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Cyprus Branch visit to the Shipping Ministry
Posted on Friday, June 4, 2021
The Cyprus Shipping Minister has recently launched a
consultation campaign to gather feedback on key maritime issues
with the final aim to promote a wide collaboration around shaping
the future of Shipping in Cyprus.
The Institute's Cyprus Branch Committee took the opportunity to
respond to the Minister call to arms and met the Deputy Ministry of
Shipping on Friday the 4th June 2021 in Limassol.
The Branch had a chance to present the Institute's recognised
qualifications for professional development to the Deputy Minister
who showed a general awareness and appreciation for our long
In the photo standing from left to the right: Cyprus Branch
Education officer Costas Silitziotis FICS, the Chairman Christina
Christoforou FICS handing over the "Quality Ashore" book published
by ICS about its glorious history, the Deputy Minister of Shipping
Vassilios Demetriades and the Branch Treasurer Andreas
The Branch offered to the Deputy Minister a copy of Quality
Ashore and a formal letter by the International Chairman, Susan
Oatway FICS, which was warmly welcomed and will be reviewed
internally in the Ministry.
During the meeting it was discussed the importance of furthering
the development of Cyprus Shipping through sound education and
The Deputy Minister has asked the Cyprus Branch to prepare a
"White paper". The paper should contain the Institute
proposal around how Cyprus can enhance its position offering
services to the global shipping community.
Furthermore, the Deputy minister invited the Branch to help
distributing among local professionals the Questionnaire prepared
by the Deputy Shipping Ministry.
The survey of the Minister is focussed on the following four
The questionnaires have already been circulated locally among
Branch members and the Branch is hoping to share them also
internationally within the wider Institute network.
The Deputy Minister has asked the Branch to produce a
consolidated report with answers to the questions of each for the
above mentioned categories.
Furthermore, in an effort to promote the nautical tourism in
Cyprus - something that the Ministry of Tourism and that of
Shipping are jointly working on, the Branch asked whether
incentives could be offered for ICS to hold their annual
Controlling Council Meetings in Cyprus for few consecutive
The Deputy Minister liked the idea and said that the incentives
could be made available if an agreement was reached with the
Ministry of Tourism.
A lot of initiatives to look forward to in the coming
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