Ways of achieving economic growth and ensuring equal opportunities for all were discussed during the first day of the Delphi Economic Forum 2019, which is currently taking place in Delphi, central Greece.
The forum opened its doors on Thursday, in the presence of EU Commissioners, state officials and foreign diplomats, as well as prominent personalities from the fields of entrepreneurship, economy and academia. In its fourth edition, the forum is focusing on the challenges of inclusive growth*.
“After 10 years of deep economic crisis, Greece really needs to return to growth,” said Delphi Economic Forum president Symeon Tsomokos during the opening ceremony.
“This issue concerns all countries of Southeastern Europe, as well as other countries that seek ways to achieve economic growth and also improve their social cohesion,” he added.
Also referring to the forum’s theme, Hellenic Parliament President Nikos Voutsis said that it highlights the deep cause of the problem, which is the social exclusion of people… “We seek for a kind of growth that can include everybody, incorporate new technologies; take action against climate change, look into the issue of population ageing,” he underlined.
Meanwhile, the President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopios Pavlopoulos, spoke of the current accelerated technological progress, the innovations and challenges that abruptly change society. “We are in the first phase of the co-called 4th Industrial Revolution which, could be regarded as a technological revolution, where informatics and artificial intelligence lead up to a parallel space of human creativity,” he said.
The Delphi Economic Forum IV aims to provide answers to a number of questions regarding the future of the European Union and the transantlatic relations; UK’s exit from the European Union; the migration crisis; climate change; the development of technology and the fourth industrial revolution, among other issues.
The forum will continue on Friday, March 1, with a keynote speech by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. It will close its doors on Sunday, March 3.
*According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), inclusive growth is economic growth that is distributed fairly across society and creates opportunities for all.