friend Vassilis Konstantopoulous. Vassilis is a young Economist who is the Financial Director and Chief Analyst for CTI Financial Institute in Pretoria, South Africa. His interest in Greece's Economy and the crisis Greece is facing today is explained by him in such subtleness, honesty and hope. This was a difficult interview for me as my knowledge of finances let alone Greek Economics is quite limited. Vassili explained it in such 'lame man terms'... that he honestly gave a simple analysis both with factual and opinionated content. Let me start by saying that Vassil's parents originate from Kalamata and although he was born in South Africa, his love for Greece and his knowledge especially on Greek Economical and Finacial aspects is broad. Unfortunately, Vassilis Konstantopoulos asked not to be filmed for this interview and preferred his interview in writing.
This interview took place on the 3rd November 2014…over lunch with his lovely wife Anastasia Papageorgiou.
Vassili started off by saying…"Greece's Economic Recession may have bottomed out so far down that it might now start to see some light at the end of the tunnel. Looking at economic data... it is starting to indicate the worst might be behind for the Greek Economy."
I kind of disagreed with him at that moment and asked him... 'How can he say that when the country is nearly in it's 7th year of recession. People are unemployed and Greece's bailouts since 2010 has not done them any good.' ( I felt pretty Economically well read after this comment!!!) Vassili smiled and continued by saying…
"Yes, the country has a long way to go in reforming it's economy, but it is not an impossible task."
"With enough PATIENCE AND DETERMINATION…The Greek Economy could soon see at least better times ahead".
Well…here you have it…many may read this and say…What an optimist! But I can assure you a 'Greek, Tou Eksoterikou' especially an educated person like Vassilis Konstantopoulos, who loves and believes that Greece will make it through this trying time- can not be all that wrong.
Yes, for us…Greeks living in South Africa…we would like to think that Greece will reach her full Economic potential once again!I, Efh Kanavou would like to end by saying…Greece has overcome so much…this recession facing Greece today is just a 'tiny speck of dust' lying in a deep embedded crack that can be eventually 'dusted' away using the correct tools!
With the right people governing the country and making that difference…like Vassili quoted…"With PATIENCE AND DETERMINATION"…Greece should reach Economic Growth once again.
Written By: Efh Kanavou