The Cyprus Government is hoping to give its citizens the potential to have online access to public digital services and government services as of 2022 through a Portal (gov.cy). The construction and setup of the site are now being endorsed by the Deputy Ministry of Research, Innovation, and Digital Policy.
Speaking at a press conference on Monday regarding the work of the Deputy Ministry during 2020-21, and for the presentation of the planned main policies and actions, Deputy Minister of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy, Kyriakos Kokkinos, said that “our aim is to have public sector services all on one site by 2022 and to offer an easy and quick search navigational system. I am absolutely convinced that we will do it".
Kokkinos noted that a Portal is being set up in cooperation with the UK Government Digital Services, adding that an inter-state agreement for the provision of advisory services amounting to €1.5 million was reached to this end and that gov.cy will operate in the same way as gov.uk in the UK.
The Deputy Minister said that a total of 214 services will be included in the Portal, adding that the Digital Services Department, which is the team responsible for the Portal, is currently being trained by UK experts.
Kokkinos also said that digital IDs and digital signatures are being encouraged and citizens will be able to store and use personal certificates, such as their ID, passport and birth certificate, on their mobile phones in digital format.