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Dauren Abayev about the outcomes from the first year of Digital Kazakhstan Program implementation

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At the Government session, Minister of Information and Communications Dauren Abayev summarized the outcomes from the first year of implementing the Digital Kazakhstan Program and told the next plans.

According to Ministry of Information and Communications, National Digital Kazakhstan Program is being implemented in five key areas and includes 17 initiatives and 120 actions. In 2018, the entire list of the planned actions (20 items) was fulfilled in full.

In the first area � Economy Sectors Digitalization � thanks to applying the elements of Industry 4.0, the below results were achieved at the system-making fuel & power and mining & smelting enterprises:

performance grew by 10 per cent in average;

power saving up to 33 per cent achieved at certain plants;

equipment usage ratio increased by 50 per cent.

At seven large mineral deposits, the Smart Deposit and Digital Mining Plant projects were implemented. In 2019, the number of sites with those projects implemented is to grow to 12.

In mining sector, 102 plants have started migrating to transparent production. As part of digitalization of transport and logistics, the Intelligent Transport System project is being implemented. Also, the road assets management system is in progress, with 16 mobile road labs launched.

As part of agribusiness digitalization, the elements of precise agriculture have been implemented in 14 pilot farms. This enabled reducing farmers’ costs by 15-20% in average and improving the crop productivity 2.5 times. In 2019, it is planned to bring the number of smart farms to 500.

Another essential area of the program is the evolution of online commerce. Thus, tax privileges to e-Commerce entities are contemplated at the legislation level. 331 new e-Commerce entities have already used such privileges. One of the global trends has started developing in Kazakhstan, the contactless payments service through mobile phone. In late November 2018, six large banks were connected to this service in pilot mode.

In the Migration to Digital Government area, digitalization has covered all the levels in the field of education. 64 per cent of all pre-school organizations accept the applications in electronic format. In 94 per cent schools, the students use e-diaries and e-gradebooks. On the whole, digitalization of education system allowed reducing by over 30 per cent the gap in education quality between rural and urban schools.

In terms of digitalizing the healthcare, 99.2 per cent medical organizations have moved to usage of paperless health documents. 16.3 million Kazakhstani residents have their regional e-health passports. Visiting the doctors and the live queues in out-patient clinics decreased twice. Time for obtaining the examination results reduced 2.5 times. In 2019, providing with e-health passports is to reach 100 per cent.

In social/labor area digitalization, the e-employment agency is functioning successfully. In 2018, over 533 thousand applicants were employed through that agency, of them 409 thousand to full-time jobs.

The works are in progress to migrate public services to digital format. To date, 506 public services of 752 have been automated. The timelines for service delivery have been reduced by 40 per cent � in average, from 12 to 7 days, with paper-based workflow being reduced by 60 million items of reference documentation. In 2018, 30 million e-services were provided to the public. 3 immigration Citizen Service Centers, 8 special-purpose and 16 digital ones were opened. In Almaty and Astana cities, the collection of biometrics data was launched. For 2019, migration of 80 per cent public services is planned, as well as launch of additional 1 digital and 5 immigration Citizen Service Centers.

In terms of the Program, special attention is paid to supporting small and medium businesses. In 2018, ASTANA-1 information system was launched, allowing performing online centralized control over customs procedures and maintaining the recording of payment of duties. Issue of customs declarations was reduced from several days and hours to 1 minute. To date, 859 thousand e-declarations have been recorded in the system, of which 85 per cent were formalized for 1 minute in the green corridor. The e-Invoices and Goods Marking systems were implemented, allowing preventing shadow transactions in commerce.

On the whole, as to digitalization actions implemented in 2018, the economic effect in the amount of KZT 218 billion has already been reached. The number of new jobs created through digitalization is more than 43. But the most important outcome of 2018 is that all business processes have been established, government agencies’ responsibility areas clearly distributed, and both national and private companies have now the vision of the work ahead. Therefore, we are sure that this year, the economic effect of emerging technologies will be even more meaningful, D. Abayev reported.

Source: Ministry Of Information and Communication Republic of Kazakhstan

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