Deputy Ministry of Shipping UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED – “Full Speed Ahead for Cyprus Shipping and Economy”

The Cyprus Shipping Chamber welcomes today’s unanimous approval of the relevant Bill for the creation of a “Deputy Ministry of Shipping” by Cyprus Parliament, with the belief that this pioneering administrative structure will assist substantially towards the further development of Cyprus Shipping and by extension, the Economy.

 

This unanimous Parliamentary approval of the Bill for the Deputy Ministry of Shipping, conveys a clear message of political support for this productive sector of the Economy, with a contribution of 7% to the GDP. Such a unified State support, is expected also to serve as a convincing leverage for attracting additional quality shipowners and shipping companies in Cyprus, with a positive chain effect on reducing unemployment and strengthening other economic sectors that provide services to the Shipping Industry.

 

The Shipping Chamber expresses its sincere appreciation to all political parties for this unanimous Parliamentary approval, the Government and especially the President of the Republic, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, as well as the Minister of Interior (and until recently, Under-Secretary to the President) Mr. Constantinos Petrides and his team for the preparation of the relevant Bill, all business associates and of course the Members of the Chamber, for their public support in the long-standing efforts made for this very important administrativel upgrade of Cyprus Shipping to materialise today, writing as such, a new page of “Shipping History” for Cyprus.

 

As this new structure of the Cyprus Maritime Administration will be fully implemented with the commencement of the new Government in March 2018, the Shipping Chamber will now focus its attention, utilising the interim months, to work closely with the Ministry of Transport and the Shipping Department, in preparing all the necessary operating prerequisites, so that the "Deputy Ministry of Shipping" to be able to operate fully from the first day of application of this new promising institution.
Expressing lastly the expectation that the corresponding Bills for the Deputy Ministries of Development/Competitiveness and Tourism, which have been designed to operate with an innovative flexibility compared with the broader Public Service, will also be approved soon, it is envisaged that these important sectors, and especially the Shipping Industry, which operates and competes daily on a global basis, will be allowed to implement development strategies that meet the constantly evolving demands of the World Economy and international competition.

 


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    The “Maritime Cyprus” Conference is an established biennial event in Cyprus organised by the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works and the Department of Merchant Shipping in cooperation with the Cyprus Shipping Chamber and the Cyprus Union of Shipowners. The success of the Conference is attributed, to a large extent, to the high calibre of the speakers and the large number of shipping executives attending the Conference from around the globe and hence “Maritime Cyprus” has grown into one of the world’s most significant shipping conferences. The Conference is attended by many shipping executives of the industry, including, owners, managers, and delegates from other shipping organisations.

    “Maritime Cyprus 2017” Conference, is the 15th, since it was first established in 1989, and has a main theme Shipping: “Yesterday’s World, Tomorrow’s Today”. As the theme suggests, Shipping is still the most cost effective and environment friendly method for the transportation of goods on a global basis. Is Shipping for tomorrow still in today’s world, due to the fear of change both in terms of shipping technology and policy? The issues that will be discussed include policy and regulatory matters and the forthcoming changes in the international shipping scenery, economic matters, environmental matters and their interaction with technology, geopolitical and energy developments and forecasting for the recovery of the economy and for the freight markets.

    The Conference will be officially opened by H.E. the President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr. Nicos Anastasiades. Distinguished guests such as, the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization, the Commissioner in charge of Transport of the European Commission and other personalities of the International Shipping scene will address the conference.

    The aim of the Conference is to operate as a forum where important and current issues relating to international shipping are presented by distinguished speakers and subsequently discussed by the international shipping community, thereby helping to formulate sound and well balanced decisions and policies on crucial shipping issues.

    “Maritime Cyprus 2017” Conference provides the opportunity to the participants to become familiar with the strong maritime tradition of Cyprus and its people. Cyprus’s complete shipping infrastructure constitutes an invaluable asset, both for the expanded Europe and for the international shipping community in general.