Transport Minister calls for intensification of digital transformation efforts

Transport Minister Vassiliki Anastassiadou has called on the public sector, local authorities and the private sector to intensify their digital transformation efforts.

Cyprus currently is ranked 21st among the 28 countries of the EU on the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) announced on 18 May by the European Commission. Although Cyprus is among the countries that have recorded the greatest progress during the last four years, along with Ireland and Spain, it is still among the low – ranking countries.

Addressing a meeting of stakeholders in the electronic communications market, organised by the Office of Electronic Communications and Postal Regulations, Anastasiadou expressed regret over Cyprus’ position.

The Ministry of Transport will intensify its efforts to promote the digital transformation of Cyprus and improve Cyprus position on the index she noted.

Anastasiadou stressed that implementing the legislation on ultra-fast broadband networks, that is included in the Directive on the European Electronic Communications Code, expected to be agreed before the end of June, is of primary importance.

She added that as a member � state of the EU located in the periphery, Cyprus considers digital single market measures particularly important, as digital technologies allow both companies and employees to enjoy the same benefits as Europe.

The use of technology, information and communication in all the vital sectors of the economy of Cyprus is of the highest importance the Minister said.

The Government, she added, constantly develops new electronic services and improves existing ones. According to the Minister, the eGovernment Council has approved projects worth over Euros 200 mn for the next three years.

The new Digital Action Plan for 2018-20 is currently under preparation, she said.

Source: Cyprus News Agency