16:39 / 25.12.2021
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Digital profile of a citizen’s passport to appear in Uzbekistan

On December 24, the President got acquainted with the presentation of projects for the development of the field of information and communication technologies.

Photo: Presidential press service

As the presidential press service reported, now more than 100 IT schools have been organized locally, and more than 500 thousand young people have taken programming courses within the framework of the Million Programmers project. Since the creation of IT parks, the industry’s export volume has increased 50 times and reached $40 million. The number of park residents increased from 147 to 500, and more than 300 new companies were opened. 8,500 highly paid jobs have been created in IT parks.

In continuation of this work, plans have been developed to bring the sphere to a new level of development. In particular, it is planned to increase the volume of exports of services in IT-parks to $80 million by establishing close partnerships with major exporters. It is planned to increase the share of the digital economy in the gross domestic product and provide benefits in the field of electronic services.

During the presentation, the proposed measures in this direction were considered.

Photo: Presidential press service

The head of state pointed out that there are all opportunities for increasing the volume of IT services next year by 35% – up to 21 trillion soums, and expanding the scale of the provision of programming services. It was instructed to speed up the opening of an artificial intelligence center, to simplify the procedure for attracting IT specialists from abroad.

In addition, the Ministry of ICT Development was tasked with increasing the speed of Internet channels by 1.8 times next year and installing an additional 1 million ports for broadband access. This will allow covering all settlements with mobile communications and broadband Internet.  

“The President stressed that new technologies should primarily serve to improve the comfort of life. In recent years, more than 300 government services have been converted to electronic form, and in this year alone they have been used 16 million times. Next year, the share of services provided through a single interactive portal of public services will increase to 60%,” the statement reads.

Photo: Presidential press service

The presentation told about another innovation – a digital passport profile of a citizen in the form of a gov pass application. This application, installed on a smartphone, will contain digital versions of many documents, such as a passport, diploma, work book, driver’s license. That is, the citizen will have all the documents with him, on the phone, which will save time and money, reduce paperwork and bureaucracy.

Particular attention was paid to the implementation of the Safe City system. The task has been set to fully launch it by 2026. The head of state also instructed to strengthen the sources of financing for the development of the industry.

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