Government • 08 October, 2018

Askar Zhumagaliyev meets with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on development of digitalization

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In the framework of the investment conference in New York, Deputy Prime Minister Askar Zhumagaliyev and Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the UN Kairat Umarov met with the UN Secretary-General António Guterres and his deputy Liu Zhenmin. At the meetings, the achievement of sustainable development goals, the reform of the UN resident coordinator system and the development of e-government were discussed, reports the press service of the Prime Minister.

In a conversation with the UN leadership, Zhumagaliyev spoke about the Digital Kazakhstan program initiated by President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The program is aimed at developing infrastructure, human capital, e-government, creating a digital economy and an innovation ecosystem. The vice premier also noted that this program is one of the tools that contribute to the achievement of sustainable development goals.

In turn, the UN representatives stressed the significant successes of Kazakhstan in the field of introducing digital technologies. Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced his intention to consider the possibility of concluding an agreement on cooperation between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the United Nations in the development of e-government. Under-Secretary-General Liu Zhenmin positively assessed the joint work of Kazakhstan and the United Nations on holding an international e-government development forum in 2014, noting that the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs is interested in implementing new cooperation projects with Kazakhstan.

Following the meeting, the parties expressed their intention to continue fruitful cooperation on all issues.

Recall, in the UN ranking Kazakhstan ranks 39th among 193 countries of the world in terms of e-government development.

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