President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev conducted a comprehensive meeting to discuss the Ministry of Information Technologies activities and outline plans for further development of the IT industry in the country.
During the meeting, it was highlighted that the IT sector in Uzbekistan has undergone a significant reorganization in recent years, resulting in remarkable growth and achievements.
To further strengthen the IT industry, Uzbekistan has prioritized the installation of 2,800 mobile communication stations across the country in just three months. Moreover, new apartment buildings must now be equipped with fiber-optic Internet cable, ensuring high-speed connectivity for residents.
This commitment to infrastructure development illustrates the country’s dedication to providing cutting-edge technology and connectivity to its citizens.
Furthermore, Uzbekistan emphasizes the training and development of a skilled workforce for the IT sector. The “One Million Uzbek Programmers” project offers schoolchildren and young people free training in IT specialties, fostering a new generation of tech-savvy professionals.
The near future
Looking ahead, Uzbekistan aims to boost its IT services further, targeting a 2.5-fold increase. Additionally, the goal is to increase the share of information services exports to an impressive $500 million.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev emphasized the crucial role of the IT sector, stating that its development is essential for the progress of all other sectors in the country.
While acknowledging the achievements, President Mirziyoyev highlighted several challenges that must be addressed. These include the need for more access to communication systems and the internet in remote villages, hindering the full potential of digitalization.
Moreover, the coverage of highways with mobile internet stands at 38%, indicating the need for enhanced connectivity infrastructure.
To overcome these obstacles, the President stressed the importance of improving the internet’s quality, speed, and coverage throughout the country.
Additionally, there is a need to modernize information systems in various departments and expand the reach of IT services beyond the capital city of Tashkent. Special attention should be given to regions such as Karakalpakstan, Andijan, and Surkhandarya, with limited information services.
President Mirziyoyev emphasized the pivotal role of the Ministry of Information Technologies in driving digitalization and information technology advancements not only within its enterprises but also across all sectors and regions of the country.
With a clear focus on these goals and continuous efforts, Uzbekistan is poised to strengthen its position in the global IT landscape, fostering innovation and driving economic growth.
In conclusion, Uzbekistan’s commitment to developing its IT sector is clear. The nation has focused on strengthening the infrastructure, educating and training a new wave of IT specialists, and setting ambitious growth targets.
While challenges remain, particularly in terms of accessibility and coverage across all regions, the government acknowledges and addresses these.
With a strategic vision guided by President Mirziyoyev, the Ministry of Information Technologies is central to driving innovation and digital transformation. Undeniably, the future of Uzbekistan’s IT industry looks promising, with potential benefits extending beyond the sector itself and fuelling overall national progress.