By Yiannis Georgoulas
Digitalization can be a powerful mechanism that brings Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots closer together, provided that incentives are given. It can have a significant impact on how communities communicate and interact with each other because it offers many opportunities for building relationships and exchanging information.
This will contribute to strengthening the bonds between the communities, offering new ways of communication, cooperation, and socialization. Digitalization will open new avenues of communication, where people from both communities can connect through social networks, forums, communities of common interests, and online collaborative platforms.
This will facilitate the exchange of opinions, ideas, and participation in cultural events. This is already happening to some extent, but it's not enough. Incentives should be provided to foster digital relationships between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. Through digitalization, access to information is promoted.
Communities can share their culture, history, and traditions, reducing cultural distance and ensuring cultural diversity. As digitalization enhances collaboration, people from all parts of Cyprus can collaborate on projects, research, and entrepreneurship, without being affected by physical barriers. Online courses can be made accessible to all, allowing both communities to develop their skills and improve job opportunities and mutual understanding. Innovation is also promoted through digitalization.
Young people from both communities can develop new ideas and technologies, sharing knowledge and experiences, making Cyprus a better place for everyone. In summary, digitalization connects the world, enabling the exchange of information and culture, cooperation, and mutual reinforcement among different communities. Leveraging this potential offers a more connected, active, and collaborative environment that can contribute to a fair solution to the Cyprus problem, always with an eye on the decisions of the United Nations Security Council.
Mr. Yiannis Georgoulas is a Strategy and Business Consultant.
[This article was translated from its Greek original]