The Deputy Minister of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy, Mr. Dimitris Papastergiou, who is on a one-day visit to Cyprus. Dimitris Skourides, the Director General of the State Secretariat of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Neophytos Papadopoulos, as well as officials of the two ministries.
During the meeting, the two delegations discussed issues related to the digital transformation of the state apparatus, digital skills, the use of technology by businesses and connectivity.
In a statement to journalists after the meeting, the Deputy Minister of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy said the following: "On the agenda of the meeting were the prospects for deepening and broadening our cooperation on projects of common priority, advanced digital infrastructure and technologies, digital governance and digital skills, with the sole aim of making technology a tool to facilitate citizens and reduce bureaucracy."
I take from today's meeting the prospect of connecting civil protection through the smart cities management platform, and more broadly the redesign and operation of the c It is common ground that digital reform of the state for the benefit of citizens, more effective governance, security and transparency is a priority for our governments. That is why close cooperation with the Greek Government in this area is particularly important for us."
For his part, the Greek Minister of Digital Governance said: "It is with great pleasure that we are here today with the delegation of the Ministry of Digital Governance of Greece in friendship with my counterpart Filippos Hadjizaharias and the corresponding team of the Deputy Ministry of Cyprus to discuss how we can move forward.
Through our Ministries and technology, we are bringing out the bright side of our countries where it is really possible to implement things that can be done, as well as how we can give and take good practices, and how we can give as quickly as possible more digital services to our citizens.
To discuss exactly how we can make technology an ally through smart cities and artificial intelligence which may cause some concern but can really provide solutions through the fight against bureaucracy, which in Greece is a monster which, if we don't move forward quickly, will continue to eat everything.
Technology is here, now move forward, and together Greece and Cyprus can walk this road."
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