Natasa Pilides moves on from shipping

In a government reshuffle, Natasa Pilides, Cyprus’s high profile first ever deputy shipping minster has been promoted to become minister of energy, trade and industry.

Pilides’s replacement is Vasilis Demetriades who previously had been working at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport.

Pilides became Cyprus’s first deputy minister for shipping two years ago, promoting the island as a diverse maritime hub to much acclaim.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. Real experts in tax evasion, Cyprus banks assets reached six times higher volume than the national economy. A few years ago,a general withdrawal of bank deposits was carried out by mandate of the government, disguised as a tax for Cypriot citizens necessary to cover the bankruptcy of banking sector.

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