At the top of the agenda of the Prime Minister's three-day visit to London are, on the one hand, contacts with investors to attract capital to the country, and on the other hand, the resumption of the demand for the return of the Parthenon Sculptures.
Armed with the recovery of the investment grade and the expected upgrade by Fitch in early December, Kyriakos Mitsotakis will hold a series of contacts and discussions with more than 200 portfolio managers managing around 30 trillion dollars.
The main objective is to reach a different investor audience and for the Greek stock market, which is expected in the next period to come under the radar of large long-term funds, for which the Greek stock market has so far not been investable. At the same time, the privatisation plan (banks and El.Venizelos airport) will be highlighted, as well as the share placement of Helleniq Energy (Hellenic Petroleum).
Indicative of the importance that the government attaches to this is the fact that the Prime Minister's official programme starts today with his participation in the investment conference organised by the Athens Stock Exchange and Morgan Stanley in the City, with Kyriakos Mitsotakis - as keynote speaker - presenting to leading investors the investment opportunities that are opening up in Greece, in the presence of more than 500 participants.
A total of 37 listed companies will participate in the conference, while three "heavyweight" panels are planned. For energy, with speakers Evangelos Mytilineos, Petros Tzanetakis (Motor Oil), George Kouvaris (GEK Terna), Konstantinos Mavros (PPC Renewables) and Alexandros Exarchos (Intrakat), for banks with speakers Vassilis Psaltis (Alpha), Fokionas Karavia (Eurobank), Pavlos Mylonas (ETE) and Christos Megalou (Piraeus), and for investments with speakers Stelios Ilias (BC Partners), Spyros Spyropoulos (Oaktree), Ana Plecas (Macquarie) and Stelios Theodosiou (HIG). On the government side, apart from the Prime Minister, his economic advisor Alexis Patelis will also speak at the conference.
British public opinion is on Greece's side for the Sculptures
On Tuesday, the Prime Minister will cross the threshold of Downing Street to have his first one-on-one meeting with his British counterpart, Rissy Sunak, where, apart from reviewing Greek-British relations and international developments, Kyriakos Mitsotakis will put on the table the issue of the return of the Parthenon Sculptures to their homeland.
Although expectations on this issue remain low, as an "ally" on the side of the Greek demand, a positive shift in public opinion in the United Kingdom for the repatriation and reunification of the sculptures stolen by Lord Elgin is recorded.
A recent report in the Financial Times, according to which Labour leader Kir Starmers, who is also leading in the polls, is expected to say in his meeting with Mitsotakis that he will not stand in the way of the return of the sculptures to Athens, is typical.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis' visit began yesterday afternoon, when the prime minister met with Greeks living in Britain who had the opportunity to vote for the first time in national elections this summer, and referred to the new law that will simplify the process of registering Greeks abroad on the electoral rolls.