Outgoing Larnaca Chamber of Commerce (Evel) president Stavros Stavrou this week announced plans to run for the position of president at the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Keve).
In a statement issued by the Larnaca Chamber of Commerce, Stavrou, in his farewell speech during the chamber’s general assembly last week, highlighted the enriched portfolio of the hotel industry in the city and district of Larnaca. He also emphasised the ongoing and scheduled developments over the next three years.
Stavrou underscored the positive aspects of the hotel industry’s robust portfolio in the city and district of Larnaca, projected to surpass 3,000 beds with several new units expected to bear the names of renowned international hotel giants.
Addressing ongoing and anticipated projects, he outlined three significant endeavours, including the relocation of oil tanks and liquid gas facilities in conjunction with the lifting of the SEVESO Directive, the construction of the Larnaca-Dekelia road in progress, and the development of the port-marina, despite various challenges.
He also lauded the modern infrastructure being established by private capital from the consortium composed of Petrolina, EKO, Intergaz, and Synergaz in the Vasilikos area.
Additionally, Stavrou highlighted issues such as the need for specialised members of staff, the overall shortage of labour, rising lending rates, and the significant challenges caused by the delay in implementing the Green Transition in combination with soaring energy costs.
Moreover, he stressed the importance of resolving issues related to halloumi cheese, considering it a major export product of the district, calling for the timely closure of this matter.
Expressing his honour of being part of Evel’s history, Stavrou emphasised the need for concerted efforts to support positions that promote entrepreneurship and progress in both Larnaca and Cyprus.
He pledged to bring his expertise to the presidency of Keve, believing the next three years to be critical for the entirety of the economy and society.
Evel also announced its new Administrative Board for 2023-2026, with Nakis Antoniou elected as the new president.
The board comprises several Vice Presidents and Honorary Secretaries, along with members from various sectors, marking a diverse representation in the chamber’s leadership.