“To­mor­row’s ship­ping today” at Mar­itime Cyprus con­fer­ence

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More than 800 del­e­gates are ex­pected to at­tend this year’s “Mar­itime Cyprus” con­fer­ence to be held from next Mon­day to Wed­nes­day in Li­mas­sol.

Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades will open the con­fer­ence, in the pres­ence of In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime Or­gan­i­sa­tion Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ki­tack Lim and Euro­pean Com­mis­sioner for Trans­port Vi­o­leta Bulc.

Other Euro­pean of­fi­cials, shipown­ers, man­ag­ing di­rec­tors of in­ter­na­tional ship­ping com­pa­nies and or­gan­i­sa­tions are also ex­pected to take part, to dis­cuss the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in the in­dus­try. Trans­port Min­is­ter Mar­ios Deme­tri­ades said on Fri­day, ahead of the con­fer­ence, that Cyprus is one of the most im­por­tant ship­ping cen­tres, with a com­pre­hen­sive in­fras­truc­ture across all rel­e­vant sec­tors. “Cyprus has the 11th big­gest fleet in the world and the third big­gest in the EU, a fact for which we are par­tic­u­larly proud,” he added. More­over, he said that the sec­tor is con­tribut­ing around 6-7% to Cyprus’ GDP, and has cre­ated more than 4,000 jobs.

Con­certed ef­forts in the past cou­ple of years to at­tract new ship­ping com­pa­nies to Cyprus are bear­ing fruit, the Min­is­ter added, not­ing at the same time that “we’re back on the map”.

“We all aim to con­tinue de­vel­op­ing and im­prov­ing Cyprus’ ship­ping,” Deme­tri­ades said, re­fer­ring to the cre­ation of the Un­der­sec­re­tariat for Ship­ping. The House re­cently passed a rel­e­vant bill, pro­vid­ing for the for­ma­tion of the new gov­ern­ment of­fice on March 2018, re­plac­ing the De­part­ment of Mer­chant Ship­ping.

“We are cer­tain that the Un­der-sec­re­tar­iat will con­trib­ute de­ci­sively to fur­ther de­vel­op­ing Cyprus’ ship­ping,” the Min­is­ter said, and called at the same time for more flex­i­bil­ity to pro­mote the sec­tor more ef­fi­ciently.

Alekos Michaelides, the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of Trans­port and chair­man of the con­fer­ence or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, noted that this year’s con­fer­ence is held un­der the ti­tle “Ship­ping: Yes­ter­day’s World, To­mor­row’s Today”. The open­ing event will be held on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 8, in Li­mas­sol. In the fol­low­ing three days, the con­fer­ence, di­vided in eight ses­sions, will be held at “Evago­ras Lani­tis Cen­tre” next to the medieval cas­tle.

Top­ics to be dis­cussed reg­u­la­tory frame­work in en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues, the use tech­nol­ogy in the sec­tor, as geopo­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments in the Mediter­ranean.

Thomas Kaza­kos, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Cyprus Ship­ping Cham­ber, de­scribed the con­fer­ence as “the Olympic Games of ship­ping”, while Polys Ha­jioan­nou from the Cyprus Union of Shipown­ers ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion about the ease of do­ing busi­ness in Cyprus. in­clude the ship­ping, of new well as East­ern

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