“200 Years of the Greek economy: between state and market”

Academic Meeting of the Historical Archives of Alpha Bank and of the Bank of Greece. 

The Historical Archives of Alpha Bank and of the Bank of Greece organized in the city of Nafplio an academic meeting of particular significance, as part of the two banks’ contribution to the celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the Greek War of Independence. 

The Meeting, which took place from December 2 to 4, 2021, was titled “200 years of the Greek economy: between state and market” and was held under the auspices of H.E. the President of the Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou`. 

It was also hosted at a venue of high symbolism – the Vouleftiko building, where the Greek Parliament had its seat from the autumn of 1825 to the spring of 1826.

The aim of the Academic Meeting was to examine the performance of the Greek economy from the beginnings of the Greek state’s history to the present day, and evaluate it in an international comparative context.

The Meeting’s activities began on Thursday, December 2, 2021. The Director of the Centre for Culture, Research and Documentation of the Bank of Greece, Mr. Panagiotis Panagakis and the Professor of the University of Athens and Head of the Alpha Bank Historical Archives of Alpha Bank, Mr. Kostas Kostis, gave brief welcome addresses. 

These were followed by the Meeting’s keynote speech, given by the distinguished Professor Şevket Pamuk (Boğaziçi University) on the subject of Turkey’s economic development in the 19th and 20th centuries in a comparative perspective.

During the meeting, twenty speeches were given by distinguished scientists of various fields (economists, historians, political scientists, sociologists) from Greece and abroad - the most specialized in the topics they were asked to cover.

The last day culminated with the keynote speeches of the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alpha Bank Mr. Vasileios Rapanos and the Governor of the Bank of Greece Mr. Yannis Stournaras. 

The Academic Meeting was broadcast live on 
Alpha Bank’s YouTube channel. To watch the speeches, click here.