January 18, 2019
Today, on January 18, the American University of Central Asia launched an opening ceremony of the conference "Innovations in Public Administration and Services". Head of the Office of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic Dosaly Esenaliev and Ex-President of the Kyrgyz Republic Roza Otunbaeva, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of AUCA Chingiz Shamshiev, as well as representatives of government authorities, IT companies and NGOs took part during the conference.
The conference was opened by AUCA Vice-President Chingiz Shamshiev, thanking the participants and noting the relevance of the topic.
“We understand that with deep social changes that are the result of the implementation of new technologies, the requirements for the professions also change dramatically. All professions can either change or even disappear in the next 5-10 years. For example, accounting in its current form definitely will not exist, at least in developed countries. This raises the question for educational institutions: what to teach our students, what competencies they should inculcate, how to make our graduates in demand on the labor market. And we understand that we must teach our students something that technologies will never learn: critical thinking, the ability to think creatively, analysis skills and a critical approach to information, finding solutions in non-standard situations. Possessing these competencies, our students will become indispensable and ready for a rapidly changing world, ” Mr. Shamshiev addressed the conference participants.
AUCA Vice-President stressed the importance of declaring this year as the Year of Regional Development and Digitalization of the country.
“Regional development and digitalization combination has great importance. In order to provide high-quality public services in remote regions, where basic infrastructure is often lacking, such as roads and IT-technologies can play a decisive role, ”said Mr. Shamshiev.
Head of the Office of the President, Dosaly Esenaliev read the message on behalf of the President Sooronbay Jeenbekov addressed to the participants.
“I see you: young, intelligent, creative people, as my main allies in realizing the goal of digitalization of society. Our country can master and distribute technologies from developed countries. We must become the conductor of the latest IT solutions, and develop our own technologies,” says the message of the President (read the full message here).
Daniyar Imanaliev, head of the policy of strategic development, economics, and finance department of the Office of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, noted that today's conference is a proof of the high demand among citizens and state structures of Kyrgyzstan for the implementation of new technologies in our country.
“Priorities for 2019 have already been identified within the framework of the year of Regional Development and Digitalization of the country. This year we are planning to create and launch key elements of digitalization such as the creation of a "cloudy" state, the creation of platforms for interaction between the state and our citizens. In addition, it also concerns the involvement of the private sector in the formation of new technologies and new business processes, ”said Daniyar Imanaliev.
He noted that events such as today's conference are important elements in the implementation of new technologies.
“The participation of our academic environment and universities in these processes is very important because the competencies that we will have to master very quickly in the future are formed through training, retraining and the entire educational process,” Mr. Imanaliev said.
During the conference, the resident companies of the High-Technologies Park of the Kyrgyz Republic presented their developments to the participants of the conference in the health and education spheres. Also, the innovative solutions in the field of application of blockchain technology and artificial intelligence were presented.
Director of the High-Technologies Park, Altynbek Ismailov conducted an excursion for the participants of the event, where the representatives of each company presented their creations and answered questions.
Note: The event was organized by the High-Tech Park of the Kyrgyz Republic; American University of Central Asia; American Councils for International Education with the support of U.S. Embassy in Bishkek; Neobis Clubs; The projects “Digital CASA - Kyrgyz Republic” and “Action Plan for Open Data” under the State Committee for IT and Communications of the Kyrgyz Republic.