Cabinet strengthens research and development

The appointment of a national research and innovation council was approved by the cabinet in Cyprus to promote research and entrepreneurship, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said. He said a series of decisions were taken aimed at strengthening research and innovation for the “development of appropriate conditions which will encourage innovative entrepreneurship”, writes Evie Andreou for Cyprus Mail.

“The phase the Cypriot economy is in today, having faced the most pressing consequences of the crisis, what matters is the expansion of the productive base and today’s decisions serve this purpose,” Georgiades said. Toward that end, a new system of governance for research and innovation has been adopted, which includes the establishment of a National Research and Innovation Council as the advisory body for defining a strategy. The council will be chaired by former health minister Professor Philippos Patsalis. The other members will be announced within the coming weeks, he said.

“An equally important institution” the cabinet has decided on, based on practices of other countries such as Israel and the United Kingdom, is the institution of a Lead Scientist, the minister said, who will play a coordinating and decisive role in promoting research at national level. Cabinet appointed Kyriakos Kokkinos to the post. He said the government will continue to be in touch with the country’s research community to provide further support with new initiatives.
Full report on the Cyprus Mail site