The Cabinet on Wednesday approved the action plan Digital Strategy Cyprus to usher in the age of e-government.
The objectives of the plan are to modernise the public sector to operate without paper, simplify processes and save costs and to provide citizens and businesses with a more friendly environment when it comes to red-tape.
It is also designed to help small businesses with information and communication technologies and the promotion of e-commerce. The plan involves the full computerisation of hospitals and health centers, and the education sector.
It also foresees the development of fiber optic network to government premises with much higher speeds. It involves the computerisation of all municipalities, and the mass training of the “digitally illiterate”.
Around 75 per cent of the total cost of the changes come from EU funds, a statement from the Cabinet said. The plan covers a three year period from 2015 to 2017 and is part of a wider
reactivation and restructuring the economy and the creation of new jobs, the statement said.
The Cabinet itself became ‘paperless’ earlier this year.