$ 578 million US dollars accounted for the total economic effect of digitalization in Kazakhstan in 2018
Monday, 17 June 2019 12:49

This became known during the international conference "IDC CIO Summit 2019", which takes place these days in the capital of Kazakhstan.

As the vice-minister of digital development, defense and aerospace industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan Ablaykhan Ospanov, said that this was possible thanks to the state program Digital Kazakhstan in the country since 2018, speaking at the opening ceremony of the conference. Thus, as part of the digitization of economic sectors, today projects are being implemented to introduce innovative technologies at the enterprises of the mining and metallurgical complex and oil refineries. The project “Intellectual field” was scaled; work is underway to create 7 model digital factories.

Another area that is actively developing in the framework of the digitization of the economy and the creation of an innovation ecosystem is the sphere of e-commerce. In 2018 in Kazakhstan, the volume of trade in this area increased by 1.5 times, exceeding $ 700 million, and amounted to 2.9% of the total retail trade.

“The success of the digital transformation of any enterprise requires an effective strategy and the introduction of digital technologies and innovations. This task falls to the CIO, the person responsible for both integration with global digitalization processes and business processes within individual enterprises. To speed up digital transformations, it is important to involve the entire top management of a company or organization in joint activities, to develop partnerships at the regional level, including through expanding ties between digital leaders and establishing communications at such sites”, - said Ablaykhan Ospanov.

According to the organizers of the «IDC CIO Summit 2019», by 2020, 30% of global companies will allocate 10% of their income to digital transformations, treating them as a long-term investment, which emphasizes the significance of these changes at the strategic management level and the impact on sustainable development.

 

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The global series of IDC conferences annually gathers specialists to discuss current tasks of ensuring information security and the development of IT infrastructure in enterprises.

CIO (Chief Information Officer) - Chief Information Officer, Informatization Manager - an employee of a high-ranking company responsible for introducing new technologies, managing information resources. The most closely related to this concept in Russian are the definitions of IT director, head of IT department.

 

 

Military helicopters N-145M plan to produce in Kazakhstan
Tuesday, 11 June 2019 17:42

 

This became known during the VIII meeting of the Kazakh-French commission on cooperation in the field of weapons. The construction of military helicopters will be established on the basis of «Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering» LLP. Note that so far military helicopters have not been produced in Kazakhstan. In addition, this production will be the only one in Central Asia - in this regard, on the basis of this enterprise, it is planned to conduct servicing of helicopters of this class, including those in service with other states in the region.

The main focus of the meeting was on increasing investment and technology transfer for the production of promising types of weapons and military equipment in the interests of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan and third countries.

The Commission, chaired by Talgat Zhanzhumenov, First Vice-Minister of Digital Development, Defense and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan, was attended by representatives of government agencies and defense enterprises of Kazakhstan and more than ten defense companies of France, which are world leaders in the military industry: Nexter, Safran, Thales, Airbus and others. The French delegation was headed by a representative of the Ministry of the Armed Forces of France, General-Engineer for Armament Tom Lern.

Among the most important results of the two-day work, also reached agreements with Safran about assembling survey systems for Russian and European type helicopters, as well as organizing the production and service of aviation electronics for SU-30SM airplanes.

During the negotiations, particular attention was paid to the prospects for cooperation in the fields of cyber security and digital development. The parties agreed to continue expanding mutually beneficial cooperation in the military-technical sphere and attracting mutual investments.

Following the meeting of the Commission, a Protocol was signed.

Reference: «Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering» LLP is a joint venture established in April 2011, on behalf of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The helicopter assembly project is carried out on a parity basis: JSC «National Company Kazakhstan Engineering» and «Airbus Helicopters» are the only plant in the CIS on the assembly of EC145 helicopters, and the first training center with the Russian language of instruction. The aim of the joint venture of «Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering» LLP is to meet the needs of helicopters in the region, the assembly and maintenance of helicopters, as well as training of technicians and pilots.

The products of the Kazakhstan’s defense industry enterprises are presented at the exhibition as part of the Vth International Symposium of the United Nations on partnership in technology for peacekeeping
Thursday, 30 May 2019 10:30

Military equipment and weapons with the label "Made in Kazakhstan" aroused great interest among the participants of the Symposium. International experts not only inspected the finished products, but also visited Kazakhstan’s enterprises.

The theme of this year’s Symposium is “Forecast. Protection. Prevention”, the participants focused on the following topics: BigData and cybersecurity, new technologies and environmental responsibility, telemedicine, improving peacekeeping intelligence practices, countering improvised explosive devices and other threats.

The event was attended by UN Under-Secretaries-General for Peacekeeping Operations – Jean-Pierre Lacroix and field support - A. Hare, the leadership of international organizations such as the CSTO, NATO, the European Union and the African Union (UN partners in peacekeeping operations), representatives of civil society, academia. In total, the event was attended by representatives of 70 countries.

Representatives of the international community involved in UN peacekeeping, explored partnership options and held a series of talks with enterprises of the defense industry of Kazakhstan. In addition, they familiarized themselves with product samples of the domestic military industrial complex produced by 26 domestic manufacturers, both during the exhibition organized by the Ministry of digital development, defense and aerospace industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and during a visit to enterprises.The UN delegation visited the enterprise “Kazakhstan Aselsan Engineering”, which fulfills the tasks of the defense industry for the production of electronic and optical products, as well as the largest enterprise in Central Asia for the production of modern armored wheeled vehicles “Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering”. As Talgat Zhanzhumenov, First Vice-Minister of the MDDDAI of the RK, noted during the visit, Kazakhstan’s enterprises of the military-industrial complex, fulfilling the tasks of providing the army and special structures with equipment and machinery, are also ready to expand the product line and are able to compete in the international equipment market and weapons.

The UN mission experts showed particular interest in armored wheeled vehicles “Arlan” and “Barys”, developed using MRAP technology (anti-mine protection technology), night-vision devices, mobile hospital / mobile medical groups systems with military technique, equipped by medical tools.

Taking into account modern trends and challenges, the participants of the Symposium also visited the international technopark of IT start-ups Astana Hub, where Askhat Orazbek, the Vice-Minister of the MDDDAI of the RK, shared Kazakhstan's experience in using BigData and cybersecurity.

Along with this, a business seminar will be held in the cities of Nur-Sultan and Almaty with the participation of procurement experts of the UNPD (United Nations Development Program, organizing in the UN system for rendering free and non-political assistance to Member States in the field of development). During the seminars, the UN procurement procedures, evaluation criteria and supplier registration procedures, potential defense markets will be explained to representatives of the domestic defense industry.

 

 

United Nations ready to buy military equipment and weapons of Kazakhstan for peacekeeping missions
Wednesday, 29 May 2019 10:40

Provision of military equipment and thermal imaging equipment for UN peacekeeping missions, cooperation in the field of satellite monitoring, as well as increased interaction in the field of digitalization and telemedicine. These issues were identified as priorities during the meeting of the Minister of digital development, defense and aerospace industry of Kazakhstan Askar Zhumagaliyev with the UN Under-Secretary General for Field Support Atul Hare. The meeting was also attended by the Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the UN, Kairat Umarov and the Permanent Representative of the UN in Kazakhstan, Shimura Norimas.

The proposal of the UN Under-Secretary General on the use of Kazakhstan’s military equipment in UN peacekeeping missions, the meeting participants welcomed, stressing that our country has significant potential and desire to strengthen cooperation in this direction.

“Today a sufficient number of enterprises producing military technique and equipment, including armored cars, helicopters, thermal imaging equipment, weapons and ammunition, operate in Kazakhstan. And we, of course, are interested in this military potential serving the cause of preserving peace”, noted Askar Zhumagaliyev.

The balanced foreign policy of our country, the significant peacemaking experience of Kazakhstan, both in the format of military missions and as a dialogue platform at the international level, is highly appreciated by the UN. Therefore, we intend to strengthen cooperation with Kazakhstan in many aspects, including at the business level. In particular, Atul Hare noted that they planned to hold business seminars for the next few days to raise awareness of entrepreneurs about participation opportunities in procurement programs conducted by the United Nations.

Note that members of a high delegation arrived in Kazakhstan to participate in
V International Symposium on Technology Partnership for Peacekeeping. The main topic of the Symposium is “Forecast. Protection. Prevention”, and it will raise issues of introducing innovative technologies for UN peacekeeping missions, the possibilities of an international partnership for those involved in peacekeeping operations and a joint study of topical issues in this area.

 

In Kazakhstan was made a presentation of a multi-purpose, middle-class aircraft, produced in Russia, which in the future could replace the An-2 and An-26 aircraft.
Tuesday, 28 May 2019 12:22

The main technical characteristics and operational parameters of the aircraft produced by “Ural Civil Aviation Plant” JSC were presented to representatives of the central government agencies of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Civil Aviation Committee, the State Forest Guard Service, air ambulance, security forces, etc.

During the meeting, the technical characteristics of multi-purpose aircraft of small and middle class L-410, designed for 19 seats, and L-610 with 40 seats were presented. These types of aircraft are applicable as a cargo, ambulance and landing mode of transport.

The meeting was held in the framework of the implementation of the plan for bilateral cooperation in the field of industrial and scientific-technical cooperation of enterprises between the Ministry of digital development, defense and aerospace industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.

Talgat Zhanzhumenov, First Vice-Minister of digital development, defense and aerospace industry of Kazakhstan, also met with members of the delegation of the civil aviation plant. According to him, the department on an ongoing basis studies modern models of weapons and military equipment, products that contribute to the tasks of ensuring the country's defense and livelihoods of the state. At the same time, special attention is paid to promising projects that can be implemented in our country, on the basis of Kazakhstan enterprises together with foreign partners. In particular, if there is interest in these types of aircraft from the Kazakh government bodies organizing the assembly of these aircraft, or repairing and maintaining them, it will be possible to establish in Kazakhstan because the market of our country is one of the most promising and most attractive for Russians.

On the margins of AEF-2019, Askar Zhumagaliyev held a number of bilateral meetings.
Tuesday, 21 May 2019 11:59

Educational projects, Data analytics and biometric identification. The prospects for further expansion of cooperation in these and a number of other areas were discussed during Askar Zhumagaliyev’s bilateral meetings with representatives of international organizations and large transnational companies, on the fields of the XII Astana Economic Forum.

Mr. Askar Zhumagaliyev spoke about key areas of activity of the Ministry with the Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, Assistant Administrator and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS - Mirjana Spolarich Egger. The interlocutors agreed that digitalization plays an important role in the country's innovative development and noted the importance of developing cooperation in this area.

The implementation of a large-scale project on data analytics was the topic of discussion with experts from the World Bank. Especially investors are interested in the project "Smart Data Ukimet". In this regard, Askar Zhumagaliyev stressed that:

 

“We consider the “Smart Data Ukimet” project very important. It involves the formation of a single big data space. Creating such a base in the future will help to use artificial intelligence to analyze information, improve planning and development of a set of scenario forecasting models”.

At the site of the Astana Economic Forum, Askar Zhumagaliyev also met with the leadership of “Cisco”, “Idemia”, “China Transinfo Technology Co.”, and “Hexagon”. The parties discussed the prospects for possible cooperation and agreed to exchange relevant materials.

 

Minister of Digital development, defense and aerospace industry of the RK Askar Zhumagaliyev met with Ambassador of Kingdom of Spain in the RK D.Karriedo Thomas.
Wednesday, 08 May 2019 17:29

During the meeting the issues of cooperation between enterprises of defense industrial complex of both countries were discussed.

We have to examine in detail suggestions of Spanish companies in the spheres of aerospace and defense industry,  so far as this  spectrum includes in it equipment, technique, as a program maintenance and modern technological  solutions in sphere of ensuring of cyber safety and development of conception on management of “smart” cities and productions. I gave  relevant instructions on studying of effective innovational technologies of world leaders of defense industrial spheres, I am sure, further work will be contribute not only to the development of the complex of enterprise and transfer of technologies, but also to the strengthening of diplomatic relations of Kazakhstan with other countries”,- noted during the meeting Askar Zhumagaliyev.

Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain in the RK Karriedo Thomas David Arturo operates in Kazakhstan in a new capacity from October, 2018. As speaker noted, from the Embassy side full support will be provided for Kazakhstan-Spanish relations in several directions, including in the sphere of military-technical cooperation.

By the way, there is observed a high interest of representatives of defense-industrial enterprises of Spain to the International exhibition of weapons and military-technical property KADEX, holding in Kazakhstan, as to potential area for presentation of production, designated for export.

 

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From 2005 till III quarter of 2018 gross inflow of direct investments from Spain into a Kazakhstan was 205,4 mln.US doll., gross outflow of direct investments into an economy of Spain – 31,1 mln. US doll. The volume of trade 2018 is 2,041 mlrd.US dollars.

The majority of exports from Kazakhstan to Spain are oil and its derivatives, copper, lead, iron and steel products, and grain. In 2018, Kazakhstan ranked 6th among the suppliers of oil and its derivatives to Spain. Machinery and electrical equipment, metal products, textiles, footwear, chemical and pharmaceutical products, etc. are imported from Spain to Kazakhstan.

In the Kazakhstan market, Spanish companies are represented in the field of railway transport and infrastructure, the supply of military transport aircraft, the civil engineering industry, the development of security equipment, the military-technical and civilian sector, the development of information technology, and trade. In addition, on a systematic basis, the possibilities of sharing financial and investment tools to support the business of the two countries, assistance in the sectors of telecommunications, tourism, the agri-food industry and "green energy" are being studied. Long-term relations between the countries also influenced the development of joint projects in the cultural and educational spheres.

 

 

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Atamkulov B. B. 
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