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Economist Impact Global Event: 15th Annual Cyprus Summit 2019

Yiannos Trisokkas attended the 15th Annual Cyprus Summit as a speaker on Tuesday November 5th at the Hilton Park in the Cypriot capital of Nicosia.

Entitled ‘Cyprus: Thriving Unimpeded? – Europe: In Need of a New Narrative’, the event was organised by the renowned British media company ‘The Economist Group’, famous for its eponymous international weekly newspaper, ‘The Economist’, in collaboration with the European Commission’s Representation in Cyprus. Taking place across two days, the summit tackled topics such as Cyprus’s economic diversification and role as a significant business hub, strategy for stakeholders regarding the eastern Mediterranean’s hydrocarbons, and new alliances contributing to peace and prosperity in a troubled region. Prominent political figures, financiers, and businessmen attended, including Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades, former American Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell, the World Bank’s Program Manager for Southern Europe Marcus Heinz, and the Economist’s political and Brexit editor John Peet.

Yiannos spoke at 2:10pm during the event’s Day 2 afternoon panel entitled ‘Regional Development & Investment in the Mediterranean: What is the Strategy?’. Comprising of distinguished personalities such as the President of the European Committee of Connections, Apostolos Tzitzikostas, the roster engaged in a lively dialogue revolving around residence and citizenship programmes, real estate, smart cities, the shipping and tourism industries, and the importance of investments in education.  The discussion was followed by a panel on ‘Developing a Culture of Innovation’ and a Networking Luncheon, after which the conference ended at 5:15pm.