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Cypriot Communications and Works Minister, Tasos Mitsopoulos, attended an event in Limassol entitled “Blue Growth, the Irish model”. In his speech to the participants, among who where experts from Ireland who elaborated on the Blue Growth model, stated that Cyprus’ Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP) aims at the full utilization and sustainable development of its seas with the cooperation of all the countries involved .
He recognised “Blue Growth” as one of the basic pillars on which the revitalising of Cyprus’ economy will be built, noting that Cyprus recognises the importance of a holistic approach to maritime affairs and has proven that with the preparation of a draft strategy for IMP which was put to public consultation from 15 November to 31 December 2013.
“We are currently in the process of studying and evaluating all comments and suggestions received in order to form the final draft to be submitted to the Council of Ministers for approval,” he said.
Addressing the Irish experts, the minister said that “Ireland, being at the other edge of the EU, has made significant progress towards this end. So we highly value your presence in Cyprus and we are ready to listen and gain knowledge from your invaluable experience”.