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Industry 4.0 and Digital Kazakhstan: B. Sagintayev familiarizes himself with technological modernization in Kostanay region

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Today, as part of his working visit to Kostanay region, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev visited the industrial zone under construction and got acquainted with the progress of digitalization and technological renovation of large industrial enterprises within the framework of the implementation of the President’s Addresses Third Modernization of Kazakhstan: Global Competitiveness, New Development Opportunities in the Conditions Fourth Industrial Revolution.

In the town of Rudny, Bakytzhan Sagintayev visited the quarry of the Sokolov-Sarbai mining production association. During the inspection, the President of SSGPO JSC B. Mukhametkaliyev reported that this year several elements of Industry 4.0 are being introduced at the Sokolov-Sarbai field, among which is the Smart Quarry project.

For reference: The Smart Quarry project, implemented earlier at the Kachar deposit, is an automated system for managing the mining complex in real time, integrated planning centers, precise satellite positioning and management of drilling and blasting operations. The project is an integral element of the Smart Quarry – smart factory, which is a fully integrated cycle of ore extraction, overburden removal and the production of concentrate and pellets.

Technological modernization at the Sokolov-Sarbai field will be completed in 2020 and will increase productivity by 10%. In addition, the safety and environmental friendliness of the work process will also improve.

The Prime Minister also visited the training center of SSGPO JSC, where they train qualified personnel for the new economy. The head of the training center R. Ismukhambetov said that 6-7 thousand people annually receive professional training at the Lean-Academy and more than 20 thousand people are trained in industrial safety.

In general, according to the Ministry of Investments and Development, the implementation of Industry 4.0 elements will allow increasing the annual GDP growth by 1-1.5%.

In Kostanay, Bakytzhan Sagintayev familiarized himself with the construction of the Industrial Zone, the completion of which is planned in December this year.

The Deputy Akim of the region M. Mirzaliyev reported on the plans for the implementation of 11 investment projects worth more than 119 billion tenge. Enterprises engaged in areas as machine building and metalworking, production of building materials, timber, woodworking, chemical, textile industry and other processing industries will be located on the territory of the IZ. In addition, work is underway to create a special economic zone, the key areas of activity of which will be the traditional for the region engineering, production of equipment, food products, etc.

For reference: Kazakhstan is working on setting up 38 industrial zones: 22 of them are funcitioning, 7 are under construction, 9 are on the way (feasibility study, state expertise, etc.). In total 112 industrial projects operate in industrial zones; more than 5500 jobs have been created. Also, about 219 projects for the total amount of investments of about 820 billion tenge are in the stage of elaboration and implementation, it is planned to create about 17 thousand jobs.

During the visit to the industrial zone, Bakytzhan Sagintayev was also presented with the current results and prospects for the implementation of the Digital Kazakhstan State program in the region.

It should be noted that the digitalization of the region is taking place within the framework of the Road Map approved by the Akimat for 2018, which includes 77 actions: 29 projects for digitalization of agriculture, 11 for the implementation of SmartCity technologies, 4 for transport, 10 for digitalization of SMEs, 5 in education, 8 in healthcare, 6 in digitalization of security, 3 in digitalization of the social sphere, and 1 in the field of environmental safety.

In view of the fact that the Kostanay region is traditionally considered agrarian (the share of agriculture in the country’s GDP is 4.5%, and in the GRP of the region 13%), agriculture digitalization is under way in the region in pilot mode. Agrarians are already introducing advanced world technologies, such as precision farming, geoinformation systems, the introduction of electronic field maps, remote monitoring of agricultural machinery and the use of drones to control cattle in summer pastures. Mobile applications help determine the best time for planting seeds, fertilizing soil, harvesting, calculating the timing of loading and delivery of products; to monitor the temperature in the storage and transportation zone, to forecast the yield and income.

According to the regional Akimat, the use of smart technologies will allow reducing the cost of production by an average of 10-15%, improving competitiveness.

Source: GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN

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