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Cyprus recognized as regional Medical Centre
2007-03-29 08:47:04

Limassol, Mar 24 - 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, according to Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Antonis Michaelides.

Addressing the 2nd World Health Tourism Congress, in coastal Limassol, Mr. Michaelides also said that 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 added 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. Cyprus, 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 also said 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.

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