IT is one of the most rapidly developing sectors in Kazakhstan
Innovative technologies are contributing to the development of the Kazakh economy. According to experts, IT is one of the most rapidly developing sectors. The Kazakh Government allocates non-repayable grants for innovators for higher innovative output and implementation. A company that creates mobile applications and websites is one of the examples. Its specialists developed the first technology in Kazakhstan that allows using augmented and virtual reality in their software. About five million Tenge were spent for the project implementation. The costs were almost fully covered by the state innovations grant.
AINUR TEMIRKHANKYZY, HEAD OF COMPANY:
- We developed software. People are often surprised that developers cannot develop applications software in Kazakhstan with the use of certain technologies, such as augmented or virtual reality, although we have been creating these products for the past eight years in the market and have quite successful cases.
A new application is used in education, construction and business industries. Any image can be animated with the help of the innovative technology. For example, users can see the cooking process of a selected food in the restaurant menus by using tablets and smartphones. Kazakh innovations are being implemented in the healthcare sector as well. One of the Kazakh dentists invented a caries treatment method that doesn’t require drilling and filling due to the natural regeneration of the enamel. The Government allocated a grant worth more than 40 million Tenge to support the inventor and the new method is currently being used in Kazakh clinics.
ILGAMA GASSANOVA, DENTIST:
- We have the opportunity to offer our patients procedures that don’t require teeth drilling. The procedure takes just 15 minutes and it is absolutely painless.
To support local developers, the Government offers three types of innovations grants, such as technology commercialization of up to 200 million Tenge, development of operational enterprises of up to 400 million Tenge and technological development of industries of up to 500 million Tenge.
MEDET DYUSSEMBAYEV, DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR TRANSFER OF TECHNOLOGIES:
- This program is active since 2011. From 2011 to 2018, we signed and supported about 240 agreements worth more than 14 billion Tenge as part of the grant programs. The first stage was held from June 16 to July 16 with 63 applications approved.
ASKHAT ZHAPSARBAI, HEAD, TECHNOLOGICAL AND INNOVATIVE DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT:
- The Government allocated 7.1 billion Tenge for innovation grants since 2013. 211 projects have been implemented so far. These grants are allocated as part of the Government’s support.
Over the last three years, about nine billion Tenge of taxes were contributed to the Government funds from the implemented innovative projects. In the next stage, the Government will support innovators by presenting their projects to the foreign markets. The main partners are located in China and the United Kingdom.