A new special economic zone "Astana-Technopolis" will be launched in the capital. It will promote the development of high technology projects and make a huge contribution to the economy of Kazakhstan. The first such SEZ "Astana - a new city" was created 15 years ago. It consists of an administrative and business center and an industrial park No.1. About 70 investment projects have been developed here. Among them are the production of LED equipment and smart street lamps.

NURLAN RASULOV, HEAD OF LIGHTING PRODUCTION COMPANY:

 - The street lighting fixtures will be equipped with this sort of module that controls the lamps. Such fixtures will be installed in the city, and they will be controlled remotely via the Internet. You can turn them on and off, reduce and increase the lighting. You can also connect camera and Wi-Fi.

Lots of new enterprises are opening in the industrial park. Building materials and food production plants are using advanced technologies. New jobs are being created. An administrative and business center has been constructed. More than 300 objects were commissioned last year. There are a new railway station, an ice palace, an academy of choreography, multifunctional residential complexes and business centers. About 70% of the left bank territory is considered to be fully developed.

YERLAN BEKMURZAYEV, DEPUTY HEAD, ASTANA DEPARTMENT OF INVESTMENTS AND DEVELOPMENT:

 - At present, the industrial park №1 is filled with projects to 95%. Therefore, the government decided to create a special economic zone ‘Astana Technopolis’, that is, an industrial park №2. A master plan on projects development was elaborated jointly with the Singapore Company ‘Jurong’. The priority industries have been identified.

The second industrial park will consist of high-tech projects. The focus will be made on the Industrialization 4.0 outlined in the President’s address. The thorough selection of projects is underway. 

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