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vet services. Meanwhile, Trade and Tourism Minister Yiorgos Lillykas said that there was a growing interest from foreign football teams to train in Cyprus during winter as they cancelled their stay in Turkey for fear of the bird flu.
Finance Minister Michalis Sarris said that a decision about a secondary bond market was expected in early 2006, which will raise liquidity both for the government as issuer and for traders. But the Stock Exchange, the Securities Commission and the Central Bank are locked in a quarrel over who will regulate the market.
The government is gearing up for the introduction of the euro in January 2008 with stakeholders, business and consumer groups preparing the public by encouraging dual pricing and keeping a check on unwarranted price hikes.
The 200 members of the supermarkets association will remain closed on Thursday to protest the government’s inability to introduce legislation that would allow longer shopping hours on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.
Cypriots spent CYP 11.6 mln in casinos and gambling house around the world using their credit cards, but only CYP 1.35 mln in the north. The UK attracted most gamblers who bet CYP 6.7 mln.