"Obviously, the Brexit cannot be considered by us as a positive development, especially for political reasons, but at the same time we are not particularly concerned about a direct negative economic impact. Tourist arrivals from the UK remain strong, and the competitive advantage of Cyprus as an international business centre may even bring opportunities," Georgiades said, adding the Cyprus respects the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, while still regrets it.
According to the minister, Nicosia supports a new relationship between London and Brussels, which should be "as close as possible."
Because of its strategic geographical location, well-developed banking sector, simple and low taxation, and high quality of financial and business services, Cyprus, a member of the European Union and eurozone, is considered an important international business center. The nation's government is working to reduce the barriers for setting up business in Cyprus, as well as simplify business procedures for foreign citizens.