French entrepreneurs to implement their startup projects in Kazakhstan
Dauren Abayev is sure that France and Kazakhstan have huge potential to develop economic relations in the area of digitalization.
The French-Kazakh business forum 'Digital economy' has started in Astana, BNews.kz correspondent reports.
Opening the Forum, Kazakh Minister of Information and Communications Dauren Abayev told about the significance of the cooperation between Kazakhstan and France in digital technologies.
"Solid strategic relations have been established between Kazakhstan and France over 20 years. Firstly, it involves relations between the heads of state. The meeting of Mr Macron and Nursultan Nazarbayev had been recently held. I am absolutely sure that the meeting will be a new impetus to develop our bilateral relations. Kazakhstan and France have created a solid layer of bilateral relations during this period. One of the leaders of these relations is 'Total' company. I am totally certain that our states have huge potential to further develop economic relations, and mostly implies technological, IT-projects," said the Minister.
According to Abayev, as of today, France is the leader of technological novelties in Europe.
"This interaction will be useful to Kazakhstan. We are now in the building that on 5 October will be an international hub. The ecosystem that will enable to further develop our relations will be up here," said Dauren Abayev.
In addition, the head of the Kazakh Ministry of Information and Communications mentioned the national programme 'Digital Kazakhstan' and its priority points.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Kazakhstan Philippe Martinet shared what way the European state intended to achieve a goal to become a leader in digital technologies and economy.
"While Kazakhstan implements the ambitious digital strategy, we would like to assist the Ministry of Information and Communications in all digital ecosystems. This Forum is an opportunity to consider the themes of management, industrialization, education, healthcare, finances, taking into account the latest innovations. Digitalization is not a sector, but a revolution, the transformation of our investment model that is changed by innovations, consumption and reflection," said the Ambassador.
According to Philippe Martinet, digitalization contributes a 71% growth to French enterprises.
"The main priority is to make France a champion in a digital revolution in the interest of citizens. For instance, we plan to reach 100% in digitalizing all administrative requests by 2022. France's aim is to coincide with the aim of Kazakhstan, so it is important to organize these measures as soon as possible. In France, there are many start-ups, their number has equalled to 10 thousand. We hope our start-ups move to Kazakhstan, as French start-ups demonstrate the increasing turnover on the international arena and break records for attracting funds. So, our young entrepreneurs attracted 35 million euros in September 2018," said Philippe Martinet.
Also, within the Forum a presentation of the book 'Estonia. An electronic government in practice' was held.