New bank as­so­ci­a­tion lead­er­ship to raise its pro­file

Kathimerini English - - Focus - YIAN­NIS PAPADOYIANNIS

Lenders are up­grad­ing the role of the Hel­lenic Bank As­so­ci­a­tion (HBA), with the aim of turn­ing it into an ac­tive voice that will in­ter­vene dy­nam­i­cally in is­sues con­cern­ing not only the credit sec­tor but also the econ­omy in gen­eral.

Now headed by Eurobank chair­man Niko­laos Karamouzis, the HBA as­pires to rein­vig­o­rate re­la­tions and con­tacts with so­cial part­ners (i.e. in­dus­tri­al­ists, tourism en­trepreneurs, shipown­ers, work­ers’ unions etc), min­istries, the Bank of Greece, the cap­i­tal mar­ket and so on.

To this end, the HBA has al­ready sched­uled a num­ber of pri­vate meet­ings that will mark the up­grad­ing of the as­so­ci­a­tion’s role. Con­tacts will also in­clude var­i­ous en­ti­ties, pol­i­cy­mak­ers, in­sti­tu­tional and eco­nomic fig­ures abroad, with the aim of pre­sent­ing the fis­cal achieve­ments of re­cent years and the state of the coun­try’s credit sec­tor.

The HBA hopes to raise its pro­file as re­gards key bank­ing mat­ters, such as non­per­form­ing loans, the ef­fi­cient fi­nanc­ing of en­ter­prises etc. This in­cludes the cre­ation of a Non­per­form­ing Loan Man­age­ment Fo­rum, which will be headed by Pi­raeus Bank gen­eral man­ager Spy­ros Pa­paspy­rou.

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