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Cyprus Committed To Adequate Wages And Dignified Pensions, Minister Says

Minister of Labour and Social Insurance Yiannis Panayiotou has conveyed the government’s commitment to adequate wages and dignified pensions promoting more social justice in citizens’ everyday life.

According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Labour, Panayiotou made the statements while addressing the Plenary of the ILO’s Global Coalition for Social Justice held in Geneva, on 13 June.

The Global Alliance was set up during the 2023 ILO Conference, aiming to promote social justice in the shaping of public policy and social dialogue between social partners, numbering more than 250 participants including governments, workers and employers’ organisations and other international organisations.

Cyprus was one of the first states to respond to the invitation by ILO Director-General, the Ministry said.

In his address, Panayiotou said universal and lasting peace can only be consolidated if it is based on social justice.

“This is what we are defending in this body for over a century and our commitment will continue to be in place for the years and generations to come,” he added.

Panayiotou stressed that the Cypriot government remains “dedicated to safeguarding better wages and better pensions, adequate income for all those actively participating in the labour market so we could maximize the economy’s capacity and to secure our citizens’ welfare.”

“Our government is determined to actively participate in the Global Alliance because we believe in its cause and we want our Alliance to succeed,” he said.

Digital Transactions: A Green Approach To Finance In Cyprus

As Cyprus increasingly embraces digital transactions, the environmental benefits of this shift are becoming evident. A recent report highlights that digital payments significantly reduce the carbon footprint associated with traditional banking operations. By decreasing the reliance on physical branches, paper-based processes, and the transportation of cash, digital transactions are contributing to a more sustainable financial ecosystem. This transition is in line with global initiatives to combat climate change and underscores Cyprus’ commitment to promoting a cleaner, more efficient financial landscape.

Digital transactions are not only more convenient and efficient but also significantly less resource-intensive. Traditional banking often involves extensive paperwork, the use of physical infrastructure, and the transportation of money, all of which contribute to higher carbon emissions. In contrast, digital transactions streamline these processes, resulting in lower energy consumption and reduced waste.

The environmental advantages of digital transactions are complemented by their economic benefits. By lowering operational costs and enhancing transaction speed and security, digital payments provide a compelling case for broader adoption. This shift supports sustainable development goals and aligns with the global push towards greener, more resilient economies.

Furthermore, the widespread adoption of digital transactions in Cyprus is expected to drive innovation within the financial sector. With the integration of advanced technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence, the digital financial landscape is set to become even more efficient and secure. These innovations not only enhance user experience but also contribute to environmental sustainability by further reducing the need for physical resources.

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