WEF Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution opened in Kazakhstan
The Astana International Financial Center (AIFC) together with the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan (ICRIAP RK) launched an affiliated center of the fourth industrial revolution in Kazakhstan. This was announced at a special session of Astana Finance Days, the Kapital.kz business information center reports .
“The affiliated center of the fourth industrial revolution will unite government agencies, business and industrial partners of Central Asia to develop regulatory standards and implement innovative projects. Thanks to international cooperation, the Kazakhstani business community, as well as the AIFC participants, will be able to establish business partnerships with the EEF participants and become part of the global network of the forum, ”said AIFC Governor Kairat Kelimbetov during the event.
Suma Chakrabarti, Freelance Adviser to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Economic Development, noted that Kazakhstan has already taken a leading role in Central Asia in terms of development and implementation of technologies. Therefore, the AIFC is “the right institutional home for the center of the fourth industrial revolution”.
“And most importantly, the center can support the diversification of the Kazakh economy, and this is the most important strategic priority for the country,” added Suma Chakrabarti.
At the same time, he noted that technologies need to be introduced responsibly, understanding the effect they have. This is precisely the role of the fourth industrial revolution to balance all their benefits and risks.
“Technology must work for the benefit of all walks of life, and as part of this goal, I am very pleased to note that the focus of the center will also include regulation. In any market economy, regulation should be critical in order to ensure equal rules for citizens, companies, government agencies, but at the same time it should not be tough and suppress innovation and technological change, ”said the freelance adviser to the President of Kazakhstan.
Minister of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bagdat Musin identified three important components that the state should pay attention to.
“First, it is necessary to deploy the appropriate communications infrastructure. For the "Internet of Things", the introduction of robotization and artificial intelligence in production, a high-quality Internet is needed, perhaps even 5G. It is important to use international experience in this direction, ”he explained.
Secondly, according to him, it is worth enlisting the support of the international community, using international experience in the field of training and retraining of domestic professionals, so that specialists are ready for the transition to the fourth industrial revolution and can improve their skills and competencies.
Third, motivation and incentives from the state are important: whether it be tax preferences, standardization of regulation, or co-investment. That is, it is necessary to form an appropriate package of favorable conditions and offer it to enterprises, the minister emphasized.
“I think that the center will just help the government formulate this package correctly, including adopting the experience of leading foreign countries and applying it in practice,” summed up Bagdat Musin.
World Economic Forum President Borge Brende noted that the launch of the center in Kazakhstan is an important event for the competitiveness and prosperity of the country's economy in the future.
According to him, currently there are 14 such centers around the world, and Kazakhstan is now not only a part of the international network, but also a pioneer in Eurasia.
“By joining the global network of the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Kazakhstan is ready to declare to the world that it will introduce new technologies that are people-centered, inclusive and governed by fair principles,” concluded Borge Brende.
The affiliate center is expected to have access to all regulatory analysis and practical experience concentrated within a global platform, as well as to a leading worldwide network of regulators, companies and experts in technology fields such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, autonomous and urban mobility, blockchain and distributed ledger technologies, data policy, drones and the airspace of tomorrow, the internet of things, robotics and smart cities.
According to the Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the creation of the center of the fourth industrial revolution will allow:
Jointly design management tools and methodologies for solving specific problems associated with new technologies in Kazakhstan - which will be created and tested as soon as possible according to the methodology of the center.
Receive unique information about new forms of management and ways to use technology, allowing decision-makers to act ahead of the curve.
Strengthen the role of Kazakhstan as one of the world leaders committed to innovation and the introduction of new technologies that matter to society.
Attract business to Kazakhstan through the network of the world's leading partner companies of the World Economic Forum.
Connect with cutting-edge technology innovators as well as experts developing new governance models for the fourth industrial revolution.
Facilitate the development of future leaders by sending representatives of Kazakhstan to other centers, as well as develop a community of future-oriented professionals from business, academia and civil society within the country.
Get access to innovative campuses in the jurisdictions where the centers are located; invite partner country delegations, including key experts from the region, to their center for collaboration and events.
Send the delegation of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the International Summit on Technology Regulation, an exclusive new event of the World Economic Forum for technology leaders, as well as participate in the creation of its program.
Participate in the Global Councils for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, leading communities of government, corporate, community and technology leaders who collectively lead six key emerging technologies within the Councils.