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The Republic of Kazakhstan presented digital initiatives as part of implementation of the EAEU digital agenda

The Republic of Kazakhstan presented digital initiatives as part of implementation of the EAEU digital agenda

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7/6/2018

At the roundtable "Digital Initiatives of the Republic of Kazakhstan as part of the implementation of the EAEU digital agenda" held on July 4 in Astana the business community of Kazakhstan presented potential initiatives for their possible implementation within the digital agenda of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU): "Use of Open Data", "Open Digital Platform for Small and Medium Enterprises", and "Electronic Licensing".

Representatives of public authorities of the Republic of Kazakhstan, scientific and business communities, competence centers in the field of digital economy development, and specialists of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) took part in the event.

The meeting was opened by Karine Minasyan, Member of the Board - Minister in charge of Internal Markets, Informatization, Information and Communication Technologies of the EEC and Daryn Tuyakov, Vice Minister of Information and Communication of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

"Earlier this year, at the first digital forum held in the Republic of Kazakhstan, a series of discussions began on the implementation of joint digital projects as part of the implementation of the EAEU digital agenda, - Karine Minasyan noted. - Today there is a window of opportunities opened to each country of the Union, making it possible to implement digital initiatives in partnership with each other. And those projects that have already been successfully implemented within one single State, today may be of interest to the EAEU as a whole."

In his turn, Daryn Tuyakov emphasized that the implementation of the Union’s digital agenda is the national priority of the Republic of Kazakhstan, as designated by the President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The earlier initiatives from Kazakhstan concerned the agricultural sector and the electronic labor exchange. New projects proposed by the Kazakh side have a wider spectrum. "Electronic Licensing" is among them. The initiative was presented by Aynur Maylybaeva, project manager of the E-licensing project at National Information Technologies, JSC. The objectives of the project are automation of licensing processes, licensing documents and ensuring an effective, transparent mechanism of information interaction between government agencies – licensors and business community of Kazakhstan.

Scaling of the initiative implies the use of services in the Eurasian space. It was proposed to solve the technical issue on electronic ID on the basis of the Astana International Financial Center (AIFC) opened in Astana. Using the example of companies registered in the AIFC, it will be possible to apply regulatory "sandboxes".

Bikesh Kurmangaliyeva, Managing Director for ICT services at KAZAKHTELECOM, JSC, presented another initiative, "Open Digital Platform for Small and Medium Enterprises" (ODP). Its criteria are simplicity, convenience, speed, and availability. The components of the ODP for businesses are "Single Window", electronic trading platform (B2B), and digital services. So far, some 400 thousand entrepreneurs and 140 thousand legal entities of Kazakhstan actively use the portal’s services. Technically, the initiative is ready for scaling in the EAEU space and for its integration with similar sites.

The leading specialist of National Information Technologies, JSC Gaziza Bataeva told about the initiative "Use of Open Data" within the portal "Open Government". Its objective is to increase the level of awareness of citizens about key and socially significant areas of government activity and to provide the opportunity of creating new applications based on open data. The project within the framework of the "Open Government of Kazakhstan" was launched in 2013. As of July 2, 2018, there were 2,979 data sets registered.

After being received by the Eurasian Economic Commission, all initiatives proposed by the Kazakh side will be studied through the office of digital initiatives management, about which the team member Aynur Zhetpisov told at the roundtable.

The digital environment creates new opportunities for conducting a bona fide business, helps to expand the space of cooperation. According to the participants of the event, in a situation where all countries of the Union are launching national digital programs, it is important to ensure harmonization of efforts and integration of services of all the EAEU States in this direction.

For reference

The Statement on the Digital Agenda of the Eurasian Economic Union was signed on December 26, 2016 by the Heads of the five States of the Eurasian Economic Union. At the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council on October 11, 2017, the Main Directions for the Implementation of the Digital Agenda of the Eurasian Economic Union until 2025 were approved. Four main directions for implementing the digital agenda were identified: the transformation of common markets, sectoral and cross-sectoral transformation, the development of the digital infrastructure and the digital transformation of the management of integration processes.

At the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council held in Sochi on May 14, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev proposed, within the framework of the implementation of the EAEU digital agenda, to organize the work of the office for managing digital projects and initiatives on the basis of the future International Technopark of IT Startups in Astana.