The shipping industry is experiencing fast growth, and the government plans to take further steps to boost business, Deputy Minister of Shipping Natasa Pilides said on Thursday.
She was speaking at an event in Limassol, where she recapped developments one year after the junior ministry for shipping was established, as well as the ministry’s goals going forward.
More and more shipping companies are choosing Cyprus as their base of operations, Pilides noted.
Since the ministry’s creation the number of companies that are tax-resident in Cyprus has risen from 168 to 203, while many other corporations who are not tax-resident here are doing business.
The minister said that three per cent of the labour force, approximately 9,000 people, are currently employed in the shipping sector.
She said the ministry is operating according to a strategic plan developed by a major consultancy firm.
Addressing shipowners, Pilides said: “We would like to assure you we are doing all we can to upgrade Cyprus as a shipping destination, facilitating entrepreneurship and encouraging current businesses to bring more and more partners to set up shop here.”
On the idea of a shipping link with Greece, Pilides said it has been green-lit by the ministry.
The terms of reference for the tender have been drafted, and soon the ministry would be assessing the offers of interested companies.