The Paphos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) is a private corporate body functioning under special law and is financially independent, free of any influence by the state. The Chamber is funded by its members’ subscription fees and through income generated from a number of services it provides.
The PCCI is the Paphos Union of Cypriot businessmen, the interests of whom it promotes by submitting to the government and the Parliament through the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) the members’ positions on matters in which they are involved, while, through its participation in tripartite bodies and committees, it conveys and promotes the views of the business community.
The PCCI was founded in 1952 under the name “Paphos Federation of Trade & Industry”, and in 1963 a new structure was adopted, which remains in operation to date, under the name of: “Paphos Chamber of Commerce and Industry”, and joined the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) power. The CCCI is the federation of the local Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CCIs) which operate in Nicosia, Limassol, Famagusta, Larnaca and Paphos. The local CCIs have a geographical coverage of their respective districts. The membership of the CCCI exceeds 8,000 enterprises from the whole spectrum of business activity. Affiliated to it are more than 140 Professional Associations from the trade, industry and services sectors.
The basic objective of the local Chambers and CCCI is to safeguard and steadily develop the Cyprus Economy in order to continuously improve the standard of living and prosperity of all the people of Cyprus.
This objective outlines and determines the policy of the Local Chambers and CCCI and their activities which aim at offering high quality services to members, including:
- Promotion of the interests of the business community, within the framework of the broader interests of Cyprus and the welfare of its people.
- Strengthening of private initiative which constitutes the backbone of the economy while safeguarding and promoting, at the same time, the liberal character of the economic system of Cyprus.
- Being abreast of the economic developments and maximising the contribution of the business community to the country’s progress.
- Contributing towards continuous and balanced growth nationwide, within the framework of the European Union.
The Paphos Chamber has played an important role in the development of Paphos, culminating in the period 2000 – 2008 where Paphos was the leader in growth. Today lists more than 500 members.
The PCCI has developed a dynamic range of activities and has become the protagonist and often the catalyst in the development of Paphos district. The Paphos Chamber offers a multitude of services to its member – enterprises, while promoting the solution of local problems and the regional growth of Paphos area.
In addition to the important role that the local Chambers have in their particular districts, they are also the vehicles for conveying the views and demands of the regions to the centre. In essence, the CCIs are the means for two – way communication, solution of problems and processing of various business issues.
The Paphos Chamber of Commerce and Industry cooperates closely with the State, the municipalities of the Paphos District, professional associations and organizations to solve problems that local businesses face.
Paphos Chamber has established itself in the consciousness of the Paphos District people and the business world in general as the organization that has left its mark in promoting the implementation of major infrastructure and development projects, and solving the major problems faced by the business community and development in general. It has acted as the institutional modernization and reform power thus increasing the validity and reliability of the Chambers of Commerce.
It collaborates productively with the State, the four municipalities of the Paphos District and other local government bodies, as well as professional associations and organizations to solve problems raised, undertaking of initiatives for matters of development and economic growth, promoting actions of cultural and social impact in the Paphos District.
In 1988 the Paphos Chamber founded the Broad Tourism Committee of the Chamber which was attended by the Municipalities of the District, and relevant state departments, tour operators and related professional associations. Main objectives of the Commission were the promotion and introduction of Paphos as a quality tourist destination, the increase of flights, the upgrade of Paphos airport, and the promotion of various tourism infrastructure and development projects. In 2008, the Paphos Chamber pioneered once again in the establishment of the Regional Boards of Tourism (ETAP) where representatives of the Local Chambers preside.
PCCI was one of the initiators of the establishment of the cultural organization ¨Paphos Aphrodite Festival Cyprus¨ in 1997 which has as its main purpose the organization of cultural events of international scope and interest (organises the annual opera event in early September each year).
With its active participation in the Executive Secretariat of the Paphos Coordinating Committee of Parties and Organisations (SEKO), the Chamber helps in assessing the District’s goals and priorities for issues of infrastructure, promotion and growth.
With its modern, privately owned offices and equipment, contributes to the better performance of the Secretariat and its uninterrupted services to its members. At the same time, it houses various professional associations consolidating the close cooperation with other bodies that recognize the leadership and coordinating role of the Paphos Chamber.