ICT Week 2016 was held in close partnership with UNDP in UzbekistanSep 23, 2016
From September 19 to 23, the main event in the area of information technologies and communication in Uzbekistan - annual “ICT WEEK Uzbekistan” was held in Tashkent. The key events of the Week – ICT SUMMIT and ICT FORUM – featured heads of public administration bodies, businesses, organizations in the ICT sphere, as well as foreign experts and representatives of international organizations, IT companies and more than 800 listeners.
The Week was started with ICT SUMMIT, which was attended by 300 participants at the premises of International Business Center. First Deputy Minister of Development of Information Technologies and Communications of the Republic of Uzbekistan Mr.Alisher Fayzullaev UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan Mr.Stefan Prisner, Head of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau of the International Telecommunication Union Mr.Chae Sub Lee, Huawei Director-General Mr.Van Peni and Development Director of the Grid sphere ZTE Mr. James Tien Xiang welcomed Summit participants.
During the opening speech Mr. Stefan Prisner characterized the ICT Summit as a great occasion and initiative, which allows uniting experts from the different countries and different sectors to discuss key trends and prospects of ICT development.
The Week was continued by the ICT Forum – the two-day event devoted to discussion of the most important and actual issues in IT and E-Government. During its first day three parallel sections were organized on "E-Government in Uzbekistan", "Internet forum" and "Digital Economy".
The section "E-Government Uzbekistan" was opened by Bunyod Avliyokulov, manager of the UNDP Project “Promotion of E-Government to improve the quality of public services”, which is a co-organizer of the section. During his presentation on the actual issues of providing e-government services to the population achieved results in integrating ICT to public administration, progress made by Uzbekistan in the UN Ranking on electronic government, as well as the main objectives of transforming government services to electronic format were highlighted. Particular attention was given to the Index of electronic participation, where Uzbekistan increased its positions by 24 line items in 2016. During the discussions part the priority directions of developing e-government services, such as implementation of the "complete government" principle, transactional and geo-information services, facilitation of e-participation and improvement of the open data quality were defined.
Access to the state services was then further discussed during the presentation of Bakhodir Bekov, who is the representative of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the "Business Forum Uzbekistan" UNDP project. During his speech special attention was given to the “One-stop-shop” centers, visually demonstrating the process of rendering the state services through them, as well as pointing measures taken to resolve institutional issues in improving the quality and access to the state services.
Speakers from international organizations, such as the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, KOICA and the others included experts from the Republic of Korea, Ukraine, India, Azerbaijan, who shared their experience in functioning “One-stop-shop” centers, digital signature and public procurement abroad.
Ms.Leyla Sadiq, an expert on open data from the UNDP Regional office in Eastern Europe and Central Asia shared international experience in this area. Her presentation revealed the basic principles of open data, such as completeness and timeliness, availability and usefulness, comparability and compatibility for increase in management efficiency, all-round development and implementation of innovations.
The Open data were further discussed during the presentation of Mr. Mirzokhid Karshiyev, an expert of the UNDP Project "Local Governance Support Programme", who talked about the introducing and improvement of regional open data in Uzbekistan based on the case of Tashkent region, as well as shared his view on the prospective in this direction.
Additional attention was paid to the ways of expansion of e-participation during the discussion of projects on regulatory legal acts (electronic rule-making). Farrukh Karabayev, manager of the "Support to the Enhancement of Law-making, Rule-making and Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA)" UNDP project shared experience of Uzbekistan and other foreign countries in this sphere.
During the "E-Government in Uzbekistan" section, such topics as an electronic identification, information systems and "smart" decisions to enhance provision of state services were also covered.
UNDP Representatives also took part in other sections of the ICT-Forum: "Internet forum", "Digital economy" and Startup-Conference of "STARTUP MIX".
Therefore, Ilkhom Khamidov, specialist in legal issues of the "“Promotion of E-Government to improve the quality of public services” UNDP project reported on the development of a national Internet segment and copyright compliance within the "Internet forum" section.
On September 23, the conference "Role of modern ICT in increasing efficiency of public administration and ensuring openness of activities" was organizes within the ICT Week, where UNDP representative Mr. Ilkhom Khamidov presented "Enhancement of the Legislation for Ensuring Effective Activities of the Electronic Government".
During the closing ceremony of the “ICT WEEK Uzbekistan 2016”, with the initiative and support of UNDP, the Ministry for Development of Information Technologies and Communications of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the «Electronic Government» system development center the state agencies, which could make the greatest progress in integrating the concept of open data and electronic services in their activities, were awarded with special prizes.
Therefore, Municipality of the Tashkent region won the first place in nomination "Open State Data in Public Authorities on Places", the second prize was awarded to the Tashkent City municipality and the third – to Jizzakh region. Within the nomination "Interactive State Services" the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan was recognized as a first place winner, the second prizes was awarded to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan, and the third – Joint-Stock Commercial National Bank of the Republic of Uzbekistan.