Government • 22 July, 2018

Bakytzhan Sagintayev discusses implementation of the state program with domestic IT companies

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Kazakh Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev met with representatives of the IT community on the implementation of the Digital Kazakhstan state program, reports

At the meeting, the main stages of the large-scale work for digitalization of the economy and development of the Kazakhstan’s IT community were discussed. In particular, special attention was paid to such issues as the creation of an innovative cluster of the International Technopark of IT Startups Astana Hub, the training of domestic personnel, information security, the allocation of innovative grants for IT start-ups, as well as supporting the export potential of domestic IT services and removing barriers, preventing existing domestic IT companies.

Representatives of the business community shared their vision of the development of the domestic digital industry, also voiced their proposals and issues of interest. In particular, for today, IT professionals are concerned about the simplification of procedures for public procurement of goods and services, state support for domestic IT companies, the improvement of PPP mechanisms, the promotion of e-commerce, the development of competition among IT companies, as well as the modernization of the education system with a slant on the development of skills for the digital economy.

Deputy Prime Minister Askar Zhumagaliyev, Minister of Information and Communications Dauren Abayev, Vice Minister of Finance Ruslan Yensebayev also spoke with comments during the meeting.

Following the results of the meeting, the Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev got acquainted with the presentation stands about the possibilities of 20 domestic IT companies.

Recall, the Head of State in his Address to the People "Third Modernization of Kazakhstan: Global Competitiveness" gave a number of instructions on the digitalization.

"The development of the digital industry will provide an impetus to all other industries. Therefore, the government should keep the issue of developing the IT sector under special control. An important condition for the emergence of new industries is the support of innovations and their production," the address reads.

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