Cyprus Trade Associations
Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI)
The Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry was founded in 1927 and in 1963, a new structure was adopted, which remains in operation to date, under the name of: “Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry”. The CCCI is the federation of the local Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CCIs) which operate in Nicosia, Limassol, Famagusta, Larnaca and Paphos. The local CCIs have a geographical coverage of their respective districts.
The membership of the CCCI exceeds 8,000 enterprises from the whole spectrum of business activity. Affiliated to it are more than 140 Professional Associations from the trade, industry and services sectors.The Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a private corporate body functioning under special law and is financially independent, free of any influence by the state. The Chamber is funded by its members’ subscription fees and through income generated from a number of services it provides.The CCCI is the union of Cypriot businessmen, the interests of whom it promotes by submitting to the government and the Parliament the members’ positions on matters in which they are involved, while, through its participation in tripartite bodies and committees, it conveys and promotes the views of the business community.
Cyprus Fashion Designers Association
The CyFDA wad formed in August 2007 and officially registered as a progessional non-profit association in April 2008.
It is the intention of the CyFDA to provide a platform from which to promote, nurture and support fashion designers and apparel professionals working in the industry today. Creating and maximising opportunities to improve communication, network, share expertise, meet challenges and establish collaborations in order to promote fashion and fashion designers both on an international and national front.
The CyFDA actively seeks to enhance existing and create new international connections and provide exposure through a variety of events – including Cyprus Fashion Week and other professional industry events. In addition, encouraging talent and the revival of the manufacturing industry in Cyprus and Europe is a key goal.
Cyprus International Business Association (CIBA)
The Cyprus International Businesses Association was established on 31 December 1992, following the initiative of a number of businessmen, who had answered the calls of the siren to move their international activities to Cyprus and to enjoy an interesting package which included the Mediterranean climate, the relaxed atmosphere, the easy immigration policies and the interesting tax regime. By then several hundreds of companies with foreign shareholders had opened fully fledged offices, without however being able to rely on the support of any association to safeguard and/or protect their interests.
CIBA is a non-governmental independent association, financed by membership fees only. Its daily activities and initiatives are organised and carried out by its General Secretary and an Executive Committee of maximum 12 persons of which 8 necessarily have to emerge from member companies. The office and administration are managed by an Assistant General Secretary. The members of the Executive Committee are volunteers and do not receive any compensation for their time, efforts, transportation or telephone expenses. The executive committee is elected by the members and meets once a month.