Toward Intellectual World
An International Forum “Innovations for the Digital Central Asia” took place September 25 in Tashkent.
The event was organized by the Development Strategy Center and Huawei on the second Innovation Day held annually by the company in Central Asia. About 200 representatives of public and international organizations, the sphere of production and scientific circles took part in the forum.
The forum sought to contribute to the development of the digital economy in Central Asia, including Uzbekistan, to digitize the activities of public organizations, ensure the country’s participation in the global innovation rating, and provide detailed information on ‘smart’ technologies and services provided by Huawei.
In particular, the experts spoke about eliminating the backlog in the development of telecommunications infrastructure of Uzbekistan, attracting investments into the sphere, introducing new innovative technologies in manufacturing industry, tourism, transport and other sectors, boosting the foreign economic activities of the countries of the region through the advancement of digital economy.
“The organization of this forum in this country owes to the rapid development of new technologies here,” said the Huawei president for Central Asia and the Caucasus, James Chan. “Our company has marked the Innovation Day since 2013 in a number of developing countries, including Central Asia. The widespread introduction of innovations and ‘smart’ technologies along with improving the people’s lives positively effects the pace of development. At this forum, we intend to share new experiences for the digital development of Uzbekistan.”
James Chan also stressed that priority in this area should be given to such sectors as tourism and transport. He called for speedy digitization of the internal processes of public agencies, and then gradually move on to the introduction of e-government of cities. Huawei is ready in this direction to work with local operators and partners.
“In our country, the Innovative Development Strategy for 2019-2021 and a roadmap for its implementation have been developed,” said Akmal Burkhanov, director of the Center for Development Strategy. “This document also assumes Uzbekistan’s joining the ranks of 50 advanced nations according to the Global Innovation Index rating. The present forum, without any doubt, will afford a powerful impetus to the breakthrough innovative development of Uzbekistan and the entire Central Asian region.”
Huawei Innovation Day has become a platform for conducting a comprehensive dialogue among key stakeholders involved in the digital ecosystem of Central Asia. This year, high-ranking officials of the region, including representatives of the ICT ministries of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, gathered to discuss prospects of the sphere.
In order to support the development of the digital economy in our country, Huawei and the Tashkent University of Information Technologies jointly presented the “Talented People Training Program in Uzbekistan’. Under the terms of the project, over the next three years, Huawei will work with the university to train 1,000 young ICT talents through online learning. In general, the project called “Seeds for the Future” aims to support e-government, the development of communication infrastructure, digitalization in industry and other areas.