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Experts of the International Advisory Board discussed issues of digitalization development in Kazakhstan
On November 19, 2020, the 10th anniversary meeting of the International Advisory Board on digitalization in Kazakhstan was held

On November 19, 2020, the 10th anniversary meeting of the International Advisory Board on digitalization in Kazakhstan was held, with the participation of the Chairman of the Board of Zerde Holding Arman Abdrasilov, the Minister of Digital Development, Innovations and Aerospace Industry Bagdat Musin, Vice Ministers of Digital development, education, energy, industry and infrastructure development, finance, etc. The event was also attended by permanent members of the Advisory Board, such as Robert Farish, Vice President of IDC in the CIS and Russia, Yasmin Mahmood, Chairman of POS Malaysia and advisor to Skymind, Jeff Merritt, Head of the IoT and Urban Transformation of WEF, etc. and the moderator Andrew Beklemishev, Vice President of IDC.

The topic of the meeting was "Sustainable development of the global digital partnership: Anti-COVID-19». The main message of this topic was to strengthen partnership by increasing the export of IT services and solutions of Kazakhstan to foreign markets and the impact of partnership on solving the problem of social needs in a crisis situation, such as, for example, COVID-19.

The meeting was held in an online format. At the opening of the event, the moderator introduced the speakers and gave a speech to Bagdat Mussin.

In his welcoming speech, the Minister noted the implemented projects within the State Program "Digital Kazakhstan", IT solutions developed during the quarantine period in our country, as well as 120 new measures within the framework of amendments to the State program" Digital Kazakhstan", which are aimed at developing economic sectors and improving the standard of living of the population through the introduction of new technologies and digitalization.

At the meeting, Ivar Tallo, the Founding Director of e-Governance Academy of Estonia, spoke about the impact of COVID-19 on digitalization in Kazakhstan, namely focused on what still needs to be done, not on what has been achieved: "Let's focus on new brilliant things in a good economy, for example, is the ambition to reduce the number of paper documents from 6 to 4 in the provision of public services enough, or should we strive for higher? Is it possible to create services without documents? That's when we can really talk about full automation." Chris Ferguson, Director of the Cabinet Office, Government Digital Service (GDS), UK government spoke on cooperation on joint projects with the GDS academy for the next year and support of GDS to Kazakhstan. Thus, all international experts expressed their opinion on the progress of digitalization in our country and touched upon the topics of world experience within the scope of their activities.

Today, digitalization accelerates the modernization of many industries, forcing many services to be transferred to a new format. In order to ensure high-quality implementation of digitalization in Kazakhstan, the International Advisory Board on Digitalization was established on February 2, 2018. The main goal of the Board is to provide international expert advice to facilitate the implementation of digitalization in Kazakhstan, increase the country's competitiveness and improve the quality of life of the population.

Since the establishment of the Advisory Board in 2018, ten meetings were held, and discussed the following topics: the implementation of the state program "Digital Kazakhstan"; Cyber security; human capital Development; Digitalization of economy sectors and the inclusion of the business sector in the digitalization of the country; sustainable development of a global digital partnership: Anti-COVID-19, etc.

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