Kazakhstan’s Digital Diplomacy: Exporting GovTech Solutions and Expanding ICT Cooperation in Africa

Kazakhstan Ready to Spearhead GovTech Technology Exports

During the Digital Almaty 2024 forum on Feb. 1-3, Kazakhstan signed several memorandums of understanding on exporting its government technology (GovTech) solutions, Profit.kz reported on Feb. 13. The country’s IT solutions for e-government development, such as Smart Bridge, the Unified Platform for Internet Resources of Government Agencies, and the Smart Data Ukimet information and analytical system, will now extend to the Kyrgyz Republic. This marks a significant step towards achieving President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s goal of bringing the export of IT services to $1 billion by 2026.

Kazakhstan also agreed on information and communication technology cooperation with Sierra Leone and Togo. Salima Mornorna Bah, Minister of Communication, Technology, and Innovation of Sierra Leone, highlighted Kazakhstan’s reputation as a “big open-source country” willing to share digital systems and platforms. According to her, the memorandum with Sierra Leone not only promises mutual benefits for both countries but also paves the way for private sector companies in Kazakhstan to explore opportunities in Africa.

The ongoing GovTech export initiatives align with President Tokayev’s task set in his Address to Parliament on Jan. 27 this year to develop an action plan for promoting Kazakhstan as an attractive destination for foreign investment in high-tech sectors by 2030. With this goal in mind, Kazakhstan is consistently changing its raw materials focus from traditional industries such as oil and gas to high-tech sectors like IT services and renewable energy.

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