Nicosia.- By Emilia Christofi/CNA
The annual overseas Cypriots’ conferences in Nicosia will be upgraded this year, with special attention to be given to the 9th World Conference of Young Overseas Cypriots (NEPOMAK).
Speaking to CNA, Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou said that the official opening of the central councils of the World Federation of Overseas Cypriots – International Coordinating Committee “Justice for Cyprus” (POMAK-PSEKA) as well as NEPOMAK will take place on 25th July in the afternoon in the presence of President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades and the island’s political leadership.
He said this year’s conference is upgraded. Greece’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Terence Quick, Egyptian Minister of Immigration and Expatriates Affairs Nabila Makram as well as Armenia’s Mkhitar Hayrapetyan, Minister of Diaspora Affairs will attend the conferences in the context of the trilateral agreements and cooperation Cyprus has with these countries.
The ministers will hold meetings with Cypriot ministers to discuss and promote specific actions for the diaspora, said Photiou.
Regarding the NEPOMAK World conference, Photiou said that 150 young people will take part in what is a very significant conference because “we attach great significance to the younger generation as they hold the future of the diaspora”.
The young people will be informed on developments on Cyprus, the economy and energy through various discussion panels. He also said that other panels will deal with ways to keep young people closer to their roots, such as collaborations with universities in Cyprus, the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation and to help them learn Greek, the history of Cyprus as well as traditions. The youth will have an active participation in panels, he added.
Regarding the central POMAK and PSEKA councils, he said that representatives will be in the island where on the 26th July, during a reception hosted by the President of the Republic in honour of the members of diaspora, a number of expatriates will be honoured, including scientists who have excelled in their fields.
A round-table discussion will also take place with the participation of the ambassadors of Greece, Egypt, Israel, the US, the British High Commission. Diplomats will elaborate on their countries’ relations with Cyprus and the discussion will also be attended by NEPOMAK members.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs will inform participants on the latest developments regarding the Cyprus problem while the Minister of Finance will brief them on economy issues.
Photiou said overseas Cypriots are the best ambassadors, especially in decision making centres such as the US, Britain and EU countries where they are promoting Cyprus’ interests. This is very significant, he said, adding that the government is examining ways to fully utilize these people who are promoting Cyprus’ interests overseas.