Uzbekistan will introduce the South Korean e-government and digital economy system.
When South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited the Central Asian country in April last year, Uzbek President Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoyev strongly requested Korea’s assistance in building an e-government system in his country. The Uzbek leader wants to transplant Korea's rapid economic growth DNA to his country. Since then, the two countries have expedited cooperation on the matter.
The Korean Ministry of Public Administration and Security announced on Jan. 29 that the Korea-Uzbekistan e-Government and Digital Economy Cooperation Center will be opened in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Jan. 30.
A 25-year-long iron-fisted rule ended in Uzbekistan with the death of President Islom Abduganiyevich Karimov in September 2016. Mirziyoyev took office as new president in December of that year and has since sought to achieve economic growth and democratization through drastic reforms and openness. For intensive economic growth, he sought to set up an e-government. To this end, he established the National Agency for Project Management, which is in charge of managing all ministries' e-government projects. The head of the agency is Dmitry Romanovich Lee, a Korean-Uzbek, and the deputy head is Vyacheslav Yurievich Pak, a former vice finance minister who is also a Korean-Uzbek.
In Uzbek, Korean-Uzbeks are known for being smart and diligent. In particular, director Lee is said to be very highly trusted by President Mirziyoyev and has been instructed to transplant the Korean e-government and digital economy model 100 percent in Uzbekistan.
Six specialists will be dispatched to the Korea-Uzbekistan e-Government and Digital Economy Cooperation Center in Tashkent -- three from each country. Korea and Uzbekistan will each invest US$2 million to develop an e-government and digital economy system for the Central Asian country.
Korea has exported e-government systems such as a tariff system and a procurement system to more than 100 countries and drawn up e-government master plans for more than 10 countries such as Indonesia and Peru. This is the first time for Korea to supply e-government systems to a nation in Central Asia. The Korean government announced that it will use Uzbekistan as a new northern base for diffusion of the Korean e-government systems.