According to the Financial Mirror there are three industries that could revitalise the Cypriot economy in 2021 and beyond.
ECOMMERCE AND ONLINE SERVICES
In Cyprus, over 79% of the population now use the internet, but only 31% of Cypriots made online purchases in 2019 according to the latest data. As a result, web-based trading remains a relatively small industry in Cyprus, but this means the sector is prime for growth. In 2021, expect businesses to embrace eCommerce, this can help them attract new customers, enter business in new markets, and cut costs.
Manufacturing now accounts for over 5% of Cyprus’ GDP. But, although the manufacturing industry is already a key driver of the Cypriot economy, its impact is only set to increase over the next decade, with experts believing that manufacturing could account for 15% of the economy by 2030. Now the government has put incentives in place for investments and provided state funding for research-oriented products. So, expect huge investments in the manufacturing sector in 2021.
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (ICT)
The Cypriot government believes that ICT could be incredibly useful for increasing productivity and fuelling economic growth in the country. As a result, the government is investing huge sums of money in tech startups as part of the 2019-2023 national strategy on Research and Innovation known as "Innovate Cyprus". The fintech market in particular is vibrant in Cyprus, with cloud solutions particularly gaining traction. Recently, Cyta, epic, Primetel and Cablenet all began to offer cloud computing services. Although 2020 was a tough year for the Cypriot economy, there are plenty of reasons why investors and business owners should be optimistic for 2021 and beyond.