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Author: Sergey Babayan

CYPRUS as a principal headquartering destination

The list of large companies that have relocated their headquarters or part of their international operations to Cyprus is not only long but also impressive.

Wargaming, Amdocs, Sykes, Thomson Reuters, Nielsen, 3CX, eToro, NCR, VTTI are amongst some of the major foreign companies that have established their headquarters in Cyprus in recent years.

These companies are essentially operating in different sectors of the economy, and their presence in Cyprus has undoubtedly helped the Cypriot economy on a large scale.

Despite the difficulties faced by Cyprus over the past few years, it is significant to note that it has managed to maintain its comparative advantage as a financial centre, whilst at the same time move forward with the development of new sectors, recognizing the great importance of attracting foreign investment for the advancing of the economy.

Cyprus has several features that make it a competitive business hub.
Primarily the country has an extensive network of constantly expanding double tax avoidance agreements, as well as an appealing tax system.
At the same time, Cyprus offers high-quality and low-cost support services, with an additional advantage of its geographical location and the fact that it offers access to developed markets in the Middle East and Europe.
Simultaneously, Cyprus offers high quality of life, security, pleasant weather conditions, appealing tax incentives for fund managers and suitably qualified human resources.

Given these facts, it is no coincidence that leading overseas companies looking for an alternative destination with a friendly business environment have chosen Cyprus to establish their headquarters.
The shipping industry, the investment industry, the funding industry, the higher education industry and the high-tech sectors are the main areas attracting foreign companies.

Particularly for companies operating in the field of technology and IT, Cyprus offers additional incentives, such as, the country’s current intellectual property system. All these factors answer reason why large international companies have chosen and continue to choose Cyprus for establishing a corporate base. Nonetheless, in order to be able to meet the challenges of tomorrow and to effectively be competitive, it is crucial
to continue working to generate additional conditions that will further contribute to making Cyprus a distinct competitive business centre.
In this regard, both the private sector and the government need to work together to endorse more promotional activities such as organising large conferences in Cyprus and abroad in order to highlight the incentives and the comparative advantages offered by Cyprus. The participation of Cyprus in international financial forums as well as the formation of targeted contact with foreign companies should be the aim of promoting Cyprus as the ideal choice for founding a base for their business.

In order to continue the upward trend in this international competitive environment, the confrontation of the bureaucracy that continues to afflict businesses and citizens must be addressed. Additionally, the strengthening
of economic diplomatic ties in line with the expanding network of mbassies and consulates of Cyprus abroad is crucial. In addition, the digital transformation of the government, the addressing of the long delay in administration of justice and the passing of the investment law, are just some of the stages needed to propel development in a favourable complimentary direction.

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legal and financial services Prospectacy can assist on moving your headquarters in Cyprus,
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Written by Sergey Babayan