Kazakhstan on the Verge of Leading in GovTech Technology Exports

Kazakhstan’s Digital Diplomacy: Sharing GovTech Solutions and Paving the Way for Export Opportunities in Africa

Kazakhstan signed several memorandums of understanding on exporting its government technology (GovTech) solutions during the Digital Almaty 2024 forum held from Feb. 1-3, as reported by Profit.kz on Feb. 13. 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 addition to the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan also agreed on information and communication technology cooperation with Sierra Leone and Togo.

Kazakhstan’s reputation as a “big open-source country” willing to share digital systems and platforms was highlighted by Salima Mornorna Bah, Minister of Communication, Technology, and Innovation of Sierra Leone during the signing of the memorandum with her country. She noted that this cooperation 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 to bring the export of IT services to $1 billion by 2026. With this, Kazakhstan’s raw materials focus of exports is consistently changing to high-tech sectors, allowing the country to tap into new markets.

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