By strovoliotis on November 17, 2009

Τα ριάλια της λύσης.

Τον τελευταίο καιρό όποτε ανοίξω συζήτηση για το αγαπημένο μας πρόβλημα, κάποιος μου υπενθυμίζει ότι μεταξύ άλλων κακών, η λύση θα μας παττίσει, και καλό είναι να διαβάσω τις απόψεις του τέως Διοικητή της Κεντρικής Τράπεζας, (και πολλών άλλων) Χριστόδουλου Χριστοδούλου.

Το γεγονός είναι πως στη μετά τη λύση εποχή το βόρειο μέρος του νησιού θα χρειαστεί ούτως ή άλλως περισσότερες επενδύσεις, είτε διοικείται από τον Μεχμέτ Αλί Ταλάτ, είτε από τον Νικόλα Παπαδόπουλο. Άρα δεν αντιλαμβάνομαι γιατί να υπάρχει αντίρρηση στην μεταφορά πόρων σε εκείνο το μέρος, το οποίο κατά τεκμήριο είναι το πιο φτωχό μέρος της χώρας μας.

Ίσως αυτό που ξεχνούν κάποιοι είναι πως στη μετά τη λύση εποχή η Κύπρος θα ξαναγίνει ΜΙΑ χώρα. Και όπως όλες οι χώρες, σχεδιάζουν και φροντίζουν για μια συνολική ανάπτυξη.

Πέραν από τια απόψεις του κ. Χριστοδούλου, οι οποίες φαίνεται διαδίδονται στην Κυπριακή κοινωνία με πάρα πολλή μεθοδικότητα, ευτυχώς ακούμε και κάποιες πιο νούσιμες δηλώσεις.

Ο Αθανάσιος Ορφανίδης είναι ο τωρινός διοικητής της Κεντρικής Τράπεζας, και έχει αντικειμενικά πολύ μεγαλύτερη αποδοχή και εκτίμηση από τον προκάτοχό του.

Στην πιο κάτω συνέντευξη στο Reuters μιλά για πρώτη ίσως φορά για την οικονομία και την πολιτική.

Τώρα έχετε επιλογή: Ορφανίδης ή Χριστοδούλου;

INTERVIEW-Cyprus deal must safeguard united economy-CBank

Monday November 16, 2009 06:47:15 AM GMT


* Cyprus unification can give economy boost-

* Economic convergence could be "swift"

By Sakari Suoninen and Michele Kambas

NICOSIA, Nov 16 (Reuters) - The reunification of Cyprus could be a tremendous boon to the island's economy but any peace deal between now estranged Greek and Turkish Cypriots must avoid barriers, ECB Governing Council member Athanasios Orphanides said in an interview.
Cyprus, divided in a Turkish invasion after a brief Greek inspired coup in 1974, has been a member of the euro zone since 2008. Effective participation in the single currency area is confined to its south, run by Cyprus's internationally recognised government.
"I strongly believe that a unified economy gives tremendous growth potential for the island," Orphanides, governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus, told Reuters in an interview.
"It would greatly facilitate both the economic convergence that we could have -- I believe fairly rapidly -- after successful reunification. It would also create wealth that could be sorely needed in order to finance some of the aspects of reunification that we may face ahead."
They were the first public comments Orphanides has made on a slow-moving reunification process which started between Cyprus's Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides in September 2008.
Economic concerns were a crucial factor in the undoing of past Cyprus peace bids, though Cyprus's admission into the euro zone erases many of the problems, Orphanides said.
"Being in the European Union and even more so in the euro area eliminates many of these problems and areas of potential disagreement because we need to abide by the rules governing the single economy in which we now operate," he said.
A Greek Cypriot, Orphanides’s office is just kilometres away from a ceasefire line in the capital Nicosia patrolled by United Nations peacekeepers.
A large Turkish-Cypriot flag painted on a mountainside, visible from his office window, is a reminder of a conflict which is a source of tension between NATO allies Greece and Turkey and holding up Turkey's bid to join the European Union.
The government-controlled parts of Cyprus have seen buoyant growth in recent years, while northern Cyprus, an unrecognised breakaway state, has expanded much slower.
The south had gross domestic product of 17.3 billion Euros last year, while the northern economy is largely reliant on handouts from Ankara and had output of an estimated 2.5 billion Euros in 2008.
The north uses the new Turkish lira as its official currency, but the euro and pound sterling are also widely used.
"I believe we can achieve fairly rapid economic convergence, if in the context of reunification we avoid the trap of creating barriers that would unify the economy effectively.
"The fewer barriers we have in the context of a unified economy, the easier it will be to achieve a rapid convergence process and generate wealth for all citizens of the island," Orphanides said.
The last bid to unite Cyprus failed in 2004, when Greek Cypriots rejected a United Nations reunification blueprint accepted by the Turkish Cypriots.
Greek Cypriot concern at U.N. proposals of merging two disparate economies were high on their list of misgivings. Orphanides’s predecessor was a fierce critic of the U.N. blueprint.

(Editing by Patrick Graham

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