THE Cabinet on Wednesday approved an action plan for its e-government ambitions as part of a public sector reform, making a total of 87 services available online by 2017, Undersecretary to the President Constantinos Petrides said.
Although the first major step was in September 2014 where through the online platform Ariadni, 41 electronic services were made available to the public, Wednesday’s Cabinet decision set in motion another 46 services which will be provided in the course of the next two years.
They include online payments and applications, allowing members of the public to see at which stage their application may be and get information as to what services are available to them.
Specifically, 18 of them will be available in 2016 and the remaining 28 in 2017.
They were selected in a bid to reduce red tape, and to be useful to members of the public and businesses. Most of the services are offered by the tax department and social insurance.
The move will also help Cyprus go up in the ranks on the World Bank Digital Agenda Scoreboard, Petrides said.
Petrides called on the public to sign up to Ariadni – something they would only need to do once.
Some of the current services available include issuing certificates confirming benefits to pensioners with low income, tax details and registering for tax payment.
Asked on internet coverage across Cyprus Petrides said “coverage is quite adequate in Cyprus in comparison to other European countries. As far as wi-fi is concerned we may look into this in the future.”
The government had in the past said it would look to Estonia as an example for its e-government service.