Speech by the Mayor of Limassol, Mr Andreas Christou, at the international conference on cleaning and waste removing in high tech industries” organised by the company Kargasok Industrial Export, on Friday, 14th of March 2014 at 8.30 a.m at the Atlantica Miramare Hotel
On behalf of the Limassol Municipality, I would like to warmly welcome you all to this event and we are very pleased that despite the difficulties in the global economy and the current political situation, we are all gathered here today to meet each other and discuss about important issues related tocleaning and waste removing in high tech-industries.
I would like to congratulate Mr Mikhail Oshlakov and his company for this initiative and extraordinary effort, and to highlight that the issue under the general term of “cleaning and waste removing” is among the most important ones in the modern life of industries, cities and households.
The European Commission continuously establishes stricter rules for cleaning and waste management, requiring everyone to adapt to such rules and to seriously address the issues related to cleanliness, hygiene, aesthetics and, most importantly, to the protection of the environment and our planet.
With regard to the municipal and urban areas, the cleanliness issue has moved to the very forefront of our concerns and for this reason, investments in equipment, personnel and new technologies have significantly increased during the last few years in order to address such issues.
Therefore we, the representatives of local authorities, warmly welcome the presence of experts and representatives of major companies, engaged in producing equipment and sharing their technical knowledge on the issues under discussion.
You are probably well aware that Limassol is and will remain the “steam engine” of the Cyprus economy, from where thousands of local and international companies and enterprises undertake their activities. Today our city is the largest ship-management centre in the European Union and the fifth world wide.
Limassol and all of Cyprus, despite the crisis, remain open and welcoming to all. The comparative advantages of our island are still there and continue to be based on the people, our history and traditions, as well as on the experience and knowledge gained during the past 45 years. Throughout this time, our island has gradually developed into an international business centre. It is certain, that by detecting hydrocarbon deposits at the Cyprus EEZ these potentials gain a different dimension.
Crucially, our Municipality has led the cultural evolution of Limassol into a major multi-ethnic, multicultural city where about 20% of our population are expatriate citizens, who became an integral part of local society with considerable contribution in social, cultural and economic development of our city. We believe this is a proof of the city’s multinational outlook and welcoming attitude to international corporations using the Cyprus hub as a base for their global activities.
Whilst in Limassol, I also encourage you to explore the city and the traditions of Cyprus. Our city has a long history dating 4000 years back. The Limassol region features some of the most well-known archaeological sites. The Limassol region is also home to some of the most well-known wineries of Cyprus, situated either in Limassol or in nearby villages. I encourage you to therefore use this opportunity for complimenting your business trip with a taste of Cyprus, through the wide cultural, entertainment and recreational opportunities that Limassol offers.
I wish you the very best for your conference and thank you for this invitation.