Friday, 28 March 2014

Fikri Toros the new head of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce

New KTTO president Fikri Torus (L) with outgoing president Günay Çerkez

The Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce (KTTO) elected a new committee during its 51st AGM on Monday night. Fikri Toros is the new President, to be aided by two Vice-Presidents: Serhan Kombos and Vargın Varer. Aziz Limasollu, Mustafa Erk, Mustafa Genç, Salih Çeliker, Selen Necat, and Serhan Kaner form the remainder of the new committee.

Following his selection, Toros addressed the KTTO members: “The Chamber of Commerce is recognised internationally, and is the Turkish Cypriot community’s most effective and significant economic body; we have the added responsibility of ensuring all our ventures are successful”.

He outlined the aims of his term, explaining that KTTO would focus on “participation” and be “a locomotive” during this “period of evolution for Turkish Cypriot society”, especially in the area of external relations. Among the priorities were tourism and agriculture, which Toros described as two of the TRNC’s most important sectors, with neither yet to fully realise their potential. He concluded by thanking outgoing KTTO President Günay Çerkez and his team for their services.

Fikri Toros is a well-known businessman and regular commentator on Cyprus affairs. He heads up a large family business with his two brothers. Initially a textile company that was formed by their grandfather some forty-five years ago, the interests of the Toros group now span: white and electrical goods, lighting, furniture, property, and finance. They are also the TRNC distributor for some of the world’s leading brands including Philips and Whirlpool.

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