Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev recently highlighted the potential growth within Uzbekistan’s burgeoning IT sector. In his address, he identified numerous untapped opportunities, underscoring the bright future of this rapidly evolving industry in the nation. The following sections delve into the key prospects and the strategic steps the country is taking to develop a robust and competitive IT landscape.
The projects tested in Tashkent are set to be implemented across all regions. The Digital Geoportal, the digital portal for housing and communal services, and the People’s Control system have already been launched in the capital. The Department of Digital Development in the city’s Khokimiyat will be transferred to the Ministry of Digital Technologies to facilitate digitalization nationwide.
Efforts are concentrated on fully digitalizing and integrating business processes and fundamental services for the population. For instance, by harmonizing databases from schools, kindergartens, civil registries, and internal affairs departments, 4,000 unnecessary classes were optimized, saving 350 billion soums.
Digitalization aims to ensure happiness, human dignity, and justice. The Ministry of Digital Technologies has been tasked with connecting 26 information systems to the Unified Portal of Public Services and expanding the number of services.
President Mirziyoyev emphasized the importance of training young people in information technologies, providing favorable conditions for work, and supporting the market for products developed by these youths.
Over the past couple of years, 215 IT training centers have been opened, offering financial benefits to graduates. Subsidies of up to 25 million soums will be provided for each graduate in a company exporting products and up to 35 million soums for each employed specialist with disabilities. IT certificate holders will have access to preferential loans for computer purchases.
The “One Million Programmers” project has succeeded, with many IT park specialists being program graduates. Training opportunities will be expanded, and the most talented individuals will be trained for the international IT market under a separate program.
The meeting also discussed increasing industry exports, with a target of $300 million this year. Efforts will focus on creating additional conditions to attract orders from abroad, including establishing a Center of Digital Financial Technologies for foreign companies in the IT park.
In conclusion, Uzbekistan is demonstrating a proactive and strategic approach to harness the potential of the IT industry. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s plans for digitization align with the country’s ambition to build a strong and competitive IT landscape. The emphasis on youth training, investment in IT infrastructure, and incentives for employment in the sector underscore the government’s commitment to fostering a vibrant digital economy.
The initiatives to increase industry exports and attract foreign investments further represent strategic steps towards establishing Uzbekistan as a competent player in the global IT market. These concerted efforts aim to boost the economy and enhance the quality of life for its citizens by making services more accessible and efficient through digitization.