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Cyprus: Public Sector dimension of AI Strategy


This page reports a synthesis of the main elements that characterise the national AI strategy with a specific focus on the public sector. It extracts the information related to a single country from a comparative analysis done by the AI Watch team and reported in full in the science for policy report “AI Watch. European Landscape on the Use of Artificial Intelligence by the Public Sector”.

Main highlights

  • One of the key action areas of the strategy is to improve the quality of public services and the public administration
  • Emphasis is given on the reform of the public administration with new technologies by improving infrastructure, analysis tools and collaboration with experts
  • Public sector organizations should use more agile methodologies, trials and pilots. Testing and trial of AI is highly encouraged
  • Public and private sector need to work together to remove obstacles to AI development and adoption
  • Legislative framework for sharing data protection will be introduced to facilitate data sharing
  • Opening up of more public and private sector data

Strategy analysis

Learning by doing

  • ​​​​​Regulatory sandboxes
  • Pilot projects

Stimulating awareness and knowledge sharing

  • Awareness campaigns

  • Building an international community

Ethical and legal framework

  • Development of ethical frameworks

  • Reform of data sharing laws

Improving data access and quality

  • Improving data quality

  • Improving data access

Funding and procurement

  • Funding for AI projects

  • Stimulation of GovTech startups

Improving internal capacity

  • New public bodies


A specific section in the strategy is aimed at the use of AI in the public sector and public services.

The strategy explicitly highlights the importance of having the public and private sector working together. Trials and pilots are promoted in collaboration with start-ups and with SMEs. Digital Innovation Hubs to stimulate AI by boosting research and innovation are highly important.

The document explicitly mention funding programmes. It aims at promoting the start-up ecosystem through targeted investments. Moreover, the government will co-finance centres of excellence for Smart Cities.

In order to boos data access and quality, the government will further develop the National Open Data Portal and the National Research Data Portal.

Moreover, the government will develop a legislative framework regarding data protection. This legislation aims to facilitate the interoperability of data with the aim of fostering the provision of APIs.

General Information


National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence (AI): Actions for the Exploitation and Development of AI in Cyprus

Data of release

Jan 2020


Specific actions to public sector


Chap 2.2: The role of Public Sector

Chap 2.5: Actions for the Development of AI

  • 2.5..6 Upgrading Public Services & Creating new models of cooperation
  • Chap 2.5.8 Coordination for digitization