Foreign diplomats from 23 countries who are based in Greece, arrive in Cyprus today for a four day visit in the context of a coordinated effort to promote the country as a commercial, economic and investment destination.
Replying to questions from CNA, commercial attaché of the Cypriot Embassy in Athens Joseph Kypreos, who has also been elected as head of Commercial and Economic Affairs Diplomats in Greece last September, said that “our aim is to promote Cyprus internationally as a commercial, economic and investment destination.” Cyprus has always promoted its services sector, he noted, adding that now the fields of goods and investments are also promoted at the same time.
Asked about the mission’s composition, Kypreos said there overall comprises 43 diplomats from 23 different countries.
We have invited diplomats who are accredited in Cyprus and are based in Athens but also any other commercial attaché, who may be interested to take part, he added.
Diplomats from Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, USA, Jordan, Italy, Croatia, Lithuania, Latvia, Moldova, Montenegro, South Africa, Hungary, Uzbekistan, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden and Finland are taking part in the mission.
Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou will receive the mission this afternoon at the Presidential Palace. The diplomats will also have a meeting with University of Cyprus Rector Tasos Christophides at the university’s new library.
On Thursday, business to business meetings are set to take place with members of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) and Employers and Industrialists Federation (OEB), at the Filoxenia conference centre.
Among other contacts organised during their visit, diplomats are also set to have meetings at the Ministry of Energy, Commerce and Industry as well as with Invest Cyprus organisation and the Cyprus Investment Funds Organisation (CIFA).
On Friday, they will have a meeting with Deputy Minister on Shipping Natasa Pilides.
They will also visit the Ayia Napa marina project which is ongoing and the Limassol marina.
On Saturday, diplomats will visit Athienou village in the district of Larnaca, where they will have the opportunity to witness first hand the traditional way of making halloumi cheese and village bread.
They will also have meetings with companies which are specialised in services and storage of petroleum and natural gas products.
The mission, which is organised by the Cypriot Embassy in Athens, Enterprise Greece and the Economic and Commercial Attachés of Foreign Embassies Association, is supported by the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Deputy Ministry of Shipping, the Deputy Ministry of Tourism, CCCI, OEB, Invest in Cyprus, Enterprise Europe Network and CIFA.
(Cyprus News Agency)