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An In­ter­na­tional Fo­rum “In­no­va­tions for the Dig­i­tal Cen­tral Asia” took place Septem­ber 25 in Tashkent.

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - TODAY IN UZBEKISTAN - El­dor Sat­torov

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.

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