During today’s Government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Minister of Investments and Development Zhenis Kassymbek reported on the ongoing work to digitalize the mining industry and on the digital technologies in transport and logistics.

According to the Minister, at present, most of the enterprises of the Republic of Kazakhstan have an insufficient technological and organizational base for a full transition to Industry 4.0.

Analysis shows that the deterrent factors for the implementation of Industry 4.0 elements are insufficient understanding by the business of the economic benefits from digitalization, the weak growth of domestic developments and competences in automation and digitalization, lack of qualified personnel, limited financial resources and infrastructure constraints.

To eliminate these barriers, taking into account international experience, appropriate systemic measures have been developed in the following areas: improvement of regulatory control, the development of digital infrastructure, domestic technologies and competencies based on Industry 4.0 technologies, human capital, financial and other incentive measures.

Zh. Kassymbek spoke about the intention to create in Kazakhstan model digital factories, the National Center for Industry 4.0 Competence, the Institute of Industrial Automation and Digitalization based on the existing infrastructure.

In addition, measures will be implemented to provide enterprises with personnel, financial resources and the necessary infrastructure.

According to the Minister, in parallel with the development of systemic measures, work was carried out with large companies to implement specific initiatives in the field of digitalization. To date, backbone companies (Kazzinc, ERG, ArcelorMittal, Kazakhmys) have formed plans and signed corresponding roadmaps with regional Akims.

Today, 14 projects are being implemented at the existing enterprises of systemically important companies, including elements of Industry 4.0 with a total value of 140 billion tenge.

“All in all, we expect that for only 14 projects, the total economic effect (GVA) for the period from 2018 to 2025 will be about 280 billion tenge,” – the speaker said.

An intelligent transport system (ITS) is being created as part of the digitization of transport and logistics. One of the components of the system is special automated measuring tools (SAIS) installed on the main road transport corridors that provide for a non-contact weighing of vehicles on the move, the monitoring and recording of intensity, the elimination of unjustified stops. In the current year, 10 SAIS are planned to be launched, and by 2020 - about 46.

In addition, a set of technical solutions for automating toll collection for using roads is being created.

As is known, this system successfully operates at the Astana-Shchuchinsk section since 2013 and annual fees of 1.2 billion tenge fully cover the costs of maintaining this route. This year, work is underway to introduce a toll system on the routes Astana - Temirtau, Almaty - Kapshagay and Almaty - Khorgos.

Work is also being completed on designing a charging system at 13 sections with a total length of 5500 km. In total, it is planned to introduce tolls for 16 road sections until 2020.

Also within the framework of ITS, the systems for traffic management, analysis and forecasting of climatic conditions, video monitoring and detection of traffic violations will be gradually introduced in the period from 2018 to 2022.

Another development in the field of road construction is the road assets management system. The implementation of this system will allow, based on detailed data on the state of roads, optimizing the costs allocated for the maintenance and repair of roads. Since October 1 of this year, a phased introduction of the system modules into trial operation and integration with the Ministry's information systems has been carried out.

In the aviation sector, work is being carried out to introduce the "E-freight" information systems for paperless workflow in the field of air freight, as well as to collect and process data on air passengers, which will replace 20 paper documents with electronic ones.

The project "Projected train schedule automation" is implemented within the framework of digitalization in the field of railway transport, the essence of which is the execution of train schedules with increasing accuracy and depth of planning from 45 days to 3 hours.

It is also planned to implement two more projects between 2018 and 2020 - Digital Path Diagnostics and Multimodal Transport Management.

In general, the social and economic effect expected from the implementation of these systems will be about 496 billion tenge by 2025.

The introduction of these systems will allow covering the expenses for the maintenance of the National highway network, covering the main road transport corridors with measuring means, replacing paper documents with electronic ones in the transportation of goods and diagnosing 18 thousand km of roads.

The Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ERG, Aldiyar Kaztayev, and Director General of Kazzinc LLP Alexander Khmelev also spoke on this issue.

Deputy Prime Minister Askar Zhumagaliyev noted that already in the short term it will be possible to observe results in the digitization of the transport sector.

“We have worked out an action plan, which will be incorporated into the program “Digital Kazakhstan". We will actively work in this regard, and demonstrate the relevant elements of efficiency. All trends and measures will be taken into account in the program "Digital Kazakhstan", which tomorrow is supposed to be submitted to the Ministry of Information and Communication in the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan,” – the Deputy Prime Minister said.

Following the discussion, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev drew attention to two aspects. First, it is necessary to engage in basic training of personnel for domestic companies. Secondly – to control the issues related to the release of employees in the implementation of digitalization in the regions, if necessary, to develop roadmaps for their employment in other areas.

Deputy Prime Minister Askar Zhumagaliyev was instructed to keep these issues under daily control.


Published: 31 October 2017



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