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Prime Minister tasks to accelerate development of Digital Kazakhstan program

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by January 31, 2017 Key Issues

At the Government meeting on Presidential Address implementation, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev instructed to accelerate Digital Kazakhstan programs development.

According to the Prime Minister, the President sets the task to carry out the third modernization of Kazakhstan. Its implementation requires a new economic growth model that will increase the competitiveness of the country. In this regard, the Head of State outlined five main priorities.

The first one is the accelerated technological modernization of the economy. The main objective is to create new industries at the intersection of traditional sectors and services using digital technology.

We are talking about the development of such promising sectors as 3D-Printing, e-commerce, mobile banking, industrial Internet, digital services. The rapid spread of new technologies and business models imposes today new requirements for regulating these sectors. To this end, the President instructed to develop a Digital Kazakhstan program and adapt our legislation to develop IT, B.Sagintayev said.

In this regard, the Prime Minister instructed the Ministry of Information and Communication jointly with the interested agencies to speed up the development of this program and the preparation of legislative changes. He also pointed out that connecting village to the fiber-optic lines until 2020 should be under special control.

According to the Prime Minister, the relevant is also the innovations support and rapid introduction into production. In this connection, it is necessary to establish international industrial park for IT startups on the EXPO infrastructural base.

This industrial park should become a platform for attracting entrepreneurs and investors from around the world, and this requires the appropriate infrastructure and favorable conditions, B.Sagintayev noted.

In this regard, the Prime Minister instructed the ministries of information and communication, national economy, finance jointly with interested bodies to work out the issue of creating industrial park and providing legislative support in the form of tax incentives, simplified visa and labor regimes.

Moreover, the Ministry of Education and Science is instructed to take necessary measures to develop national scientific and innovative potential on the basis of universities, Astana Business Campus of Nazarbayev University and Alatau Information Technologies Park.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan

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