The establishment of 11 companies of foreign interest in Cyprus is supported by the Fast-Track Business Activation Mechanism, in less than ten months from its launch.
The Fast-Track Mechanism provides information and facilities, based on specific criteria, to companies of foreign interests for their registration and activity in Cyprus.
As Mrs. Pileidou stated during her presentation, so far 11 companies have joined the Mechanism, while a significant number of companies active in the technology sector have shown interest.
Regarding the next steps for improving the Mechanism and attracting investments in the field of Information Technology, the efforts are oriented, to the automation of the Mechanism and to the simplification of the procedures as Mrs. Pileidou stated.
In his own speech, the Minister of Interior Mr. Nicos Nouris noted that the new economic environment created by the pandemic makes the need for the adoption of policies and procedures that are conducive to the recovery of paramount importance. Since the revision took effect in October, the minister stated, the Civil Registry and Migration Department has issued more than 170 temporary residence and employment permits, with another 150 expected in the coming weeks. He noted that there is an increase of 10% in the submitted applications compared to the corresponding period last year.
Mr. Antoun Massaad, CEO of Cedar Rose International Services, stressed that the Mechanism came at the right time for the company, which was planning to relocate to another country. Within four months of guidance and support, he stressed, from a group of exceptional professionals, the company managed to settle in Cyprus.
Mr. Uri Poliavich, CEO of Brainrocket, part of the OUTONO group of companies, stated that the company came to our country to stay and is now part of the Cypriot economy. OUTONO considers the Mechanism, he added, an important asset of Cyprus for attracting foreign investments.
The representative of Murex Cyprus Mrs. Mayssam Youssef, Beirut Center Operations Manager, referring to the company’s criteria for landing in Cyprus, spoke about the safe and stable environment, the very good quality of life, and the proximity of the company’s base in Lebanon, which facilitates the movement of executives and employees and their repatriation. Only within five months of the decision to establish in Cyprus, she stated, the company was able to start work, an achievement attributed to the Mechanism and the excellent cooperation it had with the project management team.
On behalf of the Cyprus Investment Promotion Organization (Invest Cyprus), the President Mr. Michalis Michael stated that the Mechanism is a powerful weapon in the quiver of the Organization, which facilitates its work, i.e. the promotion of Cyprus as an investment destination.
In his own greeting, Mr. Andreas Pishias, Secretary General of the Cyprus International Businesses Association (CIBA), stated that Cyprus was and remains a friendly country to foreign companies and an attractive business destination. The operation of the Mechanism, he underlined, offers significant support to this purpose.