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Meetings with Cyprus Ambassadors of the EU In February, as it was decided by our Board, we started a series of meetings with Cyprus Ambassadors of the EU. Until the end of February, we had the opportunity to visit Ambassadors of Spain, Belgium, Sweden, France and Italy. The other Ambas- sadors will be visited. During our visits with Ambassadors, as Chamber of Industry, we tried to summarize the present situation as it is the beginning of 2006 and get ideas about Turkey and Cyprus in EU agenda. First of all, EU Commission promised to release Turkish soci- ety from isolations and supply the necessary improvements after 24 th April 2004 ref- erendum. In order to do these the financial aid that supposed to be given. Green Line Regulations that came into force after 1st May 2004 was an opportunity for both so- cieties to come together, thus, our great effort did not help to proceed any further and Turkish Cypriot society is far beyond to develop itself. According to us, development of North Cyprus will assist in solution of Cyprus prob- lem. In order to have development in North Cyprus and reach a solution there should be free movement of goods, service and money between North Cyprus and South Cyprus as well as North Cyprus and other EU countries. For this reason, without waiting a solution, vested right should be resolved. As you all know, Ankara Agree- ment modified again to practice the Customs Union between Turkey – EU and ex- panded to include new member countries. Thus, Turkey said the ports will not be open for ships with Cyprus flag until Turkish Cypriots released from isolations in Cy- prus. Abdullah Gül, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey advised that all restrictions should end at the same time and offered an Action Plan that fixes Cyprus Problem. It has win-win principal that develops trade and economics in East Mediterranean as well as offers new opportunities for the solution of Issue of Cyprus. In the year 2006, that we are in, EU requested Turkey to open the ports to South Cy- prus; however Turkish Cypriots still have the isolations on them. This is an unfair treatment and it is called double standardization. Because of this reason, Turkey‟s Action Plan should be considered by EU members and Customs Union should be modified. Before finalising that all restrictions on Cypriots should be released at a time. This will be an important step ahead for the Cyprus Problem. March seems to be a very busy month for our Chamber. On 2 nd March there will be a meeting with the Minister of Trade and the Minister of Economy and Tourism at Famagusta Palm Beach Hotel that members of the Chamber will have the opportu- nity to discuss the problems. It will be followed by a meal. In the first two weeks, our visits will continue to EU Countries Ambassadors. Again in March, we will have a trip to Moscow for the tourism fair period and a visit to the Chamber of Russia Industry and Trade Unions. We will also open Cyprus Handicraft Exhibition in Brussels at the end of March, which we have been planning that for a long time. In the next edition we will give you information about these and other activities. Ronald Schlicher, Cyprus Ambassador of the US visited Chamber of Industry: Schlicher: „Continue your struggle of economic development.‟ Ronald Schlicher, Cyprus Ambassador of the US said Turkish Cypriots should ignore political problems and continue struggling for the economic development. Schlicher believes that Turkish Cypriot businessmen have the capacity to fight for that. Ambas- sador Ronald Schlicher and his group met with Salih Tunar, President of the Cham- ber and the Board on 1st February at 10.30 for nearly an hour. During the meeting Salih Tunar made a speech and expressed his appreciations for visiting The Cham- ber of Industry as a first NGO in North Cyprus. Salih Tunar continued his talk by giving information about the structure of the Cham- ber, structure of Turkish Cypriot industry, and activities of the Chamber. Despite those he gave information about Green Line Regulations and economic relations with South. Ronald Schlicher, Ambassador of the US said he was thankful for the interest and the visit. He said Turkish businessmen should make effort to develop themselves; they should put Cyprus Problem aside and try to be successful, they have to have a better aim for the development of economy. Schlicher asked information about the relation between North and South. Related to that Board members take turn and explained the trade between North and South that it is not at the point expected and it goes very slow. They gave feedback to the Ambassador. Members of the Board said most of the Greek Cypriots do not want to do business with them. They also mentioned how the embargos prevent North Cyprus to have economic development. A Presentation from EDGE Program Authorities „A voice coming up from the market – Opportunities and threats that Turkish Cypriot working environment meets.‟ A presentation made on 31st January at Cyprus Turkish Chamber of Commerce which was called „A voice coming up from the market – Opportunities and threats that Turkish Cypriots working environment meets. It was made by EDGE, which is a Bear- ing Point Establishment that is funded by the US help organisation USAID, authori- ties. Kate Thompson, President of EDGE Program, Bulent Kanol and Kents Mcneil trans- ferred the results of the researches they made related to the program. In the begin- ning of the presentation, Thompson said they would present the ideas they collected from the working environment that they asked questions and had contacts with work- ing environment on developing TRNC Economy. He told that they met with busi- nessmen in South Cyprus as well in order to get idea about Turkish Cypriot working environment. Thompson said, in their researches they focused on tools of sale and marketing, in- creasing goods and service trade, necessity of common trade centre with South, kinds of support needed by the working sector. After Thompson‟s presentation, Kanol‟s and Mcneil‟s presentation sessions contin- ued by discussions and exchanging ideas with the participants. Beside this, all pres- entations were translated simultaneously from English to Turkish and Turkish to Eng- lish. The US Ambassador Roald Sclicher, USAID Authorities, CEOs of working envi- ronment and businessmen participated at the presentation. A Study on Joining Work Force in Cyprus Turkish Cypriots, who works in the South, are treated as 2nd class citizen Özay Mehmet, Professor of Economics at EMU made a study on Joining Work Force in Cyprus in a case of United Republic of Cyprus. After his research he said “this road will not take us to join work force.” 57.1% of Turkish Cypriots working in the South Cyprus are complaining that they do not have social security and they are treated as 2nd class citizen. A research called “Joining Work Force Markets: Workers in the South and Movement of Turkish Origin Workers in Cyprus” organised by The Management Centre of Medi- terranean (MC-Med) and East Mediterranean University (EMU) with the support of British High Commission. The result of the study announced at Cyprus Turkish Chamber of Commerce on 3rd February. In the research the movement of Turkish origin workers who work in Cyprus and Turkish Cypriots working in South Cyprus was analyzed. In the study the working conditions, rights, discomforts at work place, language problem and unequal treat- ment of workers were emphasized. The objective of the study was; what to do with the workers in a case of United Re- public of Cyprus and how to join work force in Cyprus. Dr Bülent Kanol, Director of MC-Med, made a speech and said this study is a con- tinuation of a project done in Wolfson College,Oxford-England, and MC-Med. He said in the whole of the study, the objectives were “Joining work force in Cyprus”, Contin- ual Tourism Development”, “Macro Economy” and “Green Line Regulations”. Robb Fenn, Vice British High Commissioner made a short speech. He said he appre- ciated the study. He would like to have a result of the study to see if it is going to help to solve Cyprus problem or not. EMU Economy Professor Özay Mehmet said TRNC both imports and exports work force, so it has an exceptional case. The most important effect on movement of work force is better payment. Mr Mehmet said in a case of joining work force both Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cyp- riots will be able to work wherever they want and they will get paid similar. In his study Mr Mehmet made a survey on 300 Turkish Cypriots working in the South.91% of them are male, 59.1% have been working in the South for more than 2 years and 43% work more than 20 miles away. In the study another topic was average monthly income. It was 648.47 CYP (net sal- ary) and the minimum was 220 CYP. Another point was social rights. 57.1% work without social security, 89% paid their own social insurance and 97% do not have any social right. They are complaining to be insulted The common complain was all the documents of workers are in Greek, so they do not know anything about their rights. And they are always insulted. It was emphasized that in a case of United Republic of Cyprus, Cypriots will have equal rights, but what about Turkish workers? They said Turkish workers should be saved as well. 57% Turkish Cypriots were complaining that they do not have any social security and treated as 2nd class citizen. In the research the movement of Turkish origin workers who work in Cyprus and Turkish Cypriots working in South Cyprus was analyzed. In the study the working conditions, rights, discomforts at work place, language problem and unequal treat- ment of workers were emphasized. The objective of the study was; what to do with the workers in a case of United Re- public of Cyprus and how to join work force in Cyprus. A Conference from British High Commissioner Millet: “After the solution North Cyprus can easily integrate in European Union” “Future of the EU is bright, so as yours. Looking forward to join us” Peter Millet, British High Commissioner, said EU will be involved in the solution proc- ess of Cyprus and he wished to have a solution which was discussed before. Millet said after the solution North Cyprus can easily integrate in EU and he gave the example of East and West Germany. Millet mentioned that EU is in transformation now. “EU should be modernized and it is doing it. It is becoming more helpful for citizens worries. EU is more focused on future rather than success of the past. Future seems bright and this future is yours as well. I look forward to see you with us” he said. Peter Millet gave a conference called “Future of Europe, Our Common Future” on 31st January at Chamber of Commerce. British High Commission and Chamber of Commerce organised the conference and Erdil Nami, President of Chamber of Commerce presented the conference. Raşit Pertev, Undersecretary of Presidency, Prof Halil Güven, Rector of EMU, some for- eign mission chiefs, representatives of NGOs and interested audience. British High Commissioner Peter Millet said EU‟s future is our common future and this has an importance for North Cyprus. “Why the future of EU is important in North Cyprus; it is important because the future of EU is your future as well. On 1st May 2004, one part of Cyprus became a member of EU and Cypriots became European. This situation is nice, but it is complicated and it makes us bored.” Millet talked about technical side of the EU and evaluated “Cyprus‟” present relations with EU. As it was decided EU Regulations were in doubt in North Cyprus. “One day in a near future, United Cyprus will become a full member of EU, so EU Regulations will be practiced then in Cyprus” he said. On that stage, there is no way out, so all the rules, right and responsibilities will be used in the whole island. “What will happen in EU is important for Turkish Cypriots” Millet underlined that until there is integration in Cyprus, what happens in EU and how EU will change are important for Turkish Cypriots. He said Turkish Cypriots should work hard to modify their systems to EU regulations. From today until integra- tion, this period is an opportunity to invest for future. When the differences between South and North disappear, the solution will be closer. Millet said EU will have development in economy and this will affect North Cyprus in a long run. In time when member countries get richer they will come to Cyprus for holiday. There will be changes for Turkey as well. This will be political, social and democratic changes. Turkey should do his homework during the discussions. One of these are recognition of “Republic of Cyprus” and this means solution of Cyprus problem. Future of EU is an important issue said British High Commissioner Millet and said: “As a conclusion, looking EU from here can be confusing and easy to have nervous breakdown, in fact EU is very complicated. EU is in transformation now. EU should be modernized and it is doing it. It is becoming more helpful for citizens worries. EU is more focused on future rather than success of the past. Future seems bright and this future is yours as well. I look forward to see you with us.” For years I heard the sentence starting with; „Europe is at a junction‟. There was a time that Europe was at a junction and EU organs have thought where to go. Later on they decided to go in an international way which is EU. Globalization “Globalization is not only an academic term; it is a real threat for Europeans” said Millet and it is also an alternative for people as well. The rate of production of Europe in America or cheap production in China, it is difficult in India to fight with alternative choices. Millet said comparative advantage of Europe in technology and science is going down. After he finished his speech, he answered the questions. Motivation of Enlargement and Employment New SME Policy of EU There are 23 million SMEs in Europe that has an important role in employment, en- trepreneurship and skills for modernism. Despite that, these institutes are the origins of economic and social harmonisation. Because of this, European Commission an- nounced a new SME policy on 10th November 2005, which will be more useful and integrated. Two main aims of Lisbon strategy “Enlargement” and “Employment” are playing a key role for European SMEs. 99% of European companies and 23 million SMEs offer employment for more than 75 million people. They are the important part of Europe economy and industry and they support and offer employment in the following sec- tors: Textile, construction, furniture. They support 80% employment in industrial pro- duction sector. The policy that came from the Commission is a new one, which works in all activities of EU and it supports SMEs and defends single idea. The new policy envisages SMEs to get benefit from the experiences and involve them in European Policies. Related to this objective, a special mechanism should be established to get regular advice from SMEs. European Commission suggests different actions on five fields which will be related to the new policy: 1. Motivation of developing entrepreneurship and occupational characteristics. In order to have better occupational characteristics, all related departments - especially companies- training programs and developing methodologies. Commission invited member countries to go over the expected changes on educational policies. 2. Simplifying reaching the market for SMEs. Commission is planning to do an attempt in order to motivate and make SMEs attend especially the coopera- tion on the border line regions and organizing business meetings for two. 3. Decrease the bureaucracy. As the Commission is evaluating the effects of the EU Regulations the size of the SME and the needs of SMEs will be taken into consideration. 4. Potential enlargement of SMEs. Commission will motivate SMEs to attend 7 th Border Program and will simplify it. Despite that, EU will support SMEs in or- der to get their property. 5. Making SME dialogue and consultancy mechanism stronger. An Education Seminar from British Council British Council organised a seminar on 6-7 February 2006, which was called „Being disabled, Job Safety and Health‟ to acknowledge and educate the society. The seminar was held at Major Conference Centre. Ivars Vanadzinski and Renars Lusis from Lithuania Riga University, Environment and Health Institute, presented the program of the seminar. During the seminar the following topics were discussed; regaining disabled workers back to working environment transferring experiences of EU countries EU regulations on working society and their health EU environment regulations Lithuania model of labour work Management styles and risk evaluation methods Evren Özbayraktar, Vice General Secretary of the Chamber of Industry attended the seminar. The session ended with the evaluation by asking and answering questions. Definition of E-Commerce and the Basic Tools Electronic commerce is the production, promotion, presentation, sale, and insurance, delivery, paying goods and services on web sites through computers. E-commerce is based on three levels as; Advertising and marketing research Orders and payment Delivery That one or all trade events take place on electronic environment. As Internet s spreading rapidly, e-commerce and trade becomes a new and very effective tool. E-commerce appeared as a product of free trade in the world during the last 10 years. It has simplified the data communication of technological development. Tools of the e-commerce are the technological products (telephone, fax, TV, com- puter, e-payment and money transfer systems, electronic data interchange „EDI‟ and Internet) that make trading transactions easier. EDI is electronic data interchange that works between two companies, which makes trade without any labour. They do it only through websites and they exchange docu- ments and knowledge. It is an important tool in e-commerce. According to e- commerce, it is accepted as the most effective tool and with new internet technolo- gies it sends voice, visuals and written documents rapidly, at once and more secure. The cost of e-commerce is much cheaper than others. In the past, e-commerce was used among businessmen to work by closed web sites. However it was secure, it costs very much. Nowadays we use internet, which is an open web site, it is more suitable for e-commerce. Through Internet, benefits of global web advantages will be seen by moving from closed structure to open one. This especially gives the opportunity to SMEs to take place in world trade. E-commerce is especially suitable for SMEs. E-commerce will help to increase op- tions of goods, have better quality and get paid and delivered quicker. Target consumers can be aware of the new products in the market from all around the world and invite new products to global market as well. Products have lower prices and higher quality will cause a competition and all trading activities will de- crease the production price. Producers and consumer, especially SMEs complain from traditional trade barriers, distance from the market, lack of knowledge, production not related to demand. E- commerce will help them positively. Thus, e-commerce cannot solve all trade prob- lems of the country. The countries with little information and no experience about e- commerce will not be able to use it properly. They will only use Internet to prepare an advertisement and marketing research until they learn necessary information. Source: Permanent Undersecretaryship of the External Trade Igemar Lindanl, Sweden‟s Ambassador of Cyprus visited our Chamber Sweden‟s Ambassador of Cyprus, Igemar Lindanl visited our Chamber on 16 th Feb- ruary. He met with the President Salih Tunar and the Board Members to get informa- tion about the studies. President Salih Tunar made a speech during the visit and talked about ABAD Deci- sions. He mentioned that after these decisions, the rate of import declined and the isolations are barriers for development of the North economy. President Tunar said after Greeks became EU member, they used this advantage as power. He supported the idea that, other EU countries should put a pressure on Greeks about the solution. Despite that, he mentioned about the limited trade with South and the endless discussions with the supermarkets in the South. Board Members explained the situation of paying high amounts for transportation because of isolations. Ambassador Igemar Lindanl said that his country supports the idea of starting the visits again and he wished solutions to happen soon. Three Chambers are going to do a common study Cyprus Turkish Chamber of Industry, Cyprus Turkish Chamber of Commerce and South Cyprus Chamber of Industry and Commerce decided to do a common study on Green Line Regulations in order to come over the difficulties. Salih Tunar, President of Cyprus Turkish Chamber of Industry, Erdil Nami, President of Cyprus Turkish Chamber of Commerce and Mahtos Mavromatis, President of South Cyprus Chamber of Industry and Commerce came together on 13 th February, Monday for lunch. They discussed the difficulties they had on Green Line Regulations when they are trading. They agreed to work together to improve trade between South and North. Ali Tigrel, Republic of Turkey‟s former Undersecretary of State Planning Organisation visited our Chamber Ali Tigrel, Republic of Turkey‟s former Undersecretary of State Planning Organisation and Director of TCI Consultancy Company visited our Chamber on 23 rd January and met with Salih Tunar, the President and Mustafa Gündüz, the General Secretary. During the visit, they discussed the relations between TRNC-TC. Ali Tigrel, who is carrying out the coordination between Turkey and EU, took some information about it from the parties. During the meeting, they especially discussed how they can make investment on energy. Colette Taquet, Ambassador of Belgium visited our Chamber Colette Taquet, Cyprus Ambassador of Belgium visited our Chamber on 9 th February and met wıth the President and some Board Members. Salih Tunar, President of the Chamber gave information to the guest Ambassador about recent improvements and the Chamber. President Salih Tunar emphasized the improvements happened after the referendum and Greeks entered the EU under the name of „Republic of Cyprus‟ and how excluded people from North felt about it. Salih Tunar explained how isolations prevent development of North Cyprus and told about the trade between North and South. Tunar talked about Abdullah Gul‟s, Turk- ish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice Prime Minister, proposals and said they were effective enough to start the discussions. He said „even some EU member countries have already supported these proposals.‟ Tunar thought if EU member countries put a pressure on South Cyprus, the discus- sionss will start again. Salih Tunar added that both societies‟ businessmen will play a great role for the solution. Chamber of Industry visited SME Centre A Committee of Chamber of Industry visited SME Centre with the Presidency of Salih Tunar. It was established by EDGE which was financed by United States‟ aid institute USAID, in order to do consultancy for all SME s. Salih Tunar, President of Chamber of Industry made a speech during the visit and he said they wanted to support SME Centre in order to increase competitive perform- ance and productivity and help SME s to establish new markets. Kate Thompson, the President of EDGE Program and the head of SME Centre Committee expressed his thanks to Chamber of Industry for their visit and said they have a good relation among themselves. Thompson said they want to work cooperatively with Chamber of Industry in the fu- ture as well. He believes that SME Centre has a very qualified working group and they will try their best to be successful. Thompson gave some information to the representatives of the Chamber about their working details and he said they are going to establish new committees about Tour- ism and other sectors starting from 1st of March. What an embargo! A punishment to a Russian Captain for „Passing through North Cy- prus port‟: 2 months in prison Some foreign representatives strongly support the idea that „Greek Cypriots do not put pressure on making embargos to North Cyprus. However, this is an example from Greeks: 2 months in prison to the Russian Captain who passed through North Cyprus port. A Russian Captain was arrested at Larnaca port because of carrying wheat to Fama- gusta port of North Cyprus a year ago. On 19th January 2005, the Russian Captain Viladimir Perevoznikov put „TRNC flag‟ on his ship and he entered Famagusta port. He was „black listed‟ that day by Greek Administration. He was punished after a year. The Captain of trading ship did not know anything as he was getting closer to Lar- naca port on 31st January 2006, but suddenly he was arrested. The Russian Captain had a court case on 10th February and he was sent to the prison for 2 months. Vladimir Perevoznikov, the Russian Captain was accused by „entering an illegal port‟. He defended himself and he said „he went to Famagusta port for trade reasons, to unload wheat. He did not know anything about illegality of the port.‟ Business entrerprises in the process of EU and cost approach Ayşe Sevinç GÜRÜNLÜ Turkish businessmen in Cyprus have been trying to survive by struggling for vari- ous external and internal problems for a long time, developped major achievements despite all legal and political obstacles, and physchological pressures. However, will the achieved accomplishments be enoguh for tomorrows conditions? The main objective of the business entreprises is the continuity in the economy. On the other hand, profitability is a fundamental tool for continuity. However, are we able to obtain profibility which provides continuity? Today's economies left economies which are closed to international trade behind and turned into competitive World Markets. Naturally, it will not be enough to follow up our competitors at their local environments in stead, trends in the global markets and our position will be more important. Costs at traditional approach is gathering production and service inputs in the frame of main costs. It is applied by determination of sales prices, adding on profit margin which in accordance with the market reality.The basic of this approach is that the cost determines the selling price. Cost at targeted approach is opposite of cost at traditional approach. Price deter- mination starts at market not in the product. Profit margin and cost margins are de- termined according to the price which is set by the market. This system has been used by the companies which competes in global markets especially in Japan since 1960. Companies consider the following issues while using this system; -customer segments -their competitive market price -price ranges based on their company strategies These comapnies should also monitor their costs by; - each deprtmant - process - employee. Activity based cost approaches; This system covers all resources of the company. This system is beneficial espe- cially for the companies that has high running cost. Managing the cost is an important tool to survive in the future. Effective Business Model must be transformed into a living style In order to build up cost management. This transformation should be continued, monitored and controlled. From now on, these entreprises should adopt management principles based on targets and perfor- mence. Naturally, this system will question the continuos productivity. Economies compromies of business entreprises. Business Entreprises are com- promised of Management systems and the systems are made of people. At the point of opening to external markets and on the way of EU, I hope to reach the days where we; -obtain competitive cost -set up quality process and standards -completed institutional processes “A Hidden Garden” in Kyrenia Harbour Gemyat Delta Marina Ltd. Some beauties are not in front of you, it‟s hidden. You should discover them. There is a beautiful investment in Kyrenia Harbour or in other words “a hidden garden”, Gemyat Delta Marina Ltd. They offer accommodation for yachts, every kind of repairment and service is given. Delta Marina was established in 1990 in Kyrenia Harbour on 9,000m2 rocks. It was rented from the government for 49 years. Two Turkish businessmen Ömer KÖKER and Ramazan GÜNDOĞDU are the share- holders of “GEMYAT DELTA MARINA Ltd.”. They established the company in TRNC without getting any aid or credit from the government. They finished it in 6 years and started to run in 1996. It can offer space for different size of 80 boats. In 2003, two piers were built. One is 90, other one is 30 meters. This gives opportunity to tie50/55 boats. Ministry of Transportation, Ports Department and Kyrenia Port Chairmanship de- manded space to tie the boats, so in 2004 they made the first swimming pier as 30 meters, and then in 2005 they made another swimming pier as 40 meters. They managed to have a space for 80 boats in the sea. By these they have space for 150 boats. The successful Manager of the Marina is Captain İlkin Kalıbcıoglu said “Despite those on our marina we have stocks as 30 meter long and can carry maximum 150 tones boat and other stock has a rail and can carry 100 tones. Usual customers are private yacht owners from Turkey and fishing boats. Captain said they are the only one o has a “travellift” to hold the boat in winter or take it to another place. İlkin Kalıbcıoglu explained the maintenance as follows: 24 hours petrol with same cost of a petrol station 24 hours guard/watchman Only guests of the tourist can enter the marina Maximum safety for the boats both in the sea and out of the sea. 24 hours open - Delta Café – all kinds of drink and food offered Spring water Generator/electricity Shower and WC Laundry (2-3 washing machine) Marina Shop(paint, polish, equipment for boats) 7 experienced workers (take care of the boats) Fax, telephone, Internet (available in the office) Car to hire Brochures of Cyprus (free of charge) Boat and yacht owners can have their boat repaired or if they want to do it they can buy/find the equipment from there. They are good at woodwork, painting and machine. They are also building new boats according to request. In winter there is a potential employment for 35-40 people and in summer this figure increases to 60-65 people. All social rights and taxes of the workers are given by the employer. The sea is always kept clean, so tourist love to watch fish in the sea. We are proud with the clearity of the sea. Last year for the first time Delta Marina joined the International Fair in South Nicosia by the organisation of Chamber of Industry. Every year Delta Marina shows hospitability for the yachts that come for East Medi- terranean Yacht Rally (EMYR) and supply them fuel. Last year Rally Committee sent 35 boats to Delta Marina and they did not charge any money from them for accom- modation and they left happily. So, this year they are organizing the 16 th Rally and 26 of the 72 are staying at Delta Marina starting on 17th May. On 18th May they organised another rally among themselves except EMYR. It was called “Levante Press Rally”. 12 American boats came to the marina for a week for that organisation “We support Gül‟s action plan” Abdullah Gül‟s, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice Prime Minister of Republic of Turkey, action plan which was about developing environment for mutual trust, and accepted as a support for solution of Cyprus problem, and given to Kofi Annan, EU General Secretary and declared to the press as 10 articles. It was analyzed and sup- ported by the Chamber of Industry. Chamber of Industry evaluated the Plan as an important component on the point reached about the Cyprus Problem. In the Plan, all restrictions were cancelled, there was a good timing for solution in Cyprus, and there was a plan of protest of Turkey, Greece, Turkish part of Cyprus and Greek part of Cyprus and they will have a meting. It was said as follows in the press release: „In the action of application of the plan, both sides in Cyprus will reach to EU norms. As it is known, Turkey signed an additional protocol in July that, including South Cy- prus in Customs Union, they requested to release embargos on North Cyprus at the same time with the new member countries of EU and open Turkish ports to South Cyprus. It is known that EU promised to release isolations after 24th April referendum, but it has not applied yet. The Plan includes expectations of Turkey and Greek side and it gives an opportunity to start UN discussions again. The explanations made showed that UN and EU Commission has been analysing Turkey‟s expanding carefully. We expect UN and EU will evaluate Turkey‟s Action Plan positively. We also hope South Cyprus Greek Administration will see the positive attitude of Turkish Cypriot Community in order to solve Cyprus Problem. This Action Plan was an optimistic step, which was taken to supply solution in Cy- prus, from Republic of Turkey and Turkish Cypriot Community. If Greek Cypriots re- fuse this again, they will miss their chances. After missing this opportunity, the bal- ance in East Mediterranean will collapse, economic profits will be cancelled and peace will be delayed to the following years. As an NGO, Cyprus Turkish Chamber of Industry is ready to explain this Action Plan to the related parties and will work for a continuous solution in Cyprus.‟ A Committee of Chamber of Mersin Trade and Industry visited our Chamber Chamber of Mersin Trade and Industry committee visited Chamber of Industry on 30th January with the Presidency of Kadri Şaman. They invited us to agriculture and industry fair which will be held 17-21 May, in Mersin. During the visit Kadri Şaman, President of Chamber of Mersin Trade and Industry, made a speech and mentioned that they have good relations with Cyprus Turkish Chamber of Industry for more than 4 years and he invited Chamber of Industry to agriculture and industry fair which will be held 17-21 May, in Mersin. Şaman said they have been trying to help the improvement of TRNC industry and trade and they would like to have better relations with TRNC. This year the fair in Mersin will be an international for the first time, so it has an im- portance and they need support from TRNC. At the fair they are going to display raw vegetables and fruits, agricultural products, machinery, organic agriculture, farming, health equipment for animals. Salih Tunar, President of Chamber of Industry expressed his appreciation for the visit of Chamber of Mersin Trade and Industry and he said Mersin has an important trade port which opens Middle East and Europe. Tunar said they have had good relations with Mersin for a long time and Chamber of Industry wants to improve regional fairs. He continued by mentioning that they have already supported many fairs in the region and they will join Mersin fair as well. He reminded that as Chamber of Industry they supported the Action Plan that Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Gul suggested. He said all the restrictions on TRNC should be released. Tunar said they are expecting positive step from South Cyprus Authori- ties. One of the issues which will be discussed with Chamber of Mersin Trade and Indus- try is to start travel between Mersin, Magosa and Lazkiye. Tunar said they have al- ready started to work on that and they will ask support from Chamber of Mersin Trade and Industry. He also emphasized that they will modify the fair in TRNC to an international one and they will ask help from the Chamber of Mersin Trade and Indus- try, too. Cyprus Turkish Chamber of Industry Evaluated Bird Flu: “Preventive measures were taken, no need to panic” “There is no risk to infect the disease from the animals with wings if they live in closed places.” Cyprus Turkish Chamber of Industry emphasized that all preventive measures were taken in order not to spread Bird Flu which is carried by immigrant water birds. Ex- perts from the EU took enough measures and told that there is no need to panic. Chamber of Industry published a press release on 3 rd February about Bird flu and said the disease spread from animal to animal, not from person to person. The immi- grant water birds travel and carry the virus and they can only spread it to other ani- mals with wings. People can get infected if they hold a sick or a dead animal. It can be cured in early days. “In the village called İncirli, a chicken and a turkey diagnosed as Bird Flu. All necessary operation has done in the village and all preventive measures were taken to decrease the risk of spreading to zero.” Cyprus Turkish Chamber of Industry congratulate the government for being clear, explaining the details and taking measures on time. The Chamber said no virus was detected in the closed areas and integrated foundations, because there is no contact with the immigrant water birds. People should feel free to buy and consume animals with wings and eggs from closed integrated foundations. “As a Chamber we believe that health is the most im- portant issue and all preventive measures were taken by the government. In this situation people got affected psychologically and they do not buy chicken or eggs. This gives negative effect to the sector individually and the economy in general. This is up to us. We can cook chicken and egg on high temperature and eat. WHO (World Health Organisation) recommends us to cook animals with wings on high tempera- ture. There is no risk to eat chicken or egg if it was cooked on 70‟C. No government wants people to suffer from any disease and neither is ours. Our advice to people is, continue your regular life.” Bird Flu is killing economy, not the people Bird Flu was found in a small region and all necessary precautions were taken in North Cyprus. It did not hurt anybody, but it caused a psychology that million dollar integrated institutes producing animal with wings had to destroy thousands of animals and eggs. This was a crisis for the economy. These animals are produced in firmly closed areas, but they have been killing them recently. Bird Flue becomes a psychological trauma and put factory owners into trou- ble. They had to fire some workers, because of lack of confidence. Nobody was affected from the virus and there was no illness like that was experi- enced at the hospital. Thus, sales of chicken were nearly stopped and economic loss was a huge amount. Producers said it is impossible for Bird Flu to reach the foundations in TRNC. There is a decrease of 80% in chicken consumption and this caused a crisis in the sector. In North Cyprus, everyday 35 tones of chicken and more than 100.000 of eggs were produced. Since there was news about Bird Flu and it stayed in the headlines for a long time, the production hit the floor. Producers said that it harmed them a lot. Producers said they are using the latest technology in the sector and they have bet- ter production farms than South Cyprus. They insisted that they produce healthily and they are welcoming people to see their production environment. Economic Dimension Rahmi Alemdar, Coordinator of Mustafa Hacı Ali Companies emphasized the eco- nomical side of the problem. He said: „Healthy and cheap white meat received a blow, however tourism and economy received a blow, too. Because when people at tourism decide about the cost of their hotels they take usual chicken and red meat price, but now red meat price has been doubled and chicken was left aside.‟ Rahmi Alemdar asked the society to become aware consumers and make their choices on the brands they trust. He said: „We have been producing chickens for more than 40 years and most of the people are consuming our products. Bird flu was an unlucky experience in Cyprus. Although everybody knows this, some people are still buying chicken and egg. Our chickens are very healthy, modern and produced at trustful foundation. Our system is closed and it is impossible for any other creature to go in. We detect every kind of component for example, from the water we use to the health of the worker, hygiene at the cutting place, state tests and they are all under control. Our products are checked by our staff, veterinary and food engineers.‟ Although Greek part of Cyprus has already gone into EU, they do not have estab- lishment of chicken as well as ours. Rahmi Alemdar said „Greeks accept that and they came to visit our foundations and they appreciated it. Even in European Coun- tries there is not any foundation like this. Boyacı: “Sector was multiplied with zero” Ozer Boyacı, President of the Board of Levent Companies Group, said the sector was multiplied by zero because of Bird flu. He said sale of chicken and egg decreased below to 20%. This problem can be solved by the government. He said if the government open hunting for two weeks, the problem will be solved. He said he was a hunter as well, but he does not want for himself. Boyaci said since the beginning of the news about Bird flu government did not sup- port the producers and main character of the issue is the government. He said this issue was exaggerated by opening hunting or not. Until they closed hunt- ing the figures decreased 10-15% and afterwards the sale of chicken decreased to 60-70% Ozer Boyacı said they killed a lot of chickens that give 14 thousand eggs and they bury them. Boyaci said we are throwing the eggs, 13 thousands already. It cost them 100 thou- sand dollars. And economical loss was too high.‟ Boyacı insisted that the Government made people to eat sick sheep. Cyprus Greek part has already destroyed those animals. There is no cure for Scrap (a virus in ani- mal‟s brain) and it can spread to people as well. He said: „This illness stays with peo- ple for a long time. Greek government has already collect and gave money to the bank; however in our side people are still eating those animals 70-80% of the sheep has this virus, but why doesn‟t the Ministry of Agriculture ex- plained this? In order to make people eat lamb... Soon all the animals will be infected. The price of lamb increased to 20YTL from 15YTL. Soon it will be 25YTL. It is very unhealthy meat and people pay a lot to buy it.‟ Kızılduman: “Chicken can be consumed safely” İpek Kızılduman, Manager of Çelebi Farms said it is impossible for any creature to go in the foundations. The sales have gone down because of Bird flu and they are cutting and keeping the animals in deep freezes. She said she cannot think about 90% educated population society do not eat chicken which brought up in an inte- grated foundation. They have eleven cages for production and they cut 5-6 tones every day. They even drink spring water which is hided under the foundation. The vehicles are washed in hygiene pools when they enter the farm. Production is closed as integrated system. Their cutting places are suitable for EU standards. Six months ago they got ISO and three months ago TSE certificates were taken. There is no risk to have Bird Flu in the foundation because it is an integrated estab- lishment.
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