Dauren Abayev briefs on Digital Kazakhstan
Minister of Information and Communication Dauren Abayev informed on Digital Kazakhstan state program being currently elaborated.
Today, our Ministry is developing Digital Kazakhstan new state program aimed at qualitative economic transition to the innovation track. Its implementation should provide an additional 1%-increase of ICT share in the countrys GDP. According to Wood McKenzie, every 10%-increase in investment into the ICT provides an annual 0.6-0.7% GDP growth, D.Abayev said at XI Innovation Congress in Astana.
Another important objective of the program according to the Minister is to eliminate the digital divide between regions, towns and villages. As you are well aware, our cities access to Internet is well-developed, while the situation in villages is much worse. This is due to a large area of our country.
The third is to increase employment in knowledge-intensive sectors of the economy. Even in the crisis years, when other sectors showed steady drop, the number of jobs in the ICT sphere in the OECD countries grew by an average of 7%, the Minister said.
Fourth, we expect that the industrial sector will actively apply advanced technologies such as cloud computing, etc. According to leading experts, automation will in average increase the productivity of manufacturing plants by 5%, and of service companies by 10%, the Minister of Information and Communication recalled.
The state program will implement a number of new state projects, namely Digital Silk Road, Creative Society, transition to a proactive state, intellectual transport system, national geographic information systems, etc.
In the long run, Digital Kazakhstan implementation will improve the quality of life for citizens, strengthen the digital ecosystem and make innovative breakthrough in the countrys economy, D.Abayev summarized.
Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan