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Stakeholders To Address Employment Of Foreign Workers In Cyprus

In a pivotal meeting today, the Ministry of Labour in Cyprus convenes the inaugural session of the advisory tripartite committee to discuss the employment of foreign workers. This committee, chaired by Labour Minister Yiannis Panayiotou, will review data on work visa applications and address aspects of a three-point agreement established in April.

Key Issues on the Agenda

Trade unions are expected to raise concerns about the recent agreement with Egypt regarding Egyptian workers, citing a lack of consultation. Additionally, unions are advocating for a revision of the current foreign worker licensing strategy, which they argue lacks transparency due to the disbanding of advisory technical committees that previously reviewed foreign work permit applications.

Focus on Collaboration and Worker Welfare

The meeting will also address a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that aims to:

  • Enhance collaboration between social partners through a central advisory tripartite committee.
  • Improve living conditions for foreign workers by setting housing standards and monitoring compliance.
  • Update the existing strategy for employing third-country nationals to ensure a mutually agreed-upon framework.

This initiative underscores the Ministry of Labour’s commitment to addressing the needs and welfare of foreign workers while ensuring that the domestic labour market operates efficiently and transparently. As Cyprus continues to navigate the complexities of its labour market, this meeting marks a significant step towards more effective and equitable employment practices for foreign workers.

Digital Transactions: A Green Approach To Finance In Cyprus

As Cyprus increasingly embraces digital transactions, the environmental benefits of this shift are becoming evident. A recent report highlights that digital payments significantly reduce the carbon footprint associated with traditional banking operations. By decreasing the reliance on physical branches, paper-based processes, and the transportation of cash, digital transactions are contributing to a more sustainable financial ecosystem. This transition is in line with global initiatives to combat climate change and underscores Cyprus’ commitment to promoting a cleaner, more efficient financial landscape.

Digital transactions are not only more convenient and efficient but also significantly less resource-intensive. Traditional banking often involves extensive paperwork, the use of physical infrastructure, and the transportation of money, all of which contribute to higher carbon emissions. In contrast, digital transactions streamline these processes, resulting in lower energy consumption and reduced waste.

The environmental advantages of digital transactions are complemented by their economic benefits. By lowering operational costs and enhancing transaction speed and security, digital payments provide a compelling case for broader adoption. This shift supports sustainable development goals and aligns with the global push towards greener, more resilient economies.

Furthermore, the widespread adoption of digital transactions in Cyprus is expected to drive innovation within the financial sector. With the integration of advanced technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence, the digital financial landscape is set to become even more efficient and secure. These innovations not only enhance user experience but also contribute to environmental sustainability by further reducing the need for physical resources.

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