Matthew Kidd » High Commissioner to Cyprus

Junior Achievers – Young Enterprise competition award

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I had a new experience last week: invited to join the jury for Cyprus’ first participation in the international Junior Achievers – Young Enterprise competition. I was delighted to do so, because stimulating the spirit of enterprise in the next generation can make a big difference to Cyprus’ future prosperity and allow them to compete within the world business environment, in the way that so many renowned Cypriots do in … Read more »Junior Achievers – Young Enterprise competition award

Digital Competitiveness

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  The Conclusions of this week’s European Council may seem a long way away from the concerns of Cypriots in the cities and villages, worried at how to get through the current economic difficulties. But they contain some important decisions which can not only help  put Cyprus on the road to recovery now, but also help the whole EU to strengthen its ability to compete in what will be a … Read more »Digital Competitiveness

Not just diplomats who do diplomacy

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One of the pleasures of being an Ambassador or High Commissioner is that you get opportunities to support other people’s engagement in good causes.  This last week has offered me several such opportunities, all of them heartwarming, even – perhaps particularly – the ones focused on response to hardship or crisis.  I spent a day in Paphos, much of which was spent meeting people involved in volunteer effort.  I visited … Read more »Not just diplomats who do diplomacy

Property Problems

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Last month the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Defence of the Interests of British Property Owners in Cyprus held its first meeting, at the House of Commons. The Group was set up by Bill Cash MP and others, prompted by the accounts they had heard from constituents of their problems over buying property in Cyprus. About 30 people, purchasers, lawyers, MP’s and researchers met to share their information and … Read more »Property Problems

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

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November 25 was International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. It marked the start of a 16-day period of Days of Action leading up to International Human Rights Day on 10 December. We should use this period to reflect on how widespread violence against women is, and the effects it has, not just on the victims themselves, but on the whole communities in which they live. Violence against … Read more »International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Celebrating 20 Years of the Single Market

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Last week marked the twentieth anniversary of the establishment of the EU’s Single Market. It’s been around for so long that it’s easy to take it for granted, to assume that it’s a completed project. There may even be a temptation to think that it’s an old story, not relevant to the EU’s dilemmas in 2012. But I attended two events during the week that showed just how much there … Read more »Celebrating 20 Years of the Single Market

Hot Summer Nights

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Two very different hot Cypriot summer evenings this month have illustrated the variety in what the High Commission does here. First, I was present at the opening ceremony for Cyprus’ EU Presidency, held in the Roman theatre at Curium. It was a moment worth holding your breath for: the culmination of so many years’ work by so many people to bring Cyprus to the starting gate of its six months … Read more »Hot Summer Nights

The City to Cyprus

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A visit from the Lord Mayor of London is something a bit special. In effect, he represents the whole weight of the City of London, one of the world’s biggest financial centres. He makes it a practice to visit any country about to take on the EU Presidency, to explain the City’s perspective on whatever issues related to financial services the EU is currently discussing. So he was in Cyprus … Read more »The City to Cyprus

Going the extra mile

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There seemed to be hundreds of people in Athalassa Park on Saturday morning, all coming to lend their support to the Sport Relief Mile:  a joint effort by the Red Cross, the Nicosia Cycling Club and the High Commission that raised 3200 Euros to help disadvantaged children and other Red Cross projects. I was proud to see so many of the High Commission staff there, joining in with such energy.  … Read more »Going the extra mile