Prime Minister discusses Digital Kazakhstan with international experts

ASTANA – Kazakh Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev discussed with international experts Sept. 13 in Astana the development of the Digital Kazakhstan programme, according to prime minister’s press service.

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Development of the programme involves sending its main concepts to experts in various countries for review and has involved working with such large international companies as IBM, General Electric and Microsoft in pilot mode, said the statement.

“Now we are witnessing a digital transformation. It means social transformation. We move from capital, as the basis of wealth, to data, information. In America, there are such large companies as Google, Apple, WAIS, Airbnb and Uber. They create wealth from information. The government needs to recognise and stimulate this process. Digital transformation requires more than data collection. It is necessary to transform the government. It is necessary not only to adopt block chain and other digital technologies, we need to act differently, quickly, in the context of people. If you can do this, you will succeed in this matter,” said expert in the field of new technologies Christopher Surdak during the meeting.

The meeting brought together CEO of the IDC Country Office Andrei Beklemishev, Vice Minister of Internal Affairs and Security of Korea Shim Bo-Kyung, Senior Programme Coordinator Oleg Petrov, Director of Singapore Cooperation Enterprise for Asia Kevin Chong, Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission Tigran Sarkisian and others.

Experts shared their countries’ experience in attracting the public to work on the implementation of such programmes, spoke about the impact of large data on the construction of the digital economy and the digital state and on the role of information technology and digitalisation in the development of business, the state and society.

Participants also discussed safe processing and provision of data, training of personnel for the IT field, the economic effect of digitisation and improvement of public services.

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