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A Cyprus settlement could spur the development of offshore resources, infrastructure projects in roads and ports, growth in tourism and services, overall diversification of the economy, and the establishment of the island as a hub for international business in a dynamic, but turbulent, region. This event will convene a catalytic gathering of key leaders from the region, high-level US and European officials, and private-sector stakeholders to galvanize international support for a reunified Cyprus and lay the groundwork for lasting peace and growing prosperity in the region.

Amid a climate of cautious optimism for a Cyprus settlement, the island’s social, environmental, and economic development must be raised as key post-conflict priorities. Cyprus could become Europe’s fastest-growing economy due to its strategic commercial, demographic, and geographic position, the nation must capitalize on these assets by promoting good governance and encouraging private sector investment for future growth. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a framework in which decision-makers can shape and implement an agenda to maximize Cypriot potential. Collaboration across sectors and industries will be vital to stimulate sustainable economic development, support national security, and foster regional stability.

Participants will construct a set of recommendations for policy-makers and business leaders to advance priorities such as peace, trade, investment, energy, and infrastructure. These recommendations will later be presented and discussed by a panel of leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, who will examine the challenges to and opportunities for their implementation.



3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Registration

3:30 – 3:40 p.m.  Welcome Remarks

  •                            Amb. Victoria Nuland, Former Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, US Department of State


3:40 – 3:50 p.m.  Scene-Setter

  •                            John Harkrider, Executive Director, One Cyprus Now
  •                            Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President, Programs & Strategy, Atlantic Council


3:50 – 4:50 p.m.  Laying the Groundwork for a Prosperous Unified Cyprus

  •                            Jonathan R. Cohen, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyprus, Greece, and Turkey, US Department of State
  •                            Minister Espen Barth Eide, Special Adviser of the Secretary General on Cyprus, United Nations
  •                            Amb. Andreas Mavroyiannis, Negotiator of the Greek Cypriot Community
  •                            Sara Stefanini, Senior Policy Reporter, POLITICO (Moderator)


  • 4:50 – 5:00 p.m.  Coffee Break


5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Getting to Growth: New Models for Development on a Unified Cyprus

  •                            David Bonanno, Managing Director, Third Point LLC
  •                            Dr. Rachel van Elkan, Adviser, European Department; Mission Chief for Cyprus and Switzerland, International Monetary Fund
  •                            John Harkrider, Executive Director, One Cyprus Now
                               Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President, Programs and Strategy, Atlantic Council (Moderator)


6:00 p.m.            Closing Remarks

                           Regina Sheridan, Executive Director, Concordia


For more information, please contact Concordia’s Director of Programming, Donniell Silva at dsilva@concordia.net.


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