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Urbanization level in Kazakhstan reaches 60%

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by November 30, 2016 General

Urbanization level in Kazakhstan reaches 60%, Minister of Information and Communication Dauren Abayev informed today.

In the modern world, the introduction of information systems in all areas of city life is no longer a luxury but an indispensable condition for a comfortable living of the population. The urbanization is gaining serious momentum worldwide. The UN estimates that by 2050, 70% of the worlds population will live in the cities. This leads to complexity of transport and housing systems, the relevance of ration use of energy and respect for the environment is increasing, D.Abayev said at the ASTEX Astana Smart City international forum exhibition: Smart city for happy life.

According to the Minister, addressing these pressing issues requires smart approaches that stimulate high-quality development; a decisive role here belongs to the information and communication technologies (ICT).

As Stanislav Jerzy Lec put it, technique will come to such perfection, that man can do without himself . Developed countries are already fully using these opportunities for the development of urban post-industrial era; large and open data, cloud technologies, blockchain, etc. are used in the most different and sometimes unexpected sectors of the economy. The phrases smart water management, smart energy, and even smart waste management are no longer surprising. According to the International Telecommunication Union, the number of Internet-connected devices in smart cities will increase from a million in 2015 to 3 billion in 2018. By 2022, blockchain-based business will cost $10 billion, the Minister noted. � It is critical to prevent gaps in these areas in order to remain a full part of the global economy and technology market. The urbanization level in Kazakhstan reaches 60%, which makes us leaders in Central Asia. The flagship of this process is our young capital, Astana.

The forum-exhibition program includes panel discussion with international experts in ICT applicable in smart cities, including Renato de Castro, founder and board member of City SmartUp; Ruthbea Clarke, Director of the global Smart Cities Strategies program at IDC, etc.

The program also includes the conference on Challenges, Prospects and Standardization.

The conference is divided into two sessions: the first session focuses on the construction of smart cities and standards, while the second will identify smart solutions for improving the quality of human life.

Participating in the ASTEX Smart City exhibition is National Information Technologies, Astana Innovations, Transtelecom, Almaty Development Center, Kazpost, SAP, Huawei, etc.

The forum-exhibition will present expo-areas that demonstrate over 25 Kazakh smart projects, one of which is planned to be on projects within Digital Kazakhstan state program being elaborated.

In general, the main purpose of the ASTEX Astana Smart City: Smart City for Happy Life is to discuss the construction of smart cities that contribute to the intellectual development of urban infrastructure providing a comprehensive balance of all the resources, needs of the population, as well as the presentation of the following ICT projects of IT companies: Smart School, Smart Street Lightning, Smart Clinic, e-Condominium, 109 Service, creation of a national GIS system, Smart Transport, Smart Housing, Safe City, etc.

The event is held with the participation of local and foreign entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors to discuss cooperation in implementing ICT projects of Kazakhstan aimed at improving the quality of life and well-being of the population, improvement and modernization of urban infrastructure and public safety.

The event, gathered together over 300 delegates from the USA, Europe and CIS, is organized by the Ministry of Information and Communication and Astana Akimat with the participation of Zerde National Infocommunication Holding, Astana Innovations and Transtelecom.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan

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