News Local Research Deputy Minister explains to MPs plan for digital transformation

Research Deputy Minister explains to MPs plan for digital transformation

Cyprus` Deputy Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy is looking towards a two-speed plan, separating the aim for digital transformation into small high speed and longer orientated projects, in order to ensure effectiveness, Deputy Minister Kyriacos Kokkinos said on Thursday.

Speaking at the parliament during the presentation of the first budget of his Deputy Ministry, Kokkinos said “we know where we want to go and know how we want to get there,” and requested the assistance of the House of Representatives in this direction.

The budget for 2021 provided for €97.7 million expenditure, with projected budgets of €101.5 million for 2022 and €101 million for 2023.

Elaborating on the plan, Kokkinos said there would be smaller projects at a lower cost which would positively affect the economy, while others would take longer to implement and were of a higher cost.

Kokkinos said a total of 164 state services had been noted for digitalisation and that most would be delivered within 18 months.

Referring to the larger projects, he said they would need two to five years to implement with a total budget of €236 million. These projects included among others, digital identity, e-justice, and projects for the company registrar and hospitals.

Asked about online schooling, Kokkinos said it was ready and noted two challenges regarding the necessary equipment and the reactions of teachers to the use of cameras. He noted that, although it was not a precondition, the study would be submitted to the Commissioner for Personal Data this week.

To questions regarding the 5G network, Kokkinos said licencing would be completed in January and infrastructure would begin being set up in 2021, with a demand for providers to cover 75% 5G by 2025.

(CNA)

Top Stories

6.5-million-euro-deal for school in Paphos

APS, on behalf of the Hellenic Bank reached an agreement with a consortium of Cypriot and foreign investors for the sale of school facilities...

59 COVID-19 patients being treated at Famagusta General Hospital

59 people positive to COVID-19 are currently being treated at the Famagusta General Hospital which operates as reference establishment, including three in the Increased...

Minor girls married to adults in Cyprus

The police are investigating cases of minors’ sexual abuse in violation of Law N° 91(I) of 2014 on Preventing and Combating the Sexual Abuse...

New online program to simplify procedures for gyms

Through a new digital system, the Cyprus Sports Organization will exercise strict control on all gyms both regarding applications, inspections and all necessary procedures. At...

Under lockdown, Limassol’s Black Friday this year is different – PHOTOS

Limassol which is almost under total coronavirus lockdown on Friday marked Black Friday in a different way with customers not seeing rushing in to...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...