CSC holds successful 34th AGM, re-elects Themis Papadopoulos as President

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The Cyprus Chamber of Shipping (CSC) held its 34th Annual General Meeting with great success and participation at the Four Seasons hotel in Limassol on Tuesday 9 May. Attendees included State and Government dignitaries, political party representatives, members of the House of Representatives, diplomats, representatives of professional organisations and as well as by the resident maritime industry.

The General Meeting was addressed by the President of the Republic, Mr Nikos Christodoulides; the President of the House of Representatives, Mrs Annita Demetriou; the Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Mr Guy Platten; and the President of the CSC, Mr Themis Papadopoulos (pictured).

In his address, the President of the Republic emphasised the commitment of the new Government to continue the close cooperation with the CSC and provide the necessary political support to the shipping industry, through the quick introduction of specific mechanisms necessary to further strengthen the sector.

The President of the House of Representatives commended Shipping for having remained a strong and steady pillar of the Cyprus economy despite global economic challenges, reaffirming the Parliament’s commitment to work closely with the CSC for the advancement of the Shipping sector in Cyprus.

Mr Guy Platten congratulated Chamber President Mr Themis Papadopoulos for his recent re-election as one of the Vice-Presidents of ICS, and thanked the Chamber for its longstanding input into ICS work, helping shape a better future for International Shipping. He dubbed collaboration across the entire value chain the only way to forge a path to a decarbonised future.

Finally, the CSC President reviewed the challenges and developments that took place in 2022 in relation to Cyprus Shipping and the Chamber’s activities towards the further development of the sector. He also mentioned that Shipping is one of the most serious economic pillars of the country and enhances the prestige of Cyprus. To this end he emphasised the need for immediate completion of a ‘One-Stop-Shipping-Centre’ at the Shipping Deputy Ministry, and the swift enactment of regulations to create a ‘Shipping Company with Limited Liability’.

In relation to the longstanding Turkish Embargo to Cyprus ships, Mr Papadopoluou asked for concrete support of the Government and diplomats to use their influence to immediately lift what he called this this illegal restriction.

In addition, he stated the commitment of the Chamber to continue its efforts for the fast and sustainable green transition of the Shipping Industry, through its active involvement in regional and international Shipping organisations.

During the Meeting, elections were also held for the new Board of Directors of the Chamber for the period 2023-2025. Mr Themis Papadopoulos was re-elected as President of the CSC for a second two-year term, alongside 11 top-level executives from Member companies as Board Directors.

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