On February 1-3, Kazakhstan signed several memorandums of understanding on exporting its government technology (GovTech) solutions during the Digital Almaty 2024 forum. 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. This is not the first time that Kazakhstan has exported its e-government components; in December, some components were exported to Tajikistan under a similar memorandum of cooperation.
In addition to the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, 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. 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 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.