Port pri­vati­sa­tion a ‘one way street’ says min­is­ter

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

YoungShip Cyprus, the lo­cal chap­ter of the YoungShip In­ter­na­tional net­work of young pro­fes­sion­als in the mar­itime in­dus­try, held its sixth an­nual sem­i­nar last week ti­tled “Ports Pri­vati­sa­tion - New Op­por­tu­ni­ties” with the main speaker be­ing the Min­is­ter of Trans­port, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Works, Mar­ios Deme­tri­ades.

Dur­ing the event, held at the Venue Cen­tre of the Columbia Plaza in Li­mas­sol, the Min­is­ter spoke ex­ten­sively about the con­tro­ver­sial is­sue of ports pri­vati­sa­tion and an­swered ques­tions from the au­di­ence, re­peat­ing ear­lier state­ments that within the dia­logue un­der­way at the mixed ad­vi­sory coun­cil, all rights of the work­ers at the ports would be se­cured.

The min­is­ter added that award­ing the port-side ser­vices to pri­vate in­vestors “is a one way street” for the devel­op­ment of the ports and sea trans­port sec­tor, which will have a sig­nif­i­cant in­put on the growth of the econ­omy.

Ri­val des­ti­na­tions, such as Malta, have al­ready pro­ceeded with sim­i­lar ac­tions more than ten years ago, with a pos­i­tive im­pact on their econmy, Deme­tri­ades said.

The process is no dif­fer­ent from what took place at the air­ports of Lar­naca and Paphos, as well as that of the port of Lar­naca, the Min­is­ter con­cluded.

He also in­vited all par­ties to con­trib­ute to help make the Mar­itime Cyprus con­fer­ence in Septem­ber a re­sound­ing suc­cess.

The board of YoungShip Cyprus thanked the min­is­ter for his can­did pre­sen­ta­tion, as well as the event spon­sor the In­sti­tute of Char­tered Ship­bro­kers (ICS), as well as the mem­bers and par­tic­i­pants for their ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion.

To be­come a mem­ber of YoungShip Cyprus or to find out about up­com­ing events and seminars con­tact cyprus@youngship.com or visit www.youngship.com .

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