Greece climbs up the en­trepreneur­ship chart

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Greece’s rise on an in­ter­na­tional en­trepreneur­ship chart shows that Greeks can ex­cel in business but the coun­try is un­able to support them ad­e­quately.

De­spite the dif­fi­cul­ties busi­nesses face in Greece, the 2015 Global En­trepreneur­ship In­dex com­piled by the Wash­ing­ton­based Global En­trepreneur­ship and De­vel­op­ment In­sti­tute (GEDI) showed Greece has climbed 12 po­si­tions in one year, as it now finds it­self in 47th place in the chart of 130 coun­tries, from 59th among 121 coun­tries last year.

Greece scored 42 points, from 37.5 last year, se­cur­ing the six­th­biggest points in­crease among all the coun­tries mon­i­tored and the great­est rise on the chart.

The main ob­sta­cles faced by business de­vel­op­ers in Greece to­day, ac­cord­ing to the GEDI re­port is­sued yes­ter­day, are the coun­try’s bu­reau­cracy, cor­rup­tion and neg­a­tive at­ti­tudes to­ward en­trepreneur­ship.

On the other hand, the strong points cited are the skills of Greek en­trepreneurs, the in­cor­po­ra­tion of tech­nol­ogy and hu­man re­sources.

The above are among the 14 fac­tors that the GEDI survey ex­am­ines to com­pose each coun­try’s en­trepreneur­ship pro­file.

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