During the Digital Almaty 2024 forum held from Feb. 1-3, Kazakhstan signed several memorandums of understanding on exporting its government technology (GovTech) solutions. These IT solutions, including Smart Bridge, the Unified Platform for Internet Resources of Government Agencies, and the Smart Data Ukimet information and analytical system, will now be extended to the Kyrgyz Republic. In December, some components of Kazakhstan’s e-government were exported to Tajikistan under a similar memorandum of cooperation.
Kazakhstan also agreed on information and communication technology cooperation with Sierra Leone and Togo during the forum. 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. She noted that 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.
These ongoing GovTech export initiatives align with President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s task set in 2021 to bring the export of IT services to $1 billion by 2026. With this goal in mind, Kazakhstan is consistently changing its raw materials focus from traditional exports to high-tech sectors, allowing it to tap into new markets.