22-23 June 2017,

Dushanbe, Tajikistan

     The Internet is continuing to transform the Central Asia region.  Access to Internet is becoming more ubiquitous and affordable driven by expansion of mobile infrastructure. New initiatives in E government, Open Data and biometric identification are expected to lead to greater adoption of ICTs in government, economy, and society.  At the same time, access is not universal and government and industry must work to ensure that rural and remote populations, as well as the poor and other marginalized groups can benefit equally from the information revolution.

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Assessment of readiness for the use of open data in the Republic of Tajikistan

It is widely believed that Open Government Data (OGD) policies can lead to greater transparency, accountability and citizen engagement. It is also believed that they can foster government efficiency, better public service delivery and better policy by evidence-based decision-making. This can not only support the Country’s Development and leverage Good Governance goals, but also save tax money. In addition to these benefits OGD might unwheel potentials for innovation, creation of jobs and economic growth.

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Introduction of ICT in the Republic of Tajikistan

Tajikistan has practically faced a tremendous changes in all fields of the life for the last 10 years.
The information and communication technologies (ICT) field has also changed. For example, while
one Internet service provider (ISP) and one mobile communication operator (MCO) worked in the
telecommunication market of Tajikistan at the end of 90s, there are more than 10 of ISPs as well as
MCOs now. Moreover, the technologies deployed by these operators are the most advanced.

The Government has also done a lot during this period. The ICT infrastructure has been radically
changed across the country. Large projects oriented on ICT integration in various fields of activities
of society have been implemented. However, there are different problems as well. The main
problem is lack of coordination of activities within the state agencies, between public and private
sectors. In this context, despite huge efforts of the top authority of the country there are not any
developed mechanisms of involvement of wide stratum of society for discussion while drafting
important strategical projects.

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