The Cyprus Employers & Industrialists Federation (OEB) received today at a restaurant in Nicosia, the President of the Republic, Mr. Nicos Anastassiades, to whom the Chairman of OEB, Mr. Antonis Antoniou, presented an honorary plaque for his contribution to the country during his 10-year term as President of the Republic.
In his address, the Chairman of OEB Mr. Antonis Antoniou stated the following:
“First of all, I would like to thank you for accepting the invitation of OEB’s Executive Committee to join today’s lunch, on the occasion of the completion of your term.
Above all, it is my duty to thank you on behalf of the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors and all the Members of the Employers & Industrialists Federation for your invaluable contribution to our country during your ten-year term in the highest office of the state.
During your own tenure, you had to face the worst and biggest crises in our country (with the exception of the coup and the Turkish invasion of 1974), which you managed to manage successfully. Through all these difficult years, OEB’s close cooperation with you has, I believe, contributed decisively to the quick exit from the crises and to the general economic stability of the country.
Today for this priceless offer of yours and also for the excellent cooperation we had, on behalf of our Board of Directors I humbly present you with this commemorative plaque and wish you all the best and good health for the future. I am sure that your knowledge and experiences will be utilized by the state and I have no doubt that you will be happy to offer them whenever you are called to do so”.
The President of the Republic thanked OEB for its kind cooperation and its valuable contribution in dealing with all the crises and challenges that the Government was asked to manage during these ten difficult years, and emphasized that without the contribution of the business community and OEB, the reconstruction of the country would be difficult to realize.