Peter Katsabanis, President of World Hellenic Inter-parliamentary Association, says harnessing the talents of the Global Hellenic Diaspora is important as Greece heads for the polls. Peter Katsabanis, WA Liberal MP and President of World Hellenic
Inter-parliamentary Association (WHIA), talking to Neos Kosmos, said that if Greece really aims to be the infrastructure hub for the Balkans, it “needs to ensure it has the rail and road links as well as strong modern port facilities encouraging Greece to become a hub.”
He pointed to Singapore, a nation with similar ‘geostrategic experiences’, as well as the region’s other economic and port hubs like UAE, Abu Dhabi, Oman as nations “who do it better” than Greece.
Mr Katsabanis pointed to the country’s assets. “Greece is in a wonderful position, from defence and economic viewpoints, we are an historic bridge of east and west, as a people we are rooted in Asia and in Europe,” he said, adding that the Hellenic diaspora can positively and strategically impact on the political and economic re-emergence of Greece as a hub in the Mediterranean and Middle East.
“It is disappointing as we head into this election, in 2019, that Greeks citizens living abroad who are registered to vote, cannot vote unless they fly to Greece and go to their village and vote,” Mr Katsabanis said.
He added that Greeks living outside their place of registration have to do the same.
Mr Katsabanis lays blame not only on the current but all previous governments as well.