MAR­ITIME – A new strat­egy in 3 months’ time

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“The first thing I want to say is, re­gard­ing the new way of think­ing of our ship­ping in­dus­try, it is time to act!

“As soon as I took over the Min­istry, it was very easy to re­alise that the ship­ping sec­tor had been stag­nant, and not only be­cause of in­ter­nal rea­sons. If some­body is re­al­is­tic and knows ship­ping how it works, re­alises that this is like a fal­lacy. The ship­ping sec­tor in Cyprus has been stag­nant for a num­ber of rea­sons, be­cause of the (Turk­ish) em­bargo, our com­peti­tors, es­pe­cially in the reg­is­tra­tion of ships are grow­ing at much faster paces than us. Now, does that mean that we shouldn’t do any­thing about it? Of course not. I’ve said this be­fore, ‘ now is the time to act!’ “Be­fore you act, you have to do some plan­ning, and we have to have the right way of think­ing, a strat­egy. What I have been do­ing for the last 12 months, apart from tak­ing a much more ac­tive role in the sec­tor of ship­ping, I have spent a lot of time to visit com­pa­nies at least once ev­ery three months. I’ve been on a num­ber of trips abroad, ei­ther to Lon­don or Athens and a num­ber of other coun­tries to pro­mote the Cypriot can­di­dacy for the IMO of our Act­ing Direc­tor of the Depart­ment (of Mer­chant Ship­ping).

“What is the so­lu­tion for tak­ing the sec­tor for­ward? I am pre­sent­ing to the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters the new plan, at least the prin­ci­ples that we should base our so­lu­tion on. So, we are in­tro­duc­ing a num­ber of short-term mea­sures and some medium-term mea­sures. The so­lu­tion for the re­struc­tur­ing of the Depart­ment is to give it the the nec­es­sary flex­i­bil­ity to do it’s work well. Be­cause the DMS has been op­er­at­ing very ef­fi­ciently for the last years but it hasn’t changed, it has not evolved. And of course this goes for whole gov­ern­ment. We’ve had our gov­ern­ment since 1960 and we haven’t in­tro­duced any ma­jor changes. Now, we have the op­por­tu­nity to in­tro­duce ma­jor changes. We are chang­ing the name of the Min­istry to re­flect the sec­tors that it rep­re­sents. And it will put more em­pha­sis on trans­port, be­cause most of the things the Min­istry does have to do with trans­port.

“I am con­vinced that the way for­ward for the Depart­ment (of Mer­chant Ship­ping) is to evolve, to be­come more in­de­pen­dent, more flex­i­ble. And on the other hand I do be­lieve that we need to do some in­ter­nal re­struc­tur­ing and place more em­pha­sis on the busi­ness devel­op­ment part. So, at the mo­ment we are do­ing three things – reg­u­la­tory, op­er­a­tional-tech­ni­cal, and busi­ness devel­op­ment – and we need to put more em­pha­sis on the lat­ter. But in or­der to

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