Undoubtedly, the period of the past months has been an unprecedented test for our country, but also for the planet as a whole. Entire countries, their organizations, health systems and economies have been put to the test, and continue to be tested.
Significantly, Greece managed to respond in a highly positive way to the circumstances during the pandemic period, setting a global example of discipline and efficiency.
The question that arises the day after, if we can say that we are already in the day after, is What’s next?
Given the coming recession, and with forecasts for a drop of 3% to 12% - which just show how difficult it is to predict with certainty what the near future holds for us, the society as a whole, the business world, workers, the Government and state agencies and structures – a number of questions reasonably arise, such as “what did the pandemic teach us,” “what do we need to change, “what have we achieved and should we maintain, improve and strengthen.”
There is no doubt that the vast majority of citizens have shown maturity and discipline, and faithfully observed the scientific and administrative instructions and rules presented to them with. Clarity, reliably and persuasively.
Disciplined behavior contributed to the positive result and highlighted the need for this virtue to characterize the day after. But is this enough?
There are valid views about the need to restructure Greece’s productive model. Today, in the face of the difficulties faced by Greek tourism, certain opinions are voiced about a re-examination of the so- called “single-sector development model,” as this entails risks and unforeseen consequences. What are the areas that need to be reinforced?
At the same time sufficient liquidity must be available to the economy, with support to small and medium-sized enterprises as well as all those firms with solid growth prospects. Such economic measures are already being implemented.
These are the challenges of the day after! They concern the country and the economy as a whole, and each economic entity separately.
Our company, Zarifopoulos SA, was adequately prepared to deal with the Covid-19 crisis. In recent years, we have made a great effort to establish a rational corporate structure and administration, to help withstand the current and future challenges. Our efforts also focus on strengthening our openness to new materials, new, modern fields and knowhow.
In spite of the firm’s extensive geographic presence – in Athens and in ten branches across Greece with a total of more than 220 employees –we responded from the first moment of the pandemic in a planned, timely and effective manner safeguarding our personnel’s health. With the joint and disciplined effort of management and employees, we managed to have the company on standby and fully operative. We applied all medical and administrative protocols with reverence and meticulousness. This safeguarded the protection of our staff and the firm’s smooth operation.
Our systems’ readiness to function properly and in a critical manner in the public health and food supply sectors, as well as in reference – covid - 19 hospitals, supermarket chains, banks, etc., depended on our ability to respond effectively throughout this period. We made no compromise in our reliable response to protect our staff and our operations!