Program 2017

With support of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry,

Cyprus International Business Association, Association of Russian Businessmen in Cyprus.



May, 14-16 / 2017

Four Seasons Hotel and Trakasol Exhibition Centre, Limassol, Cyprus



Saturday-Sunday, May 13-14

Arrival of foreign participants and guests of honor, free time for guests from abroad, pre-arranged business meetings.

Sunday, May 14.

19:00 – 20:30 Official Opening Ceremony of the BEST INVEST Conference.

Cocktail Reception for 450 people: 250 selected prominent investors and investment specialists from Cyprus and abroad, 100 CEOs and directors of International and local financial institutions and 100 VIP guests (political and business leaders of Cyprus).

Monday, May 15

8.00-8.45 – Registration. Morning Coffee.

9.00-9.15 – Opening Remarks by the Chairwoman of the Conference Mrs. Natalia Kardash.

9.15-9.30 – Welcome speech by Mr. Nikos Nikolaides, Mayor of Limassol.

9.30-9.45 – Opening Key Note Speech.
Cyprus Today: Recent Reforms, plans and challenges. Government’s Strategy for Further Economic Development and Incentives for Investors and Foreign Businessmen.
H.E. Mr. Constantinos Petrides, Minister of Interior

9.45-9.55 – Questions and answers, comments from the audience.

9.55-10.10 – International Banking in Cyprus and Hellenic Bank.
Mr. George Karageorgis, Hellenic Bank Group General Manager, Retail & International Banking

10.10-10.25 – Challenges ahead for the Cyprus Fund Industry.
Angelos Gregoriades. President of CIFA (Cyprus International Funds Association)

10.25-10.45 – Panel discussion 1:
World in the Age of Globalization
This Panel of speakers will analyses economics, geopolitics or international security and terrorism issues, providing a unique perspective into what’s really happening around the globe-from China to Russia to the Middle East and Europe-and what it means to professional investment and finance audiences of BEST INVEST Conference. Discussion will provide a look at where things are headed, and where the potential dangers and opportunities may be. Both realistic and hopeful, this discussion will leave the audiences with a better understanding of current global issues, and a clear, compelling vision of the future.

• Christos Michaelides, President of Cyprus Federation of Employers and Industrialists;
• Frixos Savvides, President of Cyprus International Business Association (CIBA);
• Dr. Kypros Chrysostomides, former Minister of Justice, member of the House in Representatives, Government Spokesman, Managing Partner, Dr. K. Chrysostomides & Co LLC.

10.45-11.15 – Networking Coffee Break

11.15-11.30 – Cyprus for foreign business. Recent changes in laws and regulations. Overview 2017.
Pieris Markou, Tax & Legal Practice Leader at Deloitte Cyprus

11.30-11.50 - Panel discussion 2
Cyprus as an International Business Centre Through the Eyes of Foreign CEOs, Businessmen and Entrepreneurs. Exchange of Views on the Future of the Cyprus Economy and Business.
• Anna Romanenko, CEO, ABC International
• Dmitriy Morozov, President, CY PV Energy

11.50-12.05 – Will Russian business stay in Cyprus? Will new business come?
How Russian businessmen see Cyprus? What attracts them, what barriers they need to overcome? How Cyprus may build its strategy on attracting more business from Russia?
Michael Sobolev, Tax Expert on Russia and CIS Countries, Vice-President of Consulco

12.05-12.25 – Panel Discussion 3
Cyprus and Europe: new prospects of mutual investments and bilateral economic relationship.
Investment prospects of Europe. Infrastructural projects, banking sector, trade and economic cooperation. Overview on the whole European market.
Cyprus as Russia's investment and commercial partner: why Cyprus strategically suits Russia as a regular business partner and how Russian capital can benefit from cooperation while developing its global business.
What are the prospects for Russia and Europe in the new Cypriot economy? What arrangements are being made to secure and protect investment interests?
• Nathalie Jaarsma, Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
• Vladimir Zrazhewsky, Deputy CEO, RCB Bank, Cyprus
• Chris Koufaris, Director General, Cyprus International Business Association.

12.25-12.45 – Panel Discussion 4.
International investments – new challenges. Is Cyprus able to attract only property investments? What about other sectors and especially IT and new technologies? How to attract serious businesses and business owners? Can Cyprus become a bigger and better international center for wealth management services?
• Dr Charles Ellinas, CEO of e-CNHC, former CEO of Cyprus National Hydrocarbons Company (KRETYK)
• Christo Andrea, Founder and CEO of Angstrom Group.
• Nicos Kountouris, Founder and CEO, Aviator Training Centre.

12.45-13.00 – Closing Remarks.

13.00-14.00 – Networking Lunch.

14.00 – 15.30 – Prospects of Shipping Development and Investments. Shipping & Shipbuilding Market Outlook. Forecasting the Main Shipping Markets.
This session addresses key issues and best practices of shipping markets, the balance between demand and supply of shipping services, measures to develop the industry worldwide and in Cyprus.

Opening Speech: H.E. Mr. Marios Demetriades, Minister of Transport, Communications and Works

Key Note Speech: Attraction of Investing in Cyprus, Shipping & Cyprus Flagged Vessels.
Captain Eberhard Koch, Chairman, CEO & Partner of the ÖL Shipping Group

Panel Discussion 5: Practical examples of shipping business development in Cyprus and role of Cyprus in the shipping business worldwide.
• Marios Demetriades, Minister of Transport, Communications and Works
• Dr. Erato Kozakou-Markoullis, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, former Minister of Communications and Works
• Thomas Kazakos, Director General, Cyprus Shipping Chamber
Moderator: Captain Eberhard Koch, Chairman, CEO & Partner of the ÖL Shipping Group

Panel Discussion 6: Brainstorming on the future of shipping in Cyprus and in the world.
• Sotiris Kambanellas, Vice President, YoungShip Cyprus
• Cleo Papadopoulou, Partner, PwC Cyprus.
• Capt. Aleksander Legowski, Managing Director & COO, Österreichischer Lloyd Seereederei
• Ilias Tsakiris / CEO, American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company
Moderator: Yvonne Tsanos, General Manager, ÖL Shipping Group
Closing Speech: Dr. Erato Kozakou-Markoullis, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, former Minister of Communications and Works

15:30 – 16:00 – Networking coffee break. Registration for Thematic session 2

16.00 – 17.30 – Cyprus and India: Mutual Investments and opportunities.
India today is one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic countries in the world with 1,3 billion citizens. The region’s emerging markets are supported by fast-growing neighbour economies, young and skilled workers. This session will explore promising long-term opportunities that Cypriot, European and Russian business people can find in India and the way businessmen from India see Cyprus and its potential.

Opening Speech: Investments in Cyprus and India and prospects of development business cooperation.
H.E. High Commissioner of India to Cyprus Mr. Ravi Bangar

Key Note Speech: Investment opportunities in India
K Nagaraj Naidu, Joint Secretary (Economic Diplomacy), Ministry of External Affairs of India.

Discussion 7: Practical examples of bilateral business relationship or Indian businessmen living and working in Cyprus.

Discussion 8: Brainstorming on the future of the economic cooperation between two countries, mutual investments, exchange of goods and services.

Closing Speech: Practical Ways to strengthen business links.
Marios Andreou, President of Cyprus-Indian Business Association.


*The program may have changes.

Organisers: SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS Magazine



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