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Cyprus and UK sign MoU on digital collaboration

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Cyprus and the UK on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding to deepen collaboration in the development of digital government services

Online training focused on digital governance will take place in January 2021 and it will be coordinated by the UK Government Digital Service (GDS), in collaboration with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). The training will introduce participants to digital and agile ways of working in government and the principles of user-centred design.

“Digital transformation is key to fostering sustainable and inclusive economic growth and providing effective and efficient services to citizens and businesses,” a statement published by the deputy ministry of research, innovation and digital policy said.

The memorandum of understanding will facilitate greater sharing of knowledge, expertise and best practices to improve the design and delivery of quality digital public services and promote their wider use, build digital skills and capabilities of government officials and adopt open standards for government information, data and software.

“Through this very significant collaboration, we aspire to develop the agility required to accelerate our delivery capacity for digital services, maximise impact for society, support economic recovery and pave the way for sustainable development towards our journey for a new economic model,” the deputy minister of research, innovation and digital policy Kyriacos Kokkinos said.

“I would like to sincerely thank the UK government for their valuable support in our efforts towards fuelling our digital transformation through revalidating our ministry’s enterprise architecture, competencies and service delivery model, and, most importantly, empowering us to better serve our citizens and businesses.”

British High Commissioner Stephen Lillie, who signed the memorandum on behalf of the UK said the agreement affirms his country’s intention to support the government of Cyprus to deliver government services to citizens through digital channels, such as a single, comprehensive government website.

“The UK will provide consultation and advice on building digital skills and capability in the Cypriot government and the private sector, with a focus on delivering government services based on genuine user needs, fully accessible, easily used by all citizens, and be based on internationally recognised open standards,” Lillie said.

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