At the meeting, issues of further deepening and expanding cooperation between the two countries in the information technology sector and digitalization of important sectors of the economy were discussed. Among them are education, health, trade, transport and logistics. The issues of cooperation in the field of environmental and energy-saving technologies, including those based on the Center for Green Technologies, which was implemented as part of the Green Bridge presidential initiative, were considered.
Particular attention was paid to the prospects of cooperation in the field of agriculture, customs declaration automation, as well as the exchange of experience in the training of qualified personnel for the digital economy.
Bakytzhan Sagintayev noted the great interest of the Kazakh side in the exchange of experience in the field of digitalization, especially on the training of IT specialists, taking into account plans to open an international IT university in Astana on the territory of Expo.
In turn, Juri Ratas thanked for the invitation to the forum, and also noted the high potential of bilateral relations and the interest of Estonia in the further development of cooperation.
In January-August 2018, the trade turnover between Kazakhstan and Estonia amounted to $21.7 million (exports — $4.7 million, imports — $17 million). For the period from 2005 to II quarter 2018, the gross inflow of direct investment from Estonia to Kazakhstan reached $70.2 million. More than 70 joint ventures with Estonian capital were registered in Kazakhstan.
In order to develop a digital ecosystem in order to achieve sustainable economic growth, improve the competitiveness of the economy and the nation, and improve the quality of life of the population, the Digital Kazakhstan Program was adopted, which covers four key areas:
- Implementation of the Digital Silk Road — the development of a reliable, affordable, high-speed and secure digital infrastructure.
- Developing a creative society — training of the competencies and skills for the digital economy, increasing digital literacy of the population, training ICT specialists for industries.
- Digital transformations in sectors of the economy — the widespread introduction of digital technologies to increase the competitiveness of various sectors of the economy.
- Transition to a proactive state — improvement of the electronic and mobile government system, optimization of the provision of public services.