The Republic of Cyprus became the first EU member to join the Digital Cooperation Organization in July 2022.
Its participation as the eleventh member state was confirmed by His Excellency Kyriacos Kokkinos, Deputy Minister to the President for Research, Innovation and Digital Policy.
- In May 2019, the Cyprus Industrial Strategy Policy’ was adopted.
- In January 2020, the government approved the National Strategy on Artificial Intelligence (AI), while a new cybersecurity strategy has been in place since 2021.
- The 2020 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) highlighted the improvement of Cyprus’ scores across all digital economy dimensions, particularly in connectivity, the integration of digital technology and digital public services. It also praised the efficiency of digital solutions Cyprus introduced to address COVID-19-induced needs.
- In December 2021, Cyprus adopted the Digital Skills – National Action Plan 2021-2025 to develop its population’s digital skills.
- The new Broadband Plan of Cyprus 2021-2025 announced in November 2021 aims to strengthen and expand broadband infrastructure, technologies and connectivity.
- In 2021, Very High Capacity Network (VHCN) coverage in Cyprus reached 41% of population, up from 26% the previous year.
- Another highlight of Cyprus’ recent digital transformation is the Innovative Schools and eSafe Schools programs designed to help schools and teachers integrate digital technologies effectively into learning processes.
Together, these efforts are helping Cyprus achieve its ambition of becoming a dynamic and competitive economy through innovation and technological development.
Cyprus has an ambitious national digitalization agenda which is coordinated by the Deputy Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitalization. Adopted in June 2020, the National Digital Strategy 2020-2025 is the key policy document to accelerate Cyprus’ digital transformation.