CNBC Africa last night hosted the screening of its first feature documentary: `Greece: An Economic Odyssey’. The documentary, sponsored by Investment Solutions, was shown at the ‘Slow in the City’ Lounge in Sandton. It premieres on CNBC Africa on Monday, July 16 at 8 p.m. CAT.

The hour-long documentary delves into Greece’s history and the origins of the current economic crisis through exclusive interviews with former Prime Ministers and finance ministers of the Mediterranean country. It was produced by award-winning Greek journalist Irene Nikolopoulou and CNBC Africa Features Editor Jill de Villiers. Forbes Africa Managing Editor Chris Bishop was the narrator.

“There are also important economic policy issues arising out of the Greek crisis that Africa and the rest of the world can draw lessons from and we will play our part by explaining and analysing these issues with some of the best minds the world has,’’ said CNBC Africa Chief Editor Godfrey Mutizwa. “In future we will look at the global debt crisis and Europe’s economic mess. The commitment and support of companies such as Investment Solutions makes it possible for us to delve into the issues and find the key actors in the dramas unfolding before us.’’

Greece: An Economic Odyssey is the first from ABN360’s new documentary division. ABN360, owners of CNBC Africa, believe there is a gap in the market for editorially strong investigative business documentaries on issues shaping and affecting the global economic landscape and their impact on Africa. The documentary was sponsored by South African asset manager Investment Solutions, with the goal of educating people on matters affecting Africa.

“Highlighting the European crisis is a vital and a key contributor in informing and enlightening us on exactly what went wrong in Greece. By knowing what not to do, we can prevent our growing economies from falling down the same path. It is very important for people to understand what happens when we choose to live beyond our means and how important it is to enforce a discipline in the ways in which we spend our money”, said Derrick Msibi, Managing Director of Investment Solutions.

“This project is very important to us so it makes perfect sense to partner with CNBC Africa, which is quite a well-established brand that people associate with professional journalism. We look forward to being a part of educating and solving those un-answered questions people have about the crisis in Greece,’’ he said at the showing of the documentary.

Catch ‘Greece: An Economic Odyssey’ on CNBC Africa on Monday at 8pm, on the 16th of July, with repeats on Saturday at 7pm on the 21st of July, Sunday at 6pm on the 22nd of July, Saturday at 2pm on the 28th of July and Sunday at 3:30pm on the 29th of July.

Tweet About it: ‘Greece: An Economic Odyssey’ premiers on @CNBCAfrica @DStv #Channel410, 16 July at 8PM. Sponsored by @InvestmentSolZA. #Documentary

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