United Nations.- By Apostolos Zoupaniotis
Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades arriving in New York for the high – level week of the UN General Assembly that begins on Monday, September 24. In addition to their UN meetings, they will both meet with US investors.
Prime Minister Tsipras is expected to arrive on Sunday. He will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias (who arrived on Friday), Digital Policy Minister Nikos Pappas, Alternate Finance Minister Giorgos Chouliarakis and deputy minister to the Prime Minister Dimitri Liakos.
According to diplomatic sources, the exit from the memoranda gives increased momentum and interest in the prospects of the Greek economy, while the Skopje issue reinforces the recognition of Greece’s role as a regional factor of stability and growth in the region.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ programme – who will speak at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly on Friday afternoon – also includes meetings with institutional investors.
On Monday, Tsipras will address the Nelson Mandela Peace UN Summit and in the evening he will attend a reception held by US President Donald Trump in honour of the heads of delegations taking part in the UNGA. On Tuesday, he will attend the event to welcome the heads of delegations. The prime minister’s meeting with the UN Secretary-General is scheduled for Thursday afternoon. He will also have a bilateral meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday.
Emphasis will also be given on contacts with large financial institutions such as Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. He will also participate in Concordia annual conference.
The President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades is arriving in New York on Saturday, September 22, Cyprus’s delegation during the High-level week of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly. The President will be accompanied by the First Lady, Andri Anastasiades, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Christodoulides, the Deputy Minister to the President, Vasilis Palmas, and the Government Spokesman, Prodromos Prodromou.
By the middle of the week the Ministers of Finance Haris Georgiades, Energy and Commerce George Lakkotrypis and the Deputy Maritime Minister Natassa Pillidou will arrive in New York, to participate at the 2nd Invest in Cyprus Capital Link Forum, that will take place on Friday, September 28.
On Monday, September 24, Mr. Anastasiades will attend the UN High-Level event on “Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem” organized by the President of the United States and the High-Level Plenary Meeting on Global Peace in honor of Nelson Mandela.
President Anastasiades will also have a series of bilateral meetings with many Head of States and Governments including the Presidents of Egypt, Albania and Mauritius, the Prime Ministers of Armenia and Moldova, the King of Jordan, as well as the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation.
On Thursday morning, 27 September, Mr. Anastasiades will address the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly, followed by a working lunch with the ambassadors of the 5 permanent members of the Security Council and in the evening he will attend the Annual Testimonial Dinner hosted by the Federation of Cypriot American Organizations.
On Friday, September 28, President Anastasiades will have a meeting with the Secretary-General of the United Nations Mr. António Guterres and later that day he will address the 2nd Capital Link Forum.
During his stay in New York, President Anastasiades will meet leaders of the Greek and Cypriot Community, Jewish and other organizations and will pay a visit to his Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America.
President Anastasiades will depart on Saturday, September 29.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias will participate in many of the high level meetings that are taking place in the sidelines of the UN General Assembly and he will hold many bilateral meetings. On Sunday he will attend the Ministerial dinner on the Middle East organized by the International Peace Institute.
On Monday he will attend the High Level Event on “Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem”, organized by the President of the United States Donald Trump. He also attend the informal EU Foreign Ministers meeting on Syria and Libya .
On Tuesday he will attend the high level events on “Action for Peacekeeping organized by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. In the evening he will attend the Transatlantic Foreign Ministers Dinner. On Thursday he is the main speaker at a breakfast organized by the Council on Foreign Relations, followed by a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Forum of Ancient Civilizations, a Greek initiative.
In addition he will participate in the quadripartite meeting of Greece, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania and the Trilateral meeting between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, Greece and Egypt.
His bilateral meetings include his counterparts of Cyprus, Indonesia, Oman, Morocco, Azerbaijan, Jordan, Lebanon, UAE, Equador, Albania, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Egypt, Peru, Cuba, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Georgia, Philippines etc.
A press release by the Foreign Ministry says that on the sidelines of the UN Assembly, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Christodoulides will hold a number of meetings with counterparts and officials from regional and international organizations. According to the program as it currently stands, Christodoulides will hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Greece, Algeria, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Montenegro, Morocco, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Palestine.
In addition to bilateral contacts, the Foreign Minister will attend a trilateral meeting with the Foreign Ministers of Greece and Egypt and co-chair with his Italian counterpart the First Ministerial Meeting of the Group of Friends for the Protection of Cultural Heritage in New York, which was recently set up at the initiative of Cyprus and Italy.
He will also hold meetings with the Secretary-General of the Union for the Mediterranean, the Secretary-General of the Arab League and the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.
Furthermore, Christodoulides will attend the Ministerial meeting on Syria, as well as the 18th Meeting of Commonwealth Foreign Ministers and will attend a dinner hosted by the US Secretary of State for the 28 EU Foreign Ministers.
The Foreign Minister will accompany the President of the Republic to his meetings with the UN Secretary-General, the King of Jordan, the Russian Foreign Minister, the Chinese Foreign Minister and the Permanent Representatives of the five permanent members of the Security Council.
The Foreign Minister will return to Cyprus on Sunday, 30 September.
CAPITAL LINK FORUM
President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades will be the Keynote speaker at the Capital Link 2nd Invest in Cyprus Forum that will take place on Friday, September 28, 2018, at The Metropolitan Club in NYC. The Forum is organized with the active support and involvement of the Cyprus Union of Shipowners. President Anastasiades will speak during the Forum’s luncheon, while the newly appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for European & Eurasian Affairs Matthew Palmer, will offer his remarks.
The Capital Link 2nd Invest in Cyprus Forum will be attended by top government and business leaders including the Minister of Finance Harris Georgiades, the Minister of Energy Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, and the Deputy Minister of Shipping Natasa Pilides
Capitalizing on the success of last year’s forum, the organizers aim to maintain the momentum of raising awareness about Cyprus as a global business and investment destination to a wider investor universe through a prestigious, high caliber, high impact event in New York City.
The repetition of this event on a regular basis provides a high level platform for informing the US investment, financial and business communities on the progress, developments and outlook of the Cypriot economy and relevant investment and business opportunities, including opportunities arising out of the oil and gas exploitation at the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone, with Cyprus enhancing its position as an energy, shipping and logistics hub.
The conference will feature the developments and reforms in the Cypriot economy and the Cypriot government’s program for the economy and investments. It will also feature political and business leaders and decision makers from the public and private sectors.
The topics include:
- The Economy of Cyprus – Developments & Outlook
- Banking & Financial Services
- Cyprus as a Regional Energy Hub Remarks
- Cyprus as a Regional Energy Hub – Business &
Investment Opportunities in Energy
- Cyprus as a Regional Maritime & Logistics Industry Hub
- The Shipowners’ Perspective – Maritime Expertise and
Infrastructure in Cyprus – Cyprus as an Operational Hub