Almaty hosts International Digital Kazakhstan summit

ASTANA – Investments in human capital play a key role in developing the digital industry. State officials, businesspeople and scientists at the Feb. 2 International Digital Kazakhstan summit in Almaty discussed IT trends, focusing specifically on the Digital Kazakhstan programme and biometrics. They noted the dual approach is an effective strategy in creating business IT departments.

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“We studied the existing experience with Digital Kazakhstan and realised that there is a very good example of the joint work by KBTU (Kazakh-British Technical University) and KazZinc in the East Kazakhstan region. This experience will be implemented in other enterprises,” said Zerde National Infocommunication Chairperson Ruslan Yensebayev.

Suleyman Demirel University Rector Kanat Kozhakhmet agreed with his assessment

“A university should be in close cooperation with industry. We need a constant dialogue. The new trends should be included in a curriculum and in laboratories,” he said.

Developers and scientists presented ideas and created concepts. They noted the way androids will help postal customers tackle issues of sending parcels and how biometric systems can easily clarify a client’s identity. The latter can be used not only in credit risks, but to a greater degree in operations like deposits and transferring large sums of money.

“The service can be installed in a shopping centre. CCTV (closed-circuit television) can be installed and it determines faces and understands that it’s a client whom the bank works with,” said First Credit Bureau CEO Ruslan Omarov.

Summit attendees noted Digital Kazakhstan will positively affect automating government processes and provide an impetus to qualitatively develop e-commerce. Executing the programme is estimated at 300 billion tenge (US$930 million).