Today the government procurement and cameral control of their procedures are fully automated, which increased transparency and openness, and also significantly expanded the competitive environment in procurement.
“Largely due to the digitalization of public procurement, their availability for business and, accordingly, high competition, the savings on public procurement amounted to 311 billion tenge in 2018,” Smailov noted.
In accordance with the Head of State’s instructions, the Ministry of Finance is completely switching to digital format. Work is underway to create new, develop and upgrade existing information systems. For example, new important information systems were launched in 2018, such as: ASTANA-1, which allowed reducing the time for passing customs declarations to 1 minute; Electronic Invoices, providing for the automation of controlling the goods flow from import or production to retail sales or export.
Work is also being done to ensure complete traceability of the movement of goods through the integration of tax and customs systems. Since 2019, the state planning information system has been launched. According to the Ministry of Finance, it will allow to exclude paper documents circulation during budget formation.
Improvement of tax and customs administration had a positive impact on the implementation of planned revenues for all levels of the budget: the effect amounted to more than 410 billion tenge. Due to digitalization, an additional over 100 billion tenge has been received. Improving the quality of inspections while reducing their number allowed us to ensure the growth rate of collection of the assessed amounts by 35%. As a result, an additional 45 billion tenge was received by the budget through audits.
In 2019, according to the minister, work will be continued on the full digitalization of all business processes of the Ministry of Finance and the integration of information systems. In general, digitalization will allow to cover and solve a wide range of tasks to improve tax and customs administration, the quality of public services, etc.