On March 12, the International Forum «Digitalization: Estonian Experience» was held at Astana Hub.

The event, organized by the Eurasian Investment Platform, was attended by Vice-Ministers of Health, Education, Labor and Social Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan (CDO), representatives of the Embassy of the Republic of Estonia in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Tallinn Technical University TalTech, Holding Zerde JSC and others.

Foreign participants of the forum spoke about the experience of introducing digital technologies in various sectors of the country's economy and how this affected the way Estonians live.

Welcoming remarks were made by the Rector of Tallinn Technical University TalTech, Jaak Aaviksoo, who previously held the posts of Minister of Education and Minister of Defense of the Republic of Estonia. Jaak Aaviksoo told the participants about how the digital platform developed in Estonia and what principles guided the government in order to achieve successful results.

“The approach to the concept of “digitalization” is important. Digitalization is not a technological problem, it means changing the way people live. Digitization is not an end in itself, but a requirement of the 21st century,” said J. Aaviksoo.

According to the speaker in Estonia, more than 60 years ago, research began in the field of cybernetics, which made it possible to widely develop technologies in the country.

“From the first day, as our country became an independent republic, we changed the paper circulation in banks to electronic. In 1995, having allocated 2 million US dollars, 1000 schools were connected to the Internet. After 5 years, all schools in Estonia had access to the network. We set a big goal and understood that in the long run this will lead us to the fact that all young people will be on the wave of technological trends”, - Y. Aaviksoo said.

According to Rector TalTech, public confidence and partnership have borne fruit in the development of the Estonian digital platform. The government adheres to the principle of exclusively authorized access of citizens to their data with the right to control access.

The forum also discussed the experience of Estonia in introducing an electronic reservation system at border crossings, in port digitization, as well as experience in ensuring cybersecurity. The country began a great work on cyber defense after a major cyber-attack in 2007. According to J. Aaviksoo, cybersecurity is the other side of digitalization. Therefore, TalTech focuses a great deal on training in information security, as well as cooperation in the development of human capital with other countries.

Thus, according to the results of the forum, Tallinn Technical University signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the International Technopark of IT Startups Astana Hub, as well as the Innovative Eurasian University and the Center for Support of Civil Initiatives.