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The central proposition of this report is that Kazakhstan is in pole position to become the digital hub of Central Asia through the creation of a Digital Solutions Centre (DSC). Kazakhstan has already made progress towards a digital transformation with its whole-of-government approach to e-government following models such as Republic of Korea’s National Information Society Agency (NIA) and Singapore’s GovTech which set the pace for the rest of the economy and society to follow. A DSC would focus on evidenced-based research and recommendations to policy-makers for the adoption of emerging digital technologies across the whole of the economy, what can be called the supply value chain (SVC), addressing issues such as digital agriculture, the automation of industry 4.0 through the networked use and management of process sensors and the Internet of Things, intelligent transport networks and digital customs, a national QR code for the digitalisation of financial services and payment systems, and the adoption of internationally-recognized digital standards to promote digital trade and investment. A DSC would accelerate Kazakhstan’s digital transformation in all sectors, including areas such as social welfare, an interoperable health system, online lifetime education services in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic and progress towards the social development goals (SDGs), especially those associated with green digitalisation, renewables, and energy conservation.

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