Ο Πρόεδρος, τα Μέλη του ΔΣ, ο Γραμματέας/ Διευθυντής και το προσωπικό του ΕΒΕ Πάφου σας εύχονται ολόψυχα ΚΑΛΑ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥΓΕΝΝΑ & ΕΥΤΥΧΙΣΜΕΝΟ ΤΟ 2022 με την ελπίδα η πανδημία να έχει ξεπεραστεί το 2022 και η ανθρωπότητα να επανέλθει στους κανονικούς της ρυθμούς.
May you have a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year! From τhe PCCI President, members of the Board, Secretary/ Director & Staff ! Happy Holidays, All the best
Η Γενική Συνέλευση του ΕΒΕ Πάφου, μια εκδήλωση που αποτελεί το κορυφαίο οικονομικό γεγονός της Επαρχίας, έγινε την Παρασκευή 26 Νοεμβρίου 2021 και στέφθηκε με απόλυτη επιτυχία.
Τη Συνέλευση του ΕΒΕ τίμησαν με την παρουσία τους ο Αξιότιμος Υπουργός Μεταφορών, Επικοινωνιών & Έργων, ο Πρόεδρος και ΓΓ του ΚΕΒΕ, οι Βουλευτές Επαρχίας Πάφου, Δημάρχοι, ο Γενικός Διευθυντής του Υπουργείου Μεταφορών, Επικοινωνιών, ο Διευθυντής της Υπηρεσίας Βιομηχανίας & Τεχνολογίας του Υπουργείου ΕΕΒ, Αξιωματούχοι και εκπρόσωποι των Αρχών της Πάφου, οι Προέδροι των Τοπικών Επιμελητηρίων όλων των Επαρχιών και άλλοι αξιωματούχοι, εκπρόσωποι Συνδέσμων και Φορέων της Επαρχίας καθώς επίσης και πολλά από τα μέλη του Επιμελητηρίου Πάφου. Στη Συνέλευση παρέστη και ο Αξιότιμος Πρόεδρος του Δημοκρατικού Συναγερμού κ. Αβέρωφ Νεοφύτου.
Στον χαιρετισμό του ο Υπουργός ΜΕΕ κ. Γιάννης Καρούσος τόνισε ότι η Πάφος έχει πολύ σημαντικό μερίδιο συνεισφοράς στην ανάπτυξη και το ΑΕΠ της Κύπρου και αποτελεί πόλο έλξης για επισκέπτες, αγοραστές και επενδυτές από το εξωτερικό. Αναφέρθηκε στις επιτυχείς πολιτικές που εφάρμοσε η Κυβέρνηση έτσι ώστε να αντιστραφεί η οικονομική στασιμότητα που επέφερε η πανδημία του κορωνοϊού και εκτίμησε ότι βασικοί πυλώνες της οικονομίας, όπως είναι ο τουρισμός και οι κατασκευές έχουν αρχίσει να ανακάμπτουν με σχετικά γρήγορους ρυθμούς. Αξιοποιώντας το προσωρινό πλαίσιο για χαλάρωση των κρατικών ενισχύσεων προς τις αεροπορικές εταιρείες, το κίνητρο αυτό επέφερε θετικά αποτελέσματα ενώ ανακοίνωσε ότι το 2021 – 2022 αναμένεται να προκηρυχθούν έργα ύψους €5.4 εκ.
Σε χαιρετισμό του ο Πρόεδρος του ΚΕΒΕ κ. Χριστόδουλος Αγκαστινιώτης αναφέρθηκε στις πολυάριθμες πρωτοβουλίες που έχει αναλάβει το ΚΕΒΕ με κύριο στόχο να επανέλθει η χώρα σε αναπτυξιακή πορεία, βελτιώνοντας τα δημόσια οικονομικά και ενδυναμώνοντας τις επιχειρήσεις. Τόνισε επίσης ότι γίνονται μεγάλες προσπάθεια από πλευράς ΚΕΒΕ για αποτελεσματικότερη προβολή της κυπριακής οικονομίας στο εξωτερικό με σκοπό την προσέλκυση ξένων επενδύσεων.
Στη συνέχεια ο Πρόεδρος του Επιμελητηρίου Πάφου κ. Γιώργος Μάης κατέθεσε την Έκθεση Πεπραγμένων και τις δραστηριότητες του Επιμελητηρίου. Ο κ. Μάης έκανε μια επισκόπηση της χρονιάς που πέρασε τονίζοντας πως η πανδημία του κορωνοϊού έχει επηρεάσει αρνητικά το οικονομικό κλίμα και κυρίως τις επιχειρήσεις. Επεσήμανε πως υπάρχει ανάγκη λήψης πρόσθετων μέτρων από το Κράτος για στήριξη της επιχειρηματικής δραστηριότητας η οποία γίνεται πιο επιτακτική σήμερα λόγω των συνεχιζόμενων περιοριστικών μέτρων.
Ο κ. Μάης αναφέρθηκε στις σημαντικές επαφές που είχε το Επιμελητήριο Πάφου με αξιωματούχους διαφόρων χωρών ενώ ιδιαίτερη μνεία έγινε για την τοπική οικονομία της Πάφου. Δυστυχώς οι επιπτώσεις της πανδημικής κρίσης επηρέασαν σημαντικούς τομείς της τοπικής οικονομίας και κυρίως τους τομείς του τουρισμού και της ανάπτυξης γης.
Περαιτέρω, Ο Πρόεδρος του ΕΒΕ τόνισε ότι η αποτελεσματικότητα της επιχειρηματικής δράσης εξαρτάται σε μεγάλο βαθμό από τη δυνατότητά της να λειτουργεί μέσα σ’ ένα περιβάλλον χωρίς υπέρμετρη γραφειοκρατία και μέσα σε ένα θεσμικό πλαίσιο χωρίς εμπόδια, με διαφάνεια, ένα πλαίσιο σαφές, σταθερό και ανταγωνιστικό.
Στην ομιλία του ο κος Μάης αναφέρθηκε και στα προβλήματα που αντιμετωπίζει ο επιχειρηματικός κόσμος της Πάφου με τις συμπεριφορές των Χρηματοπιστωτικών Ιδρυμάτων και τις παρεμβάσεις του ΕΒΕ Πάφου μέσω του ΚΕΒΕ για επίλυση των προβλημάτων που αφορούν τους υπερβολικούς, χρονοβόρους και δαπανηρούς ελέγχους, την έλλειψη ανάληψης ευθύνης για την παρούσα κατάσταση από την Κεντρική Τράπεζα και τα Τραπεζικά Ιδρύματα, τις χρεώσεις των Τραπεζών για μεταφορές χρημάτων, κ.α. Μια ισχυρή οικονομία προϋποθέτει την ύπαρξη ενός εύρωστου τραπεζικού συστήματος το οποίο όμως δεν θα αποβαίνει εις βάρος των επιχειρήσεων μέσω καταχρηστικών πρακτικών και συμπεριφορών.
Τέλος ο κος Μάης, αναφέρθηκε στους στρατηγικούς στόχους του ΕΒΕ Πάφου και στην προσπάθεια που καταβάλλεται ώστε η Πάφος να καταστεί διεθνές περιφερειακό κέντρο παροχής υψηλής ποιότητας Υπηρεσιών Υγείας, υπηρεσιών τριτοβάθμιας εκπαίδευσης, κέντρο ανάπτυξης υψηλής τεχνολογίας και κέντρο επιχειρήσεων διεθνών δραστηριοτήτων σε συνάρτηση με την ολοκλήρωση έργων υποδομής και έργων που αφορούν το οδικό δίκτυο.
Ο Πρόεδρος του ΕΒΕ κλείνοντας, επανέλαβε την ισχυρή πεποίθησή του, ότι ο επιχειρηματικός κόσμος της Πάφου είναι αυτός που θα βάλει ξανά την Πάφο σε πορεία ανάπτυξης και κάλεσε όλους τους αρμόδιους φορείς να υποστηρίξουν την προσπάθεια αυτή.
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The Paphos Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes the signing of the Agreement yesterday, 04/08/2021, between the Ministry of Tourism and the Consortium Deloitte Ltd and Triton Consulting Engineers SA, for conducting a comprehensive feasibility study for the combined development of Marina and infrastructure for the reception cruise ships in the area of Kissonerga Paphos.
We remind you that the work of the Combined Development of Marina and Cruise Ship Reception Infrastructure in the Potima area in Kissonerga, the Ministry of Tourism held an international competition entitled "Competition for the provision of services for a comprehensive feasibility study of a combined marine development (marina and infrastructure that can accommodate cruise ships) in Kissonerga area, pafos »
Therefore, based on the above developments, Paphos EBE considers the developments positive and assures that it will closely monitor the processes and implementation schedules of the Study in order to avoid any delay.
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The Paphos Chamber of Commerce and Industry met with the President of the Poltava Chamber of Ukraine, Mr. Borisenko Volodymyr Anatoliyovych, and his delegation, in the presence of the President, Mr. George Mais and the Secretary/ Director Mr. Marinos Stylianou.
The President of the Chamber, Mr. George Mais, after welcoming Mr. Borisenko and his delegation, started the discussion, emphasizing the need to find ways to deepen trade relations between the two regions. Special mention was made of the Covid-19 pandemic, which he said, in addition to the other unpleasant situations it caused, affected the air connection and the tourist flow between the two countries. The fact that Poltava has an airport did not avoid to express its optimism that it is possible the two destinations, with chartered flights, could open a very important channel of cooperation and development between them.
He stressed that there is interest from Paphos businessmen for importing products from Ukraine such as timber, agricultural fertilizers and other commodities, but there are some problems that, it would be good, the Chamber to deal with to solve them. Mr. Mais referred to the problems in the size and volume of the order where many factories, due to the small quantities from Cyprus, do not show much interest in business as well as the problem of means of transport. He also explained that it would be prudent to look for ways to control the quality of goods in order to avoid adverse adventures by traders, thus enhancing the credibility among traders.
The President of the Poltava Chamber showed particular interest in solving the above problems and stressed the need for air connection between the two regions. He also informed that the airport has been recently renovated and modernized in an effort to attract new airlines. Tourist interest is a given where it could be combined with social, cultural and other activities. The Ukrainians are also interested in the field of Real Estate and Investments, where this will be achieved through the contact and the visit of the two peoples.
It was agreed between the two Presidents that a teleconference would soon be arranged with the participation of Paphos businessmen and Poltava businessmen in order to start a two-way business relationship and activity.
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The Paphos Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Electi Academy are co-organising an introductory webinar free of charge on blockchain technologies and their impact on business.
The Harvard Business Review reported a few years back that “The technology most likely to change the next decade of business is not the social web, big data, the cloud, robotics, or even artificial intelligence. It’s the blockchain…”. Since then, the work performed and funds invested in blockchain and decentralized ledger technologies have ‘exploded’ with at least 2 Billion $ invested in the sector so far.
Furthermore, the Cyprus government has already published a national strategy on blockchain (https://bit.ly/39aMBzL) and is actively working on drafting a legal framework governing such technologies that will allow companies and organizations to enter and meaningfully participate in the Blockchain market.
In this short introductory session we discuss what Blockchain technology is, its properties and limitations as well as several use cases in financial services, the legal sector, real estate sector, shipping etc. emphasizing the great potential blockchain holds in unlocking value for business.
• Introduction to Blockchain technology
• Properties, Challenges and Limitations
• Use Cases: Financial Services, Payments, Financing new ventures, Shipping, Crowdfunding, Supply chain
• National Blockchain Strategies and the case of Cyprus
The presentation will be followed by a 15-minute session for Q&A.
Price: Free | Date: 6th April, 2021 | Time: 10:00 am | Venue: Online
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PCCI PRESS OFFICE
TO: ALL MEMBERS OF PAFOS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY
ISSUE: - ELECTORAL ASSEMBLY FRIDAY 17th JULY, 2020
MEMBER VOTE | PAYMENT OF DUE AMOUNTS to PCCI
We would like to inform you that at the Electoral Assembly of the Paphos Chamber that will take place on Friday, July 17, 2020 at 5.00 p.m in the Offices of the PCCI the members of the Paphos Chamber will have the right to vote, which by July 12, 2020 will have already paid any amount that is immediately required (including all Subscriptions and in 2020 as well as other financial obligations) by this member on the part of the Chamber of Paphos and meaning that at the date of the voting it has already completed at least six (6) months as a member of the Chamber. (paragraph 22 of the Articles of Association of PCCI).
It is noted that after July 12, any payment for voting rights purposes will not be accepted.
We urge our members to proceed immediately with the payment of subscriptions and other financial issues in the following ways:
| Monday - Tuesday and Thursday (8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
| Wednesday and Friday (8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) or
IBAN No. CY 96 0020 0660 0000 0011 0287 2200 or
At the same time, we would like to clarify that during the secret ballot:
It is pointed out that the Company's Officials are the Directors and the Secretary who appear officially in the Certificate of Directors and Secretary of the Department of Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver. Please send from today until 13.07.2020 to the Chamber the last valid Certificate of Directors and Secretary of the Company.
The information is provided for the purposes of proper and timely planning, full transparency, and respect for the members of the Chamber but also to avoid misunderstandings.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation and we remain at your disposal for any clarifications.
For the Board of Directors of PCCI
The President, the Board of Directors, the Secretary / Director and the staff of Pafos Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PCCI) hope that soon we will overcome the pandemic of corona virus and return to our daily lives and wish you warm wishes for
Health & Happy Easter !
In addition, the Secretariat of Pafos Chamber informs its members and any interested party that the Chamber of Pafos during the days of Easter, the Offices will remain closed tomorrow Friday | Monday & Tuesday. Offices will operate normally until 2-00 p.m from Wednesday, April 22nd.
Pafos Chamber of Commerce & Industry informs its members / companies as well as any interested party about the terms and conditions for incorporation of companies in the Special Plan for the Full & Partial Suspension of the Operations of the Company. The following are the terms and conditions of the two Special Projects.
SUSPENSION PLAN FOR BUSINESSES AND UNEMPLOYMENT SUBSIDIES FOR EMPLOYEES
PARTIAL SUSPENSION PLAN FOR BUSINESSES AND UNEMPLOYMENT SUBSIDIES FOR EMPLOYEES
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The Paphos Chamber of Commerce and Industry informs its members / companies and all interested parties that the Ministry of Labor, Welfare and Social Insurance (mlsi) has announced the operation of a special website where interested parties can find all forms regarding its support measures of the Ministry. More specifically:
Special Child Care License
➢ Valid from 16/3/2020 to 12/4/2020 for:
They cannot work either remotely or at home or flexibly and if there is no home help.
➢The application is only submitted by employees who are insured with the Social Insurance Fund in January 2020 and have last monthly gross salary up to € 2500
➢ The period of issue of the Special Care Permit for Child Care may not exceed4 weeks total for both parents.
➢ If one parent receives Special Child Care Permit, the other cannot receive for the same period.
➢ If one parent works and the other does not (either because he or she receives an unemployment benefit or a special unemployment benefit or disease benefit or special disease benefit either because it is unemployed or for similar reasons), the working parent is not entitled to Special Child Care Leave for that period, unless the parent does working has himself or herself been infected with COVID 19 or is hospitalized or a person with or is a person with a compulsory limitation.
➢ To qualify for a childcare allowance you need to ensure the consent of the employer.
➢ For parents of people with disabilities, Special Child Care Permit is granted if no care allowance is granted to these persons by the Ministry of Labor, Welfare and Social Security
the applicant receives an unemployment benefit, a special unemployment benefit, sickness benefit, special sickness allowance.
How the Child Care Special Leave allowance is calculated, provided they are met all terms and conditions:
➢ Based on January 2020 salary or if there is no data for the last salary 2020, based on the last salary for which there is evidence within the last 9 months in the register of Social Insurance Services:
this part of the salary and for the part of the salary from € 1,000 to € 2,000
a 40% allowance is calculated. The maximum amount of allowance for a period of one per month may not exceed € 1,000.
respectively and the maximum amount of allowance for a period of one month cannot
exceeds € 1,200.
The € 2,500 will be examined based on the particular features of each case.
➢ For the period for which the Special Care Leave allowance will be paid Children, the employer is exempt from the obligation to pay wages to his employees who received this allowance.
➢ The period of the Special Child Care Leave will be considered as a simulation period insurance for contributions to the Social Insurance Fund and will be credited depending on the beneficiary's insurance account.
Please find more information and the applications at www.coronavirus.mlsi.gov.cy.
Special Sickness Allowance
Valid until 12/4/2020 for private employees or self-employed persons who fall into any of the following categories:
➢Special Sickness Allowance is granted only to persons who work during period for which they apply for the sick leave and are insured at Social Security Fund, are up to 65 years old and do not receive statutory pension.
How is the sickness benefit calculated provided all conditions are met and prerequisites:
➢ For self-employed persons and self-employed persons for whom the insurance requirements under the Social Security Act, at 60% of value of insurance units in accordance with the above Law.
➢ For self-employed persons who are not eligible for insurance the Social Security Act and they are insured in the Social Fund Insurance in January 2020 will be paid Special Sickness Allowance under conditions, the amount of which will be determined by a subsequent Decision.
➢ For a self-employed person for whom insurance is not covered conditions will amount to 60% of the weekly amount of policyholders his earnings based on the income for which the fourth quarter of 2019 had obligation to pay contributions to the Social Security Fund.
➢ The maximum amount that can be paid as a special sickness benefit for employees of the private sector and for self-employed for a period of one month can not exceeds € 1,214.
➢Special Sickness Allowance is not granted for the period for which the applicant receives Unemployment Allowance, Special Unemployment Allowance, Sickness Allowance, Special Leave Allowance for Child Care.
➢ The period for which the Sickness Allowance is granted will be taken into account for the calculation and provision of the sickness allowance provided for by the provisions of the Social Security Laws.
➢ For the period for which the sickness benefit will be paid, the employer is exempt from his obligation to pay the salary to his employees who received this Special Sickness Allowance.
➢ The period of the Special sickness allowance will be considered as a simulated period insurance for contributions to the Social Insurance Fund and will be credited depending on the beneficiary's insurance account.
Please find more information and the applications at www.coronavirus.mlsi.gov.cy.
SUBSIDY SCHEME FOR SELF – EMPLOYED INDIVIDUALS
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Pafos Chamber is informing its members / businesses as well as any interested parties of the measures announced jointly on Sunday 16 March 2020 by H.E President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr Nikos Anastasiadis together with the Ministers of Health, Finance, Labor and Welfare and Social Security. We would like to remind you that the Local Chambers of Commerce have transmitted and assisted in the formulation of the above measures through the Cyprus Chamber and are in constant contact with the Government and the State to take additional action where appropriate.
The "Support Program" includes the following:
AID NETWORK PROTECTION OF WORKERS AND VULNERABLE GROUPS
A "special permit", which may last up to 4 weeks at this stage, and which does not include public holidays, will be granted the following allowance:
For a parent with a salary of up to € 2,500: for the first € 1,000 of the parent's salary a 'special leave' allowance of 60% of the salary will be paid and for the subsequent € 1,000 of his / her salary, a 40 % allowance will be paid. It is noted that in the case of single parent families, the rate of payment of the benefit varies between 70% and 50% respectively.
[1 month € 20m, potential beneficiaries 50,000 persons]
In many businesses has today decided to suspend their work and many businesses will continue to operate and will suffer a decrease in turnover in excess of 25% applies Draft Suspension of business operations in order to avoid redundancies, while the affected workers They will receive unemployment benefits for as long as the company will be suspended operations.
bonus payment, which will equal pay, approximately 5000 persons employed in Afternoon and Evening Programs of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth (Music Schools, Sports Schools, State Education Institutes, Training Centers, optionally Day Schools, Evening and Evening programs Arts and the program "School and Social Integration Actions") and other similar services of the Ministry of Education purchase plans.
ι.Workers experiencing particular health problems within the directory that has been prepared by the Ministry of Health, who must be absent from work for health protection purposes and not the worse. Condition the presentation of a certificate from their personal physician.
ιι.compulsory absence cases from work to persons with instructions or ordered by the Authorities (Division 1 [statutory limitation under medical monitoring (quarantine)] and Category 2 [Restrained under telephone surveillance]), provided that restricted workers hold a certificate issued by the Ministry of Health.
iii. Persons beyond the age of 63rd year until the age of 65 year, who do not receive a statutory pension and continue to work and which fall under the Categories and the Ministry of Health, provided that restricted workers hold a certificate issued by the Ministry of Health.
For purposes of enhancing the self-employed, sickness benefit will be paid as and employees, from the fourth day.
[For each 20,000 employees, 16m]
Payment of benefits for those benefits will be by simplified and accelerated procedures.
STRENGTHENING HEALTH SYSTEM
- Employment additional medical, nursing and support staff and for more effective and more direct response to the work they are required to carry.
- Strengthening equipment and logistics
- Strengthening of the Institute of Neurology & Genetics, both in human resources and infrastructure
- Strengthening the Center Ambulance
- Strengthening of the Office 1420
BUSINESS SUPPORT AND STRENGTHENING OF LIQUIDITY AND ENHANCING INTERNAL CONSUMPTION
This measure will result in strengthening of liquidity in the period in which it is expected to face a liquidity problem.
OTHER MEASURES of PROTECTION OF CITIZENS
The public service and the broader public sector and serving the educational service for the next month, from Tuesday 17/3/2020 will work:
The above arrangement excluding essential services. The competent ministers will determine the needs of the Ministry and their Departments for proper planning of the work.
Regarding the Educational Service, the Minister of Education and Culture is authorized to draw up the program for the educational needs for the duration of the non-operation of the public schools in order through the use of technology to address part of the educational program.
Regardless of what has been mentioned above, and to ensure timely and effective implementation of the measures announced, those serving in the public service, the public sector and the educational service will be required if not in a designated service or homework where invited to provide their services in other areas if deemed necessary.
Finally the Minister of Health by ministerial decree in accordance with a decision of the Cabinet, in a series of measures taken by the Government to protect public health and managing the impact of the epidemic of the coronavirus, explained that from March 16, 2020 from 6-00 am For a period of four weeks, the operation of the following companies compulsorily suspended:
Provided that they receive compulsory and strictly observe hygiene rules, companies can perform administrative or other tasks with close doors.
For health safety reasons and proper functioning of the community, open the following business categories remain:
It clarified that retailers who do not fall into category suspend their operations can continue their work by ensuring that the workplace will be no more than five workers.
All other companies not-listed the above categories, can continue to operate as it will keep strict hygiene rules and the protection of staff and space.
In regard to the operation of hotels, they suspend their work until April 30th 2020. To serve their existing customers may continue to operate for a period of six days from now.
Regarding the public service companies from the private, public and parastatal noted that not strictly true that the presence of people in the service area should be more than one person per 8 square meters. Indicatively, public service area means the bank branches, Citizen Service Centers, the bill payment centers, and so on.
Finally, arrangements regarding public transportation will be announced the same day by the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works.
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