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Cyprus recognised as regional Medical Centre April 2, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Health & Fitness, Tourism.

Cyprus is gradually being recognized as an ideal location for becoming a regional Medical Centre, providing high quality medical care to the people of this rather turbulent and distressed part of the world, said Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Antonis Michaelides.

Addressing the 2nd World Health Tourism Congress, in Limassol, Michaelides said the international scope and significance of the conference is reflected in the impressive delegates list, which includes over 100 providers of health tourism services and 120 corporate buyers from many countries.

The Minister said that Cyprus combines a number of important attributes as a destination for health tourism and has the potential to become a centre for health tourism in the near future. Our island, he noted, located at the crossroads of three continents, offers ideal climate both for treatment and recuperation and a high standard of services for medical tourism at cost effective rates. He added that the government, recognizing the importance of health tourism for Cyprus, has included the development of this sector in its strategic goals.

”The Cyprus government encourages investment in various sectors of the Cyprus economy and health tourism investments are particularly welcomed”, he pointed out.
Within this framework, he continued, the government has set up a one stop system for the speedy registration of companies in Cyprus.

In addition, it has recently established the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency, which aims at attracting foreign investment and at facilitating such investment. The government also actively supports the Medical Services Promotion Board, which has been set up by the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and consists of a cluster of the largest private medical facilities in Cyprus.

An interministrial committee is currently examining the possibility of additional incentives in a concerted effort to promote further the development of health tourism, the minister noted.

He also referred to the establishment and operation of the Harvard School for the Environment and Public Health in association with the Cyprus International Institute which are carrying out serious research work in this extremely important fields for the benefit of the public.

The interest of the well-known Pittsburgh Medical Centre of the University of Pittsburgh to set up an operation in Cyprus, he added, is also noteworthy and for this matter, there are already discussions in progress between UPMC and the government to turn Cyprus into the «Mecca» of health in the region, as some of their officials have put it.

Michaelides concluded by saying that the Dubai Financial Group which is associated with the Marfin Popular Bank in Cyprus, through its President Soud Ba-alawy, has recently announced their strong interest in investing in the Health Care Sector of our economy.

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