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Deputy Ministry for Research, Innovation and Digital Policy Aims To Bring State Services To A Mobile Screen

Deputy Ministry for Research, Innovation and Digital Policy Aims To Bring State Services To A Mobile Screen

The Deputy Ministry for Research, Innovation and Digital Policy aims to bring the state and state services to a mobile phone screen or a computer monitor.

“We are only at the beginning, we have a huge amount of work before us but with confidence and the experience we’ve gained the effort will be easier,” Deputy Minister Kyriacos Kokkinos has said on Monday, when briefing the parliamentary committee on Finance and Budgetary Affairs on the Deputy Ministry's €118-million budget for 2022.

Kokkinos said that the Deputy Ministry has a key role in tackling the COVID-19 crisis: 1.2 million digital COVID-19 certificates have been issued, the vaccination portal had processed more than 600,000 appointments, the call centre answered over 3,000 calls per day, while Cyprus flight pass uses exceeded 2.3 million.

During the pandemic, the Deputy Ministry, in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, had also went ahead with digitizing the Social Insurance Services, finally putting an end to long queues (566,000 payments were digitally processed with payments over €1,2 billion in nine months).

According to Kokkinos, the majority of state allowances will be processed digitally by the end of 2022. By the end of the year, the allowances for sick leave, unemployment, motherhood, widows and pension will be submitted digitally, while the allowances for labour, funeral, fatherhood, thalassaemia, orphans and minimum guaranteed income will also be digitised at a later stage. A school management system is also in the works, which will bring parents and the Ministry of Education together under one platform.

 

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