Historical Background - Introduction

The Cyprus-Lebanon Business and Professional Association was established in 1999 and was reactivated in June 2005. It is in strong collaboration with the public and private sector and functions in association with the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry in order to promote and strengthen trade between Cyprus and Lebanon and to support the businesses that might benefit from a stronger and more organised economic collaboration between the two markets, especially now that Cyprus is a member of the European Union.

 

The Association is supported in its efforts to promote trade between the two countries by the Embassy of Lebanon in Cyprus, the Cypriot Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Tourism, the Cypriot Ministry of Finance, and other governmental and private institutions in Cyprus.

 

The role and activities of the Association can be divided in two distinct levels of operation:

 

(A)   On a national/international level:

(1)  To establish an interaction on an economic as well as social level between Cypriot and Lebanese business people and professionals.

(2)  To further enhance and reinforce commercial and economic relationships between Cyprus and Lebanon.

(3)  To offer members access to the Cyprus and Lebanese Chambers of Commerce and Industry and their exhaustive network and database of business contacts in order to allow them to interact, trade and form strong bonds, and consolidate their activities between themselves and their counterparts abroad.

 

(B)   On an individual level:

(1)  To inform Cypriot and Lebanese business people of the availability of resources that will help them locate products, services, business partners, and to be advised as to how best to introduce and promote their companies in the markets of both countries and the wider market of the European Union.

(2)  To encourage "networking" for the promotion and stimulation of business relations and investments in the two countries. (i.e. through seminars, exhibitions, trade fairs etc).

(3)  To present members’ views to the government and other related bodies and authorities.

 

Means to achieve the above goals:

(1)  This will be primarily achieved through the registration of a large number of local members to the Association. The major incentive for a business or a professional body to become a member should be the guarantee that his line of business will be promoted directly through the Association and its activities. In addition, members will benefit from direct and practical access to potential business opportunities.

(2)  In association with the Cyprus Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the Association should also provide for its members a further database of contacts that are likely to be useful to them.

(3)  Through the creation of a website linked to the website of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce & Industry. This will facilitate communication between our members and Lebanese business people seeking to do business in Cyprus and at the same time will provide access to an extensive network of business contacts.