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Bakytzhan Sagintayev outlines areas of cooperation within the framework of the EAEU Digital Agenda

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by February 2, 2018 Business

Today in Almaty Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev took part in the International Forum Digital Agenda in the Era of Globalization, initiated by the Head of State and taking place within the framework of the meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council.

The forum is seen as an important joint step in implementing the digital agenda of the Eurasian Economic Union until 2025. The whole world has entered a special period of development, the essence of which is a global transition to a completely new development model and a new technological order.

We set ourselves an ambitious task – in the near future up to 80% of all government services will be provided electronically. Here, a very important issue is infrastructure. Kazakhstan’s territory is very large. We completely provide the infrastructure in all cities, i.e. the Internet. 43% of the rural population, almost 7 thousand rural settlements have sufficient Internet speed, this is very important, � Bakytzhan Sagintayev said.

At the same time, work in this area continues. It was decided that all the bases of rural settlements until 2020 are to be provided with broadband Internet and the infrastructure should be completed before 2020.

B. Sagintayev also noted the role of education in the preparation of future trained workers.

Today we are talking about the involvement of the population in digitalization. Today, the receipt of public services, digitalization in general should be trendy. Therefore, in order to get everything into shape, we need to train people, starting as early as primary school, need to train mathematicians, train university programmers.

We are now redirecting the curriculum to begin preparing enough specialists. If we say that we will move in all directions, then we need innovations. Without innovation, we will not go anywhere. For this it is necessary to create an appropriate ecosystem. Here we are very much in contact with our colleagues in Skolkovo, Innopolis, the Innovation Technologies Park in Minsk, � he said.

It would be right to build a system of interaction and partnership of national innovation centers. We are talking about a mutually beneficial exchange of experience and innovation, the transfer of digital technologies, joint events of the Russian innovation centers Skolkovo and Innopolis, the Belarusian High-Tech Park, Kazakhstan’s Nazarbayev University, the free economic zone Astana-Technopolis and Technopark of IT start-ups, which is now being created on the premises of EXPO-2017, and others.

The main goal is to build a single innovation ecosystem of the EAEU countries, able to coordinate and promote the Union to attract venture funds and start-ups from around the world.

According to Bakytzhan Sagintayev, it is necessary to create conditions for the development of technological entrepreneurship. Talent creates its own capital. Therefore, it is important that technological entrepreneurship in the country develops. In this regard, the country is doing a lot of work.

In this regard, we created an IT hub on the premises of EXPO. Now the offices are being prepared and in the near future, in six months, we will launch this IT hub. An unprecedented decision was made. The corresponding bill has been adopted. We have touched Constitutional Legislation. In the International Center Astana, which has an absolute legislative base, there is English law, freedom from everything. And our IT hub has joined the AIFC and through this we want to attract talents from all over the world, � Bakytzhan Sagintayev said.

Separately, B. Sagintayev singled out the problem of cybersecurity. Integration issues will be discussed in a broader format within the framework of the current Forum agenda.

During the plenary session of the Forum, addresses were made by Prime Ministers of the Republic of Armenia – Karen Karapetyan, the Republic of Belarus – Andrei Kobyakov, the Kyrgyz Republic – Sapar Isakov, the Russian Federation – Dmitry Medvedev, the Republic of Uzbekistan – Abdulla Aripov, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan – Mahmadtoir Zoir Zokirzoda .

The discussions saw active participation of International experts, including the Advisor on Digital Strategy and Government Analytics of the World Bank Randeep Sudan, founder of Autodesk Innovation Genome Bill O’Connor, Deputy Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union Malcolm Johnson, Chief Technical Officer of Dell EMC Nigel Moulton, Technology Adviser to the UK Government Liam Maxwell, Managing Vice President of Gartner Andrea Di Maio, Dynamic Parcel Distribution CEO Boris Winkelmann and others.

The Forum continues its work on thematic sessions: Innovation and Technological Entrepreneurship, “The EAEU Digital Agenda: Initiatives and Projects, Digitalization of Industry (Industry 4.0), Digital Transformation of Agriculture in the EAEU.

Live broadcast of the Forum is available on the site PrimeMinister.kz and social networks: Facebook, VKontakte, Twitter, Periscope and Odnoklassniki, on the official YouTube channel, as well as via mobile applications for Android and iPhone.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan

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