The crisis-hit country concluded a crucial bailout review in
June and returned to bond markets for the first time in three
years in July. How its economy fares is crucial as its third,
86-billion euro bailout expires in 2018.
Athens had projected that the economy would expand by 1.8
percent this year, revising downwards a previous 2.7 percent
"The projections that 2017 will end with growth rates close to 2
percent will be confirmed," Tsipras said, adding that
unemployment, which now stands at 21.7 percent, was set to fall
below 20 percent next year.
A new state development bank aimed at funding small and
medium-sized businesses will be operational in the first quarter
of 2018, Tsipras said.
(Reporting by Renee Maltezou and Angeliki Koutantou)
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