Digital Kazakhstan program to create 300 thousand jobs by 2022

ASTANA (TCA) — The draft state program Digital Kazakhstan was considered at the Government meeting on December 4, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.

Minister of Information and Communications Dauren Abayev reported that Digital Kazakhstan program, designed for the period 2018-2022, will provide an additional impetus for technological modernization of the flagship industries of the country, and will create conditions for large-scale and long-term growth of labor productivity.

The program includes five main directions: digitalization of economic sectors; transition to a digital state; implementation of the digital Silk Road; development of human capital; and creation of an innovative ecosystem.

“The program has a significant potential for creating added value and reducing costs in the economy, which will help achieve GDP growth rates of 4.5%-5% per year from 2025, with 1.6%-2.2%, that is about a third, exclusively through digitalization,” the minister said.

According to Abayev, the program includes 12 target indicators. One of the main is the productivity of labor, which in various spheres will increase by 2022 from 20% to 30%. The share of e-commerce in the total retail trade by 2022 will be 2.6%. Due to digitalization, up to 300 thousand jobs will be created during this period. The share of public services presented in electronic form will increase to 80% of the total volume of public services.

According to preliminary estimates, the direct effect of the digitalization of the economy by 2025 will create an additional value of 1.7-2.2 trillion tenge (up to $6.6 billion).

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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