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Citi Greece sponsors The Economist Debate on the skills of the new generation to face future challenges, as part of its initiative to support the improvement of youth employability.


Athens, October 31, 2013.

Citi Greece, as part of the initiatives undertaken to improve youth employability in our country, sponsored the 2nd The Economist Debate held on Wednesday, October 30thon the issue "Does the new generation have the appropriate skills to face future challenges?"

The Economist Debates events regard open discussions, offering to interesting personalities from Greece and abroad a chance to 'compete’ on daily issues following Oxford’s model. Economist Debates are organized by The Economist magazine and are open to the public to participate by submitting questions, commenting and voting. Mr. Steve Bainbridge, Senior Analyst of European training policies, Cedefop and Mr. Michael Jacobides, Sir Donald Gordon Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, London Business School presented the two opposing opinions on the issue. Mr. Panagiotis Kanellopoulos, General Secretary for Youth of Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, signaled the official opening of the event with his welcoming speech, while Mr. Grant Carson, Citi Country Officer addressed greetings. Mr. Grant Carson stated: "We welcome and support any initiative that places young people and their future in focus. I'm convinced that today’s debate will produce significant findings that will boost the development of programs and activities for young people, and the cultivation of the right skills in order to succeed professionally in the global marketplace".

Mr. Steve Bainbridge’s view prevailed with the 51.08% of votes, arguing that today’s young people do have the skills required  to meet future challenges.
Citi, as part of its broader effort to support Greek society, contributes in focused activities on youth employability, such as the support of The Economist Debate on new generation’s skills and the initiative to carry out a pioneering research on the difficulties faced by young people in finding and keeping a fulfilling job. The research is funded by the Citi Foundation and is implemented by the Alba Graduate Business School Department of Applied Research at the American College of Greece, in order to compose a credible and effective proposal on how to improve youth employability. Research findings will be presented at a special event on November 22, 2013.


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