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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-10-25

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    Commonwealth Secretary-General Donald McKinnon will visit Cyprus, ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Uganda from 23 to 25 November 2007.

    The summit will bring together leaders from a quarter of the worlds nations, representing one-third of the worlds population.

    McKinnon arrives on the island on Sunday, 28 October, and will meet on the same day the High Commissioners of Australia, India and the United Kingdom. He will also attend a dinner given in his honour by Cypriot Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou Marcoullis.

    On Monday, McKinnon will call on the President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos and an hour later he will meet Marcoullis at the Foreign Ministry. The two will make statements to the press after their meeting and McKinnon will return to the Presidential Palace to attend a lunch given in his honour by President Papadopoulos.

    The Commonwealth Secretary-General departs from Cyprus for London on Monday afternoon.


    The product of undeclared work in 2003 in Cyprus accounted for 4.2 per cent of the countrys Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to the latest figures released in Brussels by the Eurobarometer, which also note that these figures are probably higher today because of illegal immigration. On the basis of the 2006 GDP, which was 8,380 million pounds, the 4.2 per cent represents 350 m., of which a substantial amount would have been channeled to pension funds and government coffers.

    According to Eurobarometer, the main cause of undeclared work in Cyprus lies in low salaries and absence of effective control by the authorities. The survey said that only 2 per cent of Cypriots have said they worked in the past 12 months without declaring it and 35 per cent have said they knew somebody who has worked without declaring it.

    Illegal immigrants are the most susceptible group to undeclared work, followed by the unemployed and persons providing free lance work. Low salaries, absence of control by the authorities and high contributions to the state are the main reasons that people do not declare their work, the survey said.

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