OECD’s Gurria in Athens “There is life after debt”

I really love the wisdom of old gentlemen, normally settled in the comfortable throne of some international organization and a good, five-figure amount of money every month in their bank accounts. Angel Gurria, secretary general for OECD, is visiting Athens to meet the political leadership of the debt-ridden country. Gurria having apparently nothing else to offer than good wishes and many happy returns, tried to be smart in order to boost the frustrated Greek spirit. “There is life after debt,” Gurria heralded to the millions of Greeks who cannot cover their basic needs. Gurria also refrained from specifying for whom exactly there is life after the public debt has swallowed the last euro from our leaky pockets and wallets.

The Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Angel Gurria, praised Greece’s efforts during the ongoing crisis on Wednesday, as he presented the organization’s report on Greece to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras at the Maximos Mansion.

The OECD head congratulated the Greek premier and noted that Greece topped the global list with regard to structural reforms.

Earlier in the day Gurria met with PASOK chief and Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos. During the meeting Gurria referred to Greece’s “impressive adjustment program” and the “spectacular reversal in the balance of payments” as well as the country’s primary surplus. “There is life after debt,” said Gurria.

Speaking to the press after the meeting Venizelos said that the OECD report pointed to the fact that the Greek debt was sustainable.

Meanwhile, Gurria was also expected to meet with Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras and Development Minister Costis Hatzidakis before delivering a keynote speech at a Constantinos Karamanlis Institute for Democracy function on Wednesday evening. (via ekathiimerini)





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