On Friday, 08 February 2019, the Alternate Minister of National Defence Panagiotis Rigas attended the event for the cutting of the New Year’s Pie for Domestic Defence Industry, organized by the MoD’s General Directorate of Defence Investments and Armaments at the Armed Forces Officers’ Club. The event was attended by the Presidents and Directors of both Associations of Defence Industry (HASDIG and SEKPY) and a large number of their members.
The Alternate Minister of National Defence in his address noted the following:
“Our presence here today is festive in nature, since it is related to the cutting of the New Year’s Pie, but at the same time it is an opportunity to make an assessment and set targets for the near future.
2019 is a new year, not only in terms of a calendar year, but from the point of view of a new opportunity in our country’s progress towards development and economic regeneration.
As you all know, in August 2018 we officially got out of the memoranda and fiscal surveillance status after 8 years of a difficult and demanding challenge for the society and the productive forces.
No-one says that the road will be smooth, but the healthy and productive forces of the Greek economy may get out into the field and unravel their potential. Now the road ahead is open to go and broaden it.
Given the problems of the state defence industry that are much rooted in the past, the sector of domestic defence industry in its whole not only survived the difficult years of the crisis, but has developed focusing on outreach and serving as a model for other sectors of the economy as well.
It is common knowledge that in modern-day circumstances, there are no water-tight boundaries between the sub-sectors of industry, just like there are no geographical limits.
The defence industry with its development and the broadening of its scope, forms the basis for both industrial development and the country’s economic regeneration at the same time.
Nowadays, the development of technology and the dissemination of information represent the new dynamic scope that spreads development across the entire economy.
There is an exchange, but also interdependence, between the sub-sectors of industry; however, there are alternative solutions.
Economic regeneration passes through the public and the private sector. This relationship is not a one-way relationship, just like it is not cut off from the whole society.
As regards the sector of defence industry, it would not be inappropriate to conclude that not everything that should have been done has been done, so that the contribution of the domestic defence industry, either public or private, in meeting the needs of the Armed Forces would increase and at the same time, its export role would be supported.
However we do not stick to that.
It would be well to examine the facts and produce solutions.
The National Defence Industrial Strategy, which has advanced at planning and institutionalization level, should lead us to the next steps.
The political leadership of the Ministry of National Defence is at your disposal; it is open to thoughts, suggestions, discussions in its direction.
Our priority is to meet the current needs of the Armed Forces, but also to extend the meeting of their future needs within a framework of an increasing Greek added value and acquisition of know-how for the domestic industry.
As a defence industry, we are in need of independence on one hand and complementarity on the other hand. That is the right balance for economies of our scale.
There is no room for overlapping and unfruitful competitions. We promote the idea of partnership and complementarity both at national and international level.
This is our main focus and we are calling on you to cooperate. The General Directorate of Defence Investments and Armaments is a stable point of reference in this cooperation.
Each one of us takes a share of responsibility that should be administered, as if we bear 100% responsibility in our sector.
The State, the government and the leadership of the Minister of National Defence have carried out a task so far and we go on.
The new situation that is developing in our country creates new opportunities, but also new obligations for all of us.
Happy and creative new year!
Best wishes for health to all!”