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Prospective overview at a conference with foreign investors

The Minister of Finance mentioned the government’s actions for turning around the economic state and addressing the challenges in the economy.

The Cypriot economy has entered a new promising period, Finance Minister, Haris Georgiadis, mentioned at the 4th Cyprus International Investors Summit in Limassol, reassuring all 150 and more foreign businessmen and investors for the great prospects Cyprus offers as an investment destination.

In his opening, Mr. Georgiadis recalled the difficulties that the Cypriot economy faced from 2009 to 2014, indicating that “that’s just a history of the past” and that today, Cyprus is one of the fastest growing economies in the EU.

Moving on, Cyprus is enjoying a revival, which is offering business and investment opportunities in all sectors and he noted that by the end of the year and after 5 consecutive years of the economic upturn, it will have added almost 19% to its Gross Domestic Product.

“We have covered the lost ground and we expect the growth rate to remain above 3% annually for at least the next 3 years”, he added.

The Minister of Finance mentioned the government’s actions for turning around the economic state and addressing the challenges in the economy, emphasizing that there is currently a fiscal surplus of 3% of GDP.

He added that we have to maintain this stable financial performance, “because the public debt is admittedly high, as a result of the rescue of the banking system but also of the excessive deficits of the past”.

Among other things, he talked about the fiscal incentives that the Government has adopted over the last year and a half, which, as he said, include measures to encourage Research and Innovation, capital formation and the film industry, as well as loan restructuring measures.

The Minister of Finance noted that all key sectors of the Cypriot economy, such as tourism, shipping, real estate and services are doing very well and that “the production base of the economy is gradually expanding into new territories that include Higher Education, Research and Innovation, natural gas, Renewable Energy Sources and the management of investment funds”.

“It is the government’s job to create conditions of stability and confidence to create a business-friendly environment, allowing the productive forces of the economy, effectively allowing the private sector, to do its job”, he said, adding that “that’s what makes the economic growth sustainable”.

At the same time, Haris Georgiadis noted that the Government is watching the developments in the region, the EE and the world, expressing his concerns about the growing volatility and the growing tensions concerning the world trade and the stand that the free market and the multilateral cooperation must continue to define global relations.

Furthermore, he said that the Government is following closely the Brexit developments and expressed his hope that this would happen on the basis of the EU’s agreement with the United Kingdom, while he pointed out that, otherwise, “we are not panicking since the comparative advantages of the small open economy of Cyprus can mitigate any possible negative effects”.

Conclusively, he reassured the foreign businessmen and investors that the Government remains committed to maintaining the fiscal discipline, but also to continuing to pursue an ambitious reform agenda in order to reinforce our competitiveness and the prospects of our economy.

“This is also my message to you. You must feel secure, welcome and seek the business and investment opportunities that Cyprus has to offer you”, he added.

For his part, the Director of Invest Cyprus, Michalis Michail, welcomed the fact that for the fourth year the conference gathers the interest of investors and businessmen from various sectors, who have the opportunity to see up close the investment-friendly economic environment of Cyprus.

Source: CNA (Cyprus News Agency)