Digital Uzbekistan 2030 Strategy

On October 5, 2020, Uzbekistan issued a presidential decree on the implementation of a development strategy for a data-based digital economy that aims to provide adequate public services to citizens and corporations and create an environment that is conducive to business innovation (No.PF-6079 “On approval of the Digital Uzbekistan-2030 Strategy and measures for its effective implementation”).
Digital Uzbekistan-2030: presentation materials
Presidential Decree project

 1. Roadmap for further improving the provision of electronic government services
   - Improving the system for the provision of public services
   - Introduction of at least 20 mobile services in social sphere
   - Improvement of public e-participation system

 2. Roadmap on improving the mechanisms of duties, fees and fines payment
  - Connecting more than 40 Government bodies to the single billing system
  - The possibility of introduction of at least 20 mobile services in social sphere
  - Improving the system of public e-participation in activities of government organizations

 3. Sectoral and regional programs of digital transformation
  - Introduction of information systems and software products at enterprise
  - Integration of information systems and government data basses with Open Data Portal
  - Education and training in the field of information technologies of more than 12k government employees
The following key initiatives per area were proposed for the implementation of Digital Uzbekistan-2030. The initiatives are comprised of tasks that will be completed between 2020 and 2022 for the digital conversion of regions and businesses and encompass telecommunications infrastructure, local data systems, industries, implementation system, digital affairs officer, and personnel cultivation/training.
Digital Uzbekistan-2030: Key initiatives per area (2020-2022)
Content of initiative
Securing of telecommunications infrastructure Distribute 2.5 million broadband Internet terminals, install 20,000 kilometers of optical fiber telecommunication lines, and expand the proportion of national territory that is covered by the communications network from 78% to 95%.
Promotion of regional development Establish at least 400 data systems for regional socioeconomic advancement.
Promotion of industrial development Establish at least 280 data systems for the automation of corporate management, production, and distribution.
Restructuring of implementation system Designate the Ministry for Development of Information Technologies and Communications (MITC), Ministry of Justice, and affiliated institutions as the bodies responsible for digital conversion.
Designation of digital affairs officer Define the responsibilities of the digital affairs officer, designate digital affairs officers for central/local administrative bodies, and create a task delegation system.
Provision of programming education Train one million programmers and provide computer programming education to 587,000 citizens (including 500,000 teens).
Cultivation of personnel Sign contracts with higher-level learning institutions for increasing digital capabilities and conduct ICT capability-building programs for 12,000 public servants of central and local administrative bodies.
Also, the Digital Uzbekistan-2030 roadmap was finalized, which outlines key objectives per sector (e-government, digital industry, digital education, and infrastructure).
Digital Uzbekistan-2030: Roadmap
Roadmap items
E-government 1Issue ID cards to the public.
2Make data related to procurement, patents, pharmaceuticals, public transportation, and land publicly available.
3Enable e-payment of taxes, commission fees, and fines.
Digital industry 1Create industrial complex (in Uzbekistan) that is tailored to ICT companies.
2Conduct digital conversion of bank services.
Digital education 1Provide subsidies for acquiring international technology-related certifications.
2Open a digital technology training center.
3Establish at least 200 technical schools.
Infrastructure 1Guarantee data speed of 10MB/s by 2020.
2Provide ultra-high-speed Internet at tourist attractions.
A strategic planning committee was created for the implementation of Digital Uzbekistan-2030, with Prime Minister A. N. Aripov as the chair and a total of 26 members, including the ministers of the MITC and Ministry of Finance. The committee defined its main roles and responsibilities and created a working-level team to carry out tasks for the digital conversion roadmap.

Furthermore, to establish a strategic foundation, digital education facilities will be established in 13 districts by December 2020 to provide digital edu- cation to children, teens, and public servants. Efforts are also being made to secure the cooperation of prominent foreign corporations for the devel- opment of Uzbekistan’s digital economy. To achieve this end, the Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade and MITC will procure five percent of the budget (for Digital Uzbekistan-2030), starting on November 1, 2020, from international finance institutions and foreign governments in the form of grants and credit aid.

The main operating principles of Digital Uzbekistan-2030 are as follows:
  • Manage data on public data projects and government-introduced ICT products through an electronic platform.C
  • Realize a paperless (e-document) administrative foundation and achieve the innovation of government tasks through digital technologies.
  • Guarantee interoperability of e-government services for a wide range of devices (mobile phones, etc.).
  • Guarantee openness and transparency of the government (improve availability of public data, etc.)
  • Guarantee security of digital infrastructure, data, and documents per institution.
  • Make active use of new technologies (AR/VR, AI, encryption, machine learning, big data, cloud, etc.).
  • Provide support for the development of promising new technologies, entrepreneurship, and technology commercialization/transfer.
  • Establish mediation and monitoring procedures for effective implementation.
Through Digital Uzbekistan-2030, Uzbekistan aims to achieve several goals: provide Internet connection in all public facilities, expand total combined length of optical fiber cables in Uzbekistan to 250,000 kilometers until 2030, offer broadband mobile Internet in 100 percent of inhabited districts/regions, expand proportion of e-government services to 90 percent, increase users of interactive national service portals to 2.5 million, and become world’s 30th-most-prolific user of e-government.