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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-03-20

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    The Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa Theodore II departs Thursday from Cyprus, having completed an official visit at the invitation of the head of the Church of Cyprus Archbishop Chrysostomos II.

    In statements after a meeting he had Wednesday with Foreign Minister Marcos Kyprianou, the Patriarch expressed the wish that peace and justice will come to Cyprus. He also expressed gratitude to Kyprianou, who, as he said listened carefully to what he had to say about Cypriots and Greeks who live in the African continent.

    He said that he briefed the Minister about the humanitarian aid which the Patriarchate offers to African states. The Patriarch said he leaves Cyprus feeling stronger.

    Kyprianou said they discussed many interesting issues with the Patriarch and talked mainly about the very important role of the Patriarchate in Africa and the ways in which Cyprus can contribute to it.

    We have the same goals, to support Orthodoxy in Africa and help people who are faced with problems of survival. That is why we appreciate the charitable work of the Church in Africa and we will help in every way we can, he added.


    The Ministry of Education has said it agrees with a proposal by the University of Cyprus to admit Cypriot students from private schools who possess General Certificate of Education (GCE) or school leaving certificates of a similar type.

    The Ministry of Education and Culture has announced that, after consultations with interested parties and taking into consideration the autonomy of the Universities, agrees with the proposal by the University of Cyprus to admit Cypriot citizens, at a 10% ratio of admissions, who are holders of a school leaving certificate from a private secondary school or from the English School in Nicosia and GCE certificates, a Ministry press release, issued here today, said.

    The Ministry notes that ``for the implementation of this measure, the Ministry of Education and Culture deems that the amendment of relevant regulations of the University and/or other laws is necessary, so that they comply with the practices of scheduled student admissions based on the aforementioned procedure.``

    It adds that this measure has not yet been agreed on and it is not definite that it will be implemented as of the following academic year.


    The Cyprus-German Business Association, under the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), held its founding assembly on Tuesday in Nicosia, a press released issued here today by the Chamber said.

    The establishment of the Association is part of the Chambers efforts to promote relations between Cyprus and other countries.

    The aim of these efforts is to promote, expand and encourage economic, commercial and business relations and to cultivate conditions of friendship and understanding, the press release said.

    Addressing the assembly, CCCI President Manthos Mavrommatis spoke about the strong economic ties and excellent commercial ties between Cyprus and Germany, noting that there are infinite opportunities for cooperation, since Germany has a large range of products which are of interest to Cypriot consumers and traders.

    CCCI General Secretary Panayiotis Loizides said the Chamber already enjoyed close relations with German chambers, which would have to play a significant role in developing cooperation.

    During the assembly, its Board of Directors was elected. The aim of the Association and the new Board of Directors is to provide practical assistance to its members, utilising the CCCI network of connections.


    Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot professionals, involved in tourism, believe that an agreed settlement to the Cyprus problem would bring about a win - win situation to the island`s tourist industry, a survey carried out by Cypriot and foreign analysts and academics has concluded.

    The survey, which included interviews with 90 tourist businesspeople from the Greek Cypriot community and 70 from the Turkish Cypriot community and was funded by the British High Commission here, was presented here yesterday to a mixed audience of experts, academics and other interested persons.

    According to the survey, 98% of the Turkish Cypriot respondents and 79% of the Greek Cypriots see a win - win situation from a joint tourist industry, should an agreed political settlement be reached which will reunite the country, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.

    A settlement, the survey says, will improve considerably turnover expectations. In particular, more than 50% of the Turkish Cypriots see a 20-30% increase in their turnover two years after a settlement and more than 50% of the Greek Cypriots see more than 10% increase in their turnover in three years, following a settlement.

    The survey also showed that tourism professionals from both sides believe that the continuation of the current political situation results in lost business opportunities.

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