Cyprus will have the honour of hosting the 26th Annual General Meeting of the Board of Governors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Business Forum titled “Targeting Green and Inclusive Growth: Meeting Regional and Global Challenges”, from the 9th – 11th May 2017. The Ministry of Finance considers the success of the whole event of high importance, since this will be the first time that Cyprus will be hosting the annual General Meeting of an international financial institution.
It is expected that around 2000 people will participate in the event, including Ministers of Finance, Governors of Central Banks and other High-level Officials, entrepreneurs and foreign investors, as well as representatives from Civil Society organisations. The whole event is expected to attract the interest of a high number of local and international media.
The EBRD is an international multilateral financial institution, owned by 65 shareholder countries, the European Investment Bank and the European Union. The Bank has been operating in Cyprus on a temporary basis since May 2014 with the purpose of financing sustainable development projects, and to date it has invested around €200mln.
The Business Forum will also take place in the context of the Annual General Meeting, which includes the organisation of a special event for the promotion of Cyprus as an investment hub. The whole event presents a great opportunity for promoting Cyprus as a business and tourist centre, as well as enhancing Cyprus’ important regional role in addressing problems/challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean Region.
In view of the above, the Minister of Finance, Harris Georgiades and the General Secretary of EBRD, Enzo Quattrociocche, will sign a Memorandum of Cooperation, on Tuesday, 24th January at 11am at the Ministry of Finance. The Memorandum of Cooperation includes the obligations of both sides on a number of technical issues for the smooth and successful preparation of the whole event.
Ministry of Finance