Results from 9 months’ activities summarized in MIC of the RK
In opening the session of Collegium of Ministry of Information and Communications dedicated to summarizing the results from 9 months’ activities, Minister Dauren Abayev pointed out the specific milestones in the country’s evolution on the eve of 25th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence.
In passing the milestone of a quarter of a century’s sovereign history, our nation can be justifiably proud of stable development and achievements. For the years of independence, Kazakhstanis led by our President and thanks to their unity and hard work, passed a great way, he said.
Thus, since the time of gaining independence, the information, informatization and communication sectors’ infrastructure has been built practically from the scratch. Since early 90ies, over 12.5 thousand km fiber-optic backbone has been built on the telecommunication networks in Kazakhstan. In 1999, the long-distance/international calls became digital by 100 %. In World Economic Forum rating, Kazakhstan occupies the 39th line in Networked Readiness Index, the 41st position in Internet Penetration Index, and the 38th position in the ICT legislation development index. Only 11 years ago, the idea of establishing Citizen Service Centers was first pronounced in our country. To date, over 29 million single window public services have been delivered by them. Kazakhstan is in the 33rd position in UN’s e-Government Rating. The fully functioning competitive media industry was created where over 3 thousand active mass media are players.
In making the report on the work performed, Minister outlined three major areas: information, communication, and informatization, as public services delivery.
In the first area, the Informational Work Strategy was developed that includes Values Map (aimed at reinforcing the society’s spiritual bonds, promoting the cult of family, patriotism, and other values stipulated in the Everlasting Nation Patriotic Act) and Governmental PR Strategy (aimed at informing citizens of sectorial programs and, above all, at highlighting the 100 Specific Steps Nation’s Plan). Mass media are being modernized with a view to improving their efficiency and competitiveness. Also, Ministry has worked out the concept of draft law on information and communications aimed at enhancing the legislation on media, TV/radio broadcasting, telecommunication and informatization. The draft Concept contemplates making amendments to 4 Codes and 12 Laws. The Concept has passed through broad discussion with both positive comments and criticism being taken into account. On this issue, the instruction was given to publish the Draft Law shortly and conduct broad discussion with public so as to bring in the draft at the session of Parliament in the first six months next year.
In the second area, one of the priority goals is to provide citizens with broadband Internet access. To date, the number of users has reached 73%. In localities with population of 10 thousand and more, the 3G mobile telecommunication was implemented. The 4G standard was launched in localities with population of 50 thousand and more. By the year-end 2017, all district centers across the country will be covered with 4G. Ministry has worked out the project named Providing Rural Localities with Broadband Internet Access through public-private partnership. In implementing this project in 1300 rural localities, the next generation telecommunication infrastructure will be created. Since January 1, 2016, the so-called mobile slavery has been cancelled. As to enabling the accessibility of TV infrastructure, the satellite broadcasting OTAU TV network provides 100% coverage of the country territory. The number of subscribers has amounted to 1 million 204 thousand as of October 1, 2016. The instruction was given to endorse the Roadmap for the Project implementation and bring in the suggestions on improvement of OTAU TV competitiveness and watchability.
For informatization area, Ministry worked out the draft National Digital Kazakhstan Program that contemplates financing by quasi-governmental sector and private investors, with no load on national budget. This step will allow saving government funds which can be allocated into other socially-important projects, Minister said.
In this regard, it was instructed to ensure attracting investments to the projects planned for implementation as part of the Digital Kazakhstan Program.
For the third area, over 30 million e-services were delivered, over 17 thousand e-licenses and 433 thousand permits issued, and 854 thousand persons registered. Today, there are 739 items in the Register of Public Services, of which 530 can be obtained via e-Government portal and via Public Corporation. For citizens’ comfort, the single phone number 1414 was implemented where one can get the required consultations. At the same time, the corruption incidents were noticed in the Public Corporation. It was instructed that top managers must get the problem under special control. In addition, before the year-end, no less than 65% public services must be rendered in electronic format via Public Corporation, and connecting 53 new services passed to Public Corporation to the integrated system must be accomplished.
Source: Ministry Of Information and Communication Republic of Kazakhstan