Kazakhstan 2017 | TELECOMS & IT | COLUMN

TBY talks to Sanzhar Kettebekov, CEO, Almaty Tech Garden, on the sector.

Sanzhar Kettebekov

What have been some of the fund's major developments since its establishment?

Almaty Tech Garden (ATG Fund) was established by the government in order to create and develop the innovative cluster in Almaty. We are an NGO and the governing body of the innovative technologies park special economic zone. Firstly, we create centers of competence in partnership with leading multinationals, which invest half of the funds necessary for the establishment of these centers. Secondly, we initiated the Start-up Kazakhstan international acceleration program in order to incubate a critical mass of innovative companies (start-ups). The plan is to attract up to 500 promising startups and we are already seeing a lot of interest from Europe and the CIS

How is the plan to establish different tech centers across the country progressing?

At the beginning of the year, we expect to launch the first module of the Centre of Competence for Mining, founded in partnership with McKinsey&Company. This is based on the concept of Industry 4.0, implying the full digitalization of all the processes in the mining industry. It should be noted that Kazakhstan is one of the first countries in the world to start by crossing the mining industry with the concept of Industry 4.0 at state level.