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We hope we can discuss UN SG’s report on Cyprus soon, spokesperson says

Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson to the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has expressed the hope that the Security Council will discuss the SG’s report on Cyprus soon. Replying to a journalist’s question on the matter Dujarric said that I think wed have to look at the Council calendar, but we hope they can discuss it as soon as possible.

Cyprus considering early repayment of Russian loan, FinMin says

Finance Minister Harris Georgiades confirmed on Thursday the government is considering an early repayment of the Euros 2.5 billion Russian loan the Cyprus obtained during the financial crisis. Addressing the 9th Nicosia Economic Congress, he added that the loan’s outstanding amount is Euros 1.57 billion. Governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus Constantinos Herodotou has spoken of a new culture of compliance in Cyprus banks on anti-money laundering since 2013 and that progress so far is beginning to be recognised abroad.

Shipping Deputy Minister says companies show increased interest in Cyprus after Brexit

Shipping Deputy Minister, Natasa Pilides said that there is increased interest by shipping companies to set a base in Cyprus after Brexit, in order to maintain the EU status and for easier trading with the EU market. Pilides said that Cyprus could provide these companies with stability and security and expressed optimism that the country would hopefully increase the ships registered under Cyprus flag. British High Commissioner to Cyprus Stephen Lillie said that Cyprus � UK relation was bigger than Brexit, speaking at the 9th Nicosia Economic Congress.

House President discusses Cyprus issue, economy and Mideast with US Senator Menendez

The Cyprus issue, economy and developments in the Middle East were on the agenda of a meeting House President Dimitris Syllouris had on Thursday with US Senator Robert Menendez, who is paying Cyprus a private visit. Menendez was accompanied by US Ambassador Judith G. Garber and senior officials from the US Embassy and the Senators Office.

Energy Minister hopes East Med Gas Forum would turn into an international organisation soon

Minister of Energy Yiorgos Lakkotrypis said Thursday that the East Med Gas Forum (EMGF), comprising seven countries will meet again in June to proceed with an agreement to take the form of an international organization. The Minister said he hopes the Forum consisting of Egypt, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Territories, to take the form of an international organization.

Health Minister outlines opportunities for investment in the sector

Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou has outlined the opportunities for potential investors in Cyprus’ health sector. Ioannou said that after the introduction of the National Health System, known as GeSY there will be no duplication of resources, adding that using the data collected by the system there will be improved capacity planning. Health care professionals, he noted, will be in a position to identify and forecast potential needs.

Tourism has potential to contribute by 25% to Cyprus economy, says Perdios

Tourism Deputy Minister Savvas Perdios has said that the tourism industry has the long-term potential to contribute to Cyprus’ economy by 25%. Perdios noted that during the coming months the ministry will present a holistic approach of actions until 2030, adding that an environmental study will be undertaken to make sure we can proceed.

Technical Committee mobilizes to restore collapsed Nicosia walls

A second incident involving the collapse of part of Nicosia’s venetian walls, in the Arab Ahmet quarter, mobilized the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage. Takis Hadjidemetriou, the Greek Cypriot Head of the bicommunal Technical Committee said that engineers are already in the area conducting measurements. Together with UNDP, the Technical Committee already started the procedure to launch calls for tenders for the reconstruction of the walls, he added.

The Netherlands launches fund for initiatives encouraging intercommunal cooperation in Cyprus

?he Netherlands has decided to launch a modest fund for local initiatives in Cyprus aimed at encouraging intercommunal cooperation, the Dutch Ambassador to Cyprus, Nathalie Jaarsma, said on Wednesday evening in Nicosia, addressing a reception on the occasion of the King’s Day, a celebration for the Dutch King’s birthday. Jaarsma stressed that she wishes for the people of Cyprus to live with each other in peace and prosperity without obstacles.

Source: Cyprus News Agency