Arthur van Diesen: Success in digitalization is the result of commitment of Kazakh Government

Friday, 31 January 2020, 08:38:47

UNICEF Representative in Kazakhstan Arthur van Diesen spoke about the joint work of UNICEF and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the implementation of innovations and digitalization in an interview with

According to Arthur van Diesen, one of the most important areas of cooperation between UNICEF and the Government is the introduction of innovations in the implementation of children’s rights.

“We have a long history of very productive partnership with the Government of Kazakhstan in pursuing and fulfilling child rights in the country. One of the key features of our collaboration has been that of innovation. Therefore, we have a long history of working on different kinds of innovations and research on how they can promote the realization child rights,” said van Diesen.

The UNICEF representative also commented on the possibility of opening a regional UNICEF hub in Kazakhstan to implement the GIGA initiative aimed at providing secondary schools with high-speed Internet access and the development of innovative startups.

“We are very excited now to work with our head office to bring yet another innovation in the field of digital connectivity. From our point of view, it is not really possible for young people to be fully prepared for the world of work, their future life as citizens in their country, as parents, without having access to the Internet. Therefore, we are working with the Government of Kazakhstan to boost Internet access, to make sure that every school in Kazakhstan and in the region is connected to the Internet. We think that we will really help young people to get a better quality of education and, ultimately, to have better chances to be employed and build a fruitful future for themselves,” said van Diesen.

He emphasized that in remote areas of Kazakhstan there are very small schools where only a few students study. And for them, getting a quality education very much depends on gaining access to the Internet. Therefore, for them it is not only about connection, it is also the creation of the right content for training.

As for the overall digital transformation in Kazakhstan, according to Arthur van Diesen, great progress has been made in the country and very little remains to be done to achieve the goal.

“I think, for Kazakhstan, full connectivity is actually very much within reach. Because already there is so much progress that has been made. And I think what we are looking at with the Government of Kazakhstan is how we can get the private sector, internet service providers, the financial sector interested in particularly fixing what we call the ‘last mile problem,’ the last connectivity gap that still exists before we have 100%. So, I think if we work hard together, and if we are creative and innovative in bringing together private and public partners, we can actually close this gap very soon,” said van Diesen.

As the UNICEF representative of notes, the achievement of such results was made possible thanks to the properly structured work of the Government of Kazakhstan on digitalization and innovation.

“I think this is also, to a large extent, due to the commitment that the Government of Kazakhstan has shown to digitalization, to innovation. It is one of the few Governments that I know in the world where you do not only have a minister who deals with these issues, but even within line ministries, such as education and health, you actually have vice ministers dealing with digitalization. Therefore, there is a strong commitment. On top of that, there is an active private sector. Therefore, I think that because of all these things, Kazakhstan has developed very fast in this field in terms of connecting the citizens to the Internet,” he said.

Arthur van Diesen also believes that Kazakhstan is far ahead of other countries in the region.

News feed
28 March 2020, 19:10
One job in automotive industry stimulates creation of 7-8 jobs in related areas
28 March 2020, 11:56
Prime Ministers of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan Askar Mamin and Abdulla Aripov launch joint production of new car models in Kostanay
28 March 2020, 11:34
Gulshara Abdykalikova appointed akim of Kyzylorda region
27 March 2020, 13:01
Activities of enterprises and organizations to be suspended from March 30 to April 5 in Nur-Sultan and Almaty
27 March 2020, 08:30
Housing Construction Savings Bank to grant deferrals to customers automatically, without supporting documents
26 March 2020, 18:42
State Commission on Ensuring the State of Emergency under President of Kazakhstan strengthens restrictions in Nur-Sultan, Almaty and Shymkent
24 March 2020, 15:11
Government considers measures to implement instructions of the Head of State
24 March 2020, 14:34
Birgemiz Public Fund announces the Board of Trustees
22 March 2020, 13:20
Video Digest: Main events of the week, No. 53
21 March 2020, 14:50
Prime Minister Askar Mamin holds telephone conversations with heads of government of Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
21 March 2020, 14:50
Prime Minister Askar Mamin holds telephone conversations with heads of government of Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
21 March 2020, 12:34
Askar Mamin congratulates Kazakhstanis on Nauryz
20 March 2020, 17:52
Askar Mamin instructs akims, large enterprises and SMEs to ensure preservation of jobs
20 March 2020, 12:00
Quarantine is not a restriction on providing Kazakhstanis with necessities – Tugzhanov
20 March 2020, 11:53
70% of employees of state organizations in the capital and Almaty switched to remote work
20 March 2020, 11:29
Over 32 billion tenge to be allocated in Kazakhstan to ensure food security
20 March 2020, 09:38
Prime Minister Askar Mamin inspects progress of work on ensuring quarantine regime in Nur-Sultan
19 March 2020, 22:18
Briefing on measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Kazakhstan
18 March 2020, 18:59
Government will ensure price stability and uninterrupted food supply
17 March 2020, 20:36
About restrictions on entry-exit to / from the cities of Nur-Sultan and Almaty
17 March 2020, 18:50
In 2020, Baiterek Holding to support over 19 thousand SME projects
17 March 2020, 16:10
State Commission for Ensuring State of Emergency under the President of Kazakhstan introduces quarantine regime from March 19 in Nur-Sultan and Almaty
17 March 2020, 14:13
Dalenov speaks about measures to support temporarily closed facilities
17 March 2020, 13:50
Prices should return to level of early last week — Bakhyt Sultanov calls on Kazakhstani entrepreneurs
17 March 2020, 13:41
In Kazakhstan, a ban to be introduced on calculating remuneration for delays of more than 90 days on consumer loans of individuals — Madina Abylkassymova
17 March 2020, 13:13
Alikhan Smailov speaks about special procedure for budgeting during emergency
17 March 2020, 12:52
Two hundred thousand jobs to be created in Kazakhstan — Birzhan Nurymbetov on measures to ensure employment of citizens
17 March 2020, 11:36
Kazakhstan created necessary conditions for saturating market with domestic food products — Ministry of Agriculture
17 March 2020, 11:22
By beginning of spring field work, readiness of equipment to be 100% — Ministry of Agriculture
17 March 2020, 11:07
Large trade objects, cinemas and sports facilities to be exempt from tax payment for one year — Ministry of National Economy
17 March 2020, 10:07
Government reviews preparations for spring field work
17 March 2020, 09:52
Government approves anti-crisis package
16 March 2020, 20:34
Prime Minister Askar Mamin holds meeting with heads of retail chains
16 March 2020, 18:27
Government session to be held March 17 in Ukimet Uyi
16 March 2020, 16:59
Prime Minister Askar Mamin holds meeting of State Commission on Ensuring State of Emergency under President of Kazakhstan
16 March 2020, 15:59
Switching from Cooperatives to Associations of Housing Owners: How will monthly size per square meter be calculated
16 March 2020, 15:55
One house – one account: Residents to manage the money themselves
16 March 2020, 15:40
Main idea of ​​creating Associations of Property Owners — to let people manage their own house — interview with Margulan Abdykarimov
15 March 2020, 19:21
No cases of coronavirus infection found in western regions and Kyzylorda region of Kazakhstan
15 March 2020, 19:16
Tugzhanov: All social obligations to be fulfilled in due time
14 March 2020, 21:07
Roman Sklyar and Yerlan Turgumbayev made aerial visual inspection of snow reserves
14 March 2020, 14:10
Video Digest: Main events of the week, No. 52
13 March 2020, 15:09
Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin held telephone conversations with prime ministers of Russia Mikhail Mishustin and Belarus Sergei Rumas
12 March 2020, 20:02
Rapid Response Working Group chaired by Prime Minister Askar Mamin hears reports from akims of regions
12 March 2020, 16:23
Prime Minister Askar Mamin holds meeting of National Commission for Modernization
12 March 2020, 14:12
State will expand measures to support business and entrepreneurship development – Prime Minister Askar Mamin
11 March 2020, 12:00
Procession of the Golden Man continues in India
10 March 2020, 21:55
Rapid Government response and fulfillment of social obligations, or what was discussed at regular session of the Cabinet of Ministers
10 March 2020, 19:44
Prime Minister Askar Mamin holds meeting of Republican Rapid Response Working Group
10 March 2020, 16:21
Optimized funds to be used to ensure social benefits — Ministry of Finance
© 2019 - 2020 Press service of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan