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TRADE: European Commissioner Karel De Gucht in Cyprus

29 August, 2014

European Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht, will be in Cyprus on September 4 to attend a trade event.

As announced by the Trade Service of the Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Karel De Gucht will be the keynote speaker at a trade event that will take place on Thursday, 4 September 2014, between 11:00 am to 12:30, at Filoxenia Conference Centre in Nicosia.

Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, will address the event and the Honorary President of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Manthos Mavrommatis, will deliver a speech on EU Trade Policy - the Cyprus Perspective and Future Challenges.

According to Trade Service, the Commissioner is expected to provide an overall analysis of the EU’s Trade Policy, such as the negotiations undertaken by the EU for Free Trade Agreements, the Doha multilateral negotiations, as well as the plurilateral negotiations for a Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA).

Particular emphasis will be placed on SMEs and the opportunities that arise for them. The speeches will be followed by a questions and answers session.

The Trade Event is of interest to enterprises and business associations, as well as to non-governmental organisations and academic institutions.

The objectives will be, firstly, to update participants on the current developments and how these can affect Cypriot enterprises and, secondly, to stimulate interest on EU’s Trade Policy and to encourage greater involvement by the Cyprus business world.