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Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

B. Sagintayev, world-class experts discuss the development of digitalization in the innovation ecosystem

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Today in Almaty, the sixth meeting of the International Expert Council on the theme Digitization in the innovation ecosystem was held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev.

The discussion covered current issues of digitalization development and the results of the implementation of the Digital Kazakhstan State Program. Particular attention was paid to the impact of innovation on the development of human capital. In a free discussion format, an exchange of views took place on the world experience of digital development, the role of e-government, nurturing and educating young talents, the importance of developing a culture of investing in start-up projects, improving financial sustainability in developing modern technological systems, and on the impact of the innovation ecosystem on improving quality education and employment.

It should be noted that world-class experts also attended the meeting of the Council this year � guests of the upcoming Digital Agenda in the Era of Globalization 2.0 Innovation Ecosystem of Eurasia Forum, who shared their views on the current development of the global innovation ecosystem and Kazakhstan’s capabilities in this area. Personal suggestions were voiced by Head of the UN Digital Government Vincenzo Aquaro, , Director General of the Big Innovation Center Birgitte Andersen, President and Co-Founder of Zero One Booster George Goda, Director General of Rockstarz Asia, Consultant of Astana Hub Joseph Ziegler, Consultant on the Transformation of the Digital Economy, former Director General of the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation Yasmin Mahmood, Vice President of IDC in Russia and the CIS, Robert Farish, CEO, Tlabs, Dean of Finance and Economics at Singularity University Amin Toufani, as well as via video call � Head of IoT and Connected Devices at the World Economic Forum, Jeff Merritt.

The meeting was also attended by representatives of Kazakhstani universities: the Rector of the Kazakh-British Technical University K. Ibrashev, Rrector of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University G. Mutanov, Rector of the International University of Information Technologies D. Shynybekov, Pro-rector for corporate development of the K. Satpayev KazNRTU, B. Barmagambetov, Vice-President for Innovations at Nazarbayev University E. Kussain, Vice-Dean for Academic Issues at Nazarbayev University M. Lewis.

Following the meeting, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev noted that the digitalization process should, first of all, be aimed at improving the lives of citizens. In addition, it was noted that in the conditions of constant technological updating, digital innovations should be implemented promptly. In this regard, suggestions and recommendations voiced by experts will be worked out in detail.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan

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