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State needs to be more modern and fair, president tells new officials

New Central Bank Governor Chrystalla Georghadji, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades and the new Commissioner for Gender Equality Iosifina Antoniou

By staff reporter

GOVERNMENT services need to be restructured, President Nicos Anastasiades said yesterday, in a bid to help the country function as a modern, social, flexible and fair state.

The state must also meet the public’s increased demand for good governance, meritocracy, transparency in public administration and accountability, and above all improve the quality of services provided, the president said.

He was speaking during the affirmation ceremony of five new state officials, Central Bank Governor Chrystalla Georghadji, Auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides, Commissioner for Public Service Reform Irena Georgiades, Commissioner for Gender Equality Iosifina Antoniou and the Greek Cypriot Representative to the Committee of Missing Persons (CMP) Nestoras Nestoros.

In his address, Anastasiades described the current period as historic in that the Cypriot state was faced with unprecedented challenges and the need for major changes and reforms.

“In these critical times for the national economy, we are called to adapt and function in the demanding European environment as a modern, social, flexible and fair state, whose main mission should be better and fairer service,” he said.

He added that as part of this modernisation effort, state services must be restructured and meet the increasing demands of the public.

In his speech, the President praised each of the newly appointed officials and expressed his confidence that they would successfully carry out their mission.

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