By Trevor Hughes……
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Dr. Süleyman Erol, who successfully carried out the General Manager duty for more than 10 years, handed over the mandate to Mazher Zaheer.
According to the statement made by Creditwest Bank, Mazher Zaheer began his banking career in 1997 as a Treasury and Foreign Operations specialist at Creditwest Bank, and since 2008, he has held different roles as Deputy General Manager responsible for Treasury and International Banking, Marketing, IT and Subsidiaries.
Since 2006, Dr. Süleyman Erol has been serving as executive manager at Altınbaş Holding and after 10 years as General Manager of Creditwest Bank, he will continue his career as Altınbaş Holding Finance Group President and will be responsible for all finance investments of the Holding in Ukraine, Turkey and Cyprus.
Mazher Zaheer was born in Pakistan in 1975 and after his graduation from the International Business Department of the American University of International Studies in 1996, he completed his master’s degree in the Department of Banking and Finance at Girne American University in 1998. Mazher Zaheer began his career in Creditwest Bank under the umbrella of Altınbaş Holding in 1997 as a Treasury and Foreign Operations specialist and as a result of his success, in 2008 he was appointed as Deputy General Manager of Treasury and Foreign Operations. Mazher Zaheer has more than 15 years of experience in treasury, foreign operations and capital markets and has served as Deputy General Manager in different departments of the bank.
Commenting on the subject, Mazher Zaheer stated that Creditwest Bank is an institution that always invests in its employees and leads them in their career paths. Zaheer also underlined the positive effects of having specialized and educated employees and being an innovative, open-minded and pragmatic bank with the largest capital amongst private banks in Cyprus.
He added that their core energy source consists of the determination and creativity of the employees who work consciously, honestly and patiently while investing in human resources and technologies and who do not give up their ultimate goal of superior quality and are eager to improve.
As a co-founder of expat banking, he reiterated the clear importance of expat banking for Creditwest Bank with the aim of continuing to welcome more expat clients and further enhance the products on offer. Also, with a growing number of dedicated associates and expat banking branches located throughout Northern Cyprus, Creditwest continues to improve and tailor its services to support the needs of current customers and welcome new clients choosing to base themselves in the TRNC.
Mazher Zaheer also stated that the bank’s experience and knowledge of their customers’ needs and expectations are unrivalled. This allows them to identify solutions and develop fast, efficient and high quality products and services within a growing distribution network. Creditwest can draw upon new partnership arrangements with other local businesses to provide a more complete and diverse service to its customers. Whilst the bank continues to develop and innovate to sustain profitability in a highly competitive market, ethics, social responsibility and customer satisfaction remains at the very heart of Creditwest Bank’s mission.
We have received the following message from The British High Commission in Nicosia, who have asked cyprusscene.com to publish this news for our readership..
I thought it might be helpful to provide an update on recent developments linked to the UK’s future departure from the European Union, now that formal negotiations have begun.
As I travel around the island meeting British residents here – most recently in Paralimni in May and in Pafos earlier this month – I know you have a range of concerns about what Brexit will mean for you. Until negotiations progress further, we are unlikely to have all the answers to those concerns but I hope it’s helpful for me to set out what we know so far; and for those unable to attend recent meetings to hear the kinds of concerns that were raised by others.
On 26 June, the Prime Minister announced in parliament details of the UK’s opening offer in the negotiations on the rights of EU citizens in the UK post-Brexit. This is an important development as the expectation is that whatever is finally agreed will also apply reciprocally to British nationals resident in other EU countries, such as Cyprus.
The core elements of the offer are as follows:
The UK hopes that by setting out its offer in this way, it is demonstrating its willingness to work positively and productively with its European partners. Full details of the offer can be found by clicking here.
As you will see, the UK offer includes many of the issues (healthcare, pensions, education and benefits) of concern to UK nationals in Cyprus, as well as Cypriots in the UK.
The next step will be for the UK and the EU27 to start formal negotiations on these opening positions on citizens’ rights, and the other priority issues for the negotiations agreed on 19 June, namely: the budget and the border with Ireland. Once we have made sufficient progress on those issues, the negotiations will turn to the UK’s future relationship with the EU. The UK’s outline plan is to move to those “future” issues by October 2017.
During my recent meeting with British nationals living in the Pafos area, I stressed that, while any negotiations are difficult, we start at a point where there is quite a lot of common ground between the UK and EU27 in at least two of the three priorities for the negotiations. This is positive.
The Cypriot government have also been supportive to date, reflecting the excellent relations between our countries. I am reassured that Cyprus wants to make Brexit work, and the authorities are alive to the implications of it for British nationals here. The intention of both our countries is to keep the process of negotiation well intentioned, positive and productive.
I also noted at the meeting in Pafos that the exit process is likely to be complex, as apart from the main Brexit negotiations, there are at least 1000 other agreements covering trade, health, air service and taxation and other fields which will need to be negotiated with other countries.
As stated previously, a period of uncertainty is inevitable as we agree the changes from one state of affairs to another. Until negotiations are concluded, it will not be possible to say with certainty what the impact of Brexit will be on British citizens living in Cyprus, or indeed Cypriots living in the UK. But until new arrangements are agreed, I expect there will be no changes to your current circumstances.
On issues of importance to you such as access to health care and pensions, I hope the position paper above will at least begin to show you the direction of travel of the negotiations.
The information below may also be useful to you, in light of the type of enquiries we are currently receiving:
We will continue to make as much information available as we can, as the negotiating process goes forward. British nationals in Cyprus can keep up to date with the work of the High Commission through:
I will also continue to engage with British nationals around the island on your concerns, with forthcoming open meetings with residents planned in Larnaca, Limassol and elsewhere in the autumn. Please follow us on social media for further details in due course.
Calling all men!!
Please note that the Mens’ Breakfast Meeting has been put
on hold during the hot season!
It will restart when the weather cools down little.
In the meantime enjoy the summer!
All men are welcome to enjoy just a coffee or a full breakfast (English, Turkish, American from the most extensive breakfast menu in Kyrenia) while having the opportunity to discuss or question any aspect of the Christian faith – or just to listen.
Uncle Sam’s can be found on the Girne-Belapais road opposite Starlings supermarket. Turn at the Belapais traffic lights and it is a few hundred yards on the left.
Don’t miss your chance to get a word in on the first Tuesday each month (except August).
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By Chris Elliott………
With all eyes in Cyprus turning towards what may be the final meeting between the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot administrations when they meet in Crans-Montana in Switzerland, we have received a request from the British High Commission to share the following short video message with our world-wide readers.
In this video British High Commissioner Matthew Kidd speaks to British nationals in Cyprus about the ongoing commitment by Her Majesty’s Government to help find a settlement to the Cyprus problem.
He also talks about Brexit and the negotiations with Cyprus about EU citizens including British expatriates living in Cyprus and finally the commitment to strengthen all bilateral strands between Cyprus and the United Kingdom.
The Kervansaray Public Beach which belongs to the Municipality of Girne is a popular leisure area to be enjoyed by the public.
Kervansaray Public Beach activity has been started by the Girne Municipality. Food and beverages are sold on the beach where disabled citizens are also considered and catered for.
Kervansaray Public Beach, has private beach standards, pets are welcome provided the owners observe cleanliness and order. The beach has conservation control measures, with lifeguard and rescue equipment and a lifeguard tower. It has a private swimming area separated by buoys for the safety of citizens using the swimming area.
Disabled individuals are not forgotten.
The beach has parking for the handicapped, a path to the sea and a private area on the beach. In addition to showers for disabled people, there is also access to restaurants, toilets and showers. Disabled people are not charged on entry.
Girne Mayor, Nidai Güngördü, said that the Kervansaray Public Beach is open for the use of people from all walks of life. He also stated consideration has been given to disabled people to be able to participate in every aspect of life and stated that arrangements had been made at Kervansaray Public Beach for disabled people to be able to get to the sea.
Nidai Güngördü noted that other projects to be carried out would also receive thought and consideration in respect of disabled people.