The competitiveness of the economy now depends on the speed of the technological progress. This is the basic idea of the new government program "Digital Kazakhstan", launched by President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The representatives of Nur Otan party noted that the implementation of such an ambitious program would require a well-coordinated work of all government bodies.

MUKHTAR KUL-MUKHAMMED, FIRST DEPUTY CHAIRMAN, NUR OTAN PARTY:

The head of state set the task to carry out an accelerated technological modernization and to create qualitatively new digital industry. The government was instructed to implement Digital Kazakhstan program. It is necessary to fully understand the exceptional importance and scale of the task. Our main goal is to spread digital technologies throughout our country so that every citizen could benefit from it.

The Kazakh Minister of Information and Communications promised to attract investments for the vast majority of the program’s projects. E-commerce and digital logistics will be developed in the new IT Park that will open on the basis of the Astana International Financial Center.

DAUREN ABAYEV, KAZAKH MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS:

The majority of the state program’s projects will be implemented as part of private public partnership, which in turn will save state budget. In general, by 2020, it is planned: to expand the share of internet coverage to 78%, mainly in regions and villages, cover 95% of population with digital broadcasting, increase people’s digital literacy up to 80%, ensure the development of information and communication technologies and the country's GDP to 4.7%.

At present, 72% of Kazakhstan citizens have access to the Web. It is planned to minimize the difference between the Internet speed in the cities and small villages by the end of 2019. Digital Kazakhstan program also ensures the accessibility of online state services. At present, more than 500 state services can be obtained online via e-government portal and Government for Citizens state corporation.

These objectives are feasible, representatives of the state corporation Government for Citizens say. The state program will yield the first results by the end of this year.

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