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ICT development in Central Asia relatively slow and unsteady - World Bank specialist

January 28, 2014

Development of information and communication technologies in Central Asia is relatively slow and unsteady, Jennifer Shkabatur, Social Development Specialist at the World Bank said on January 28 during a video conference. Kazakhstan holds a leading position, access to ICT in other countries ( Turkmenistan , Tajikistan ) is relatively limited. According to her, all five Central Asian countries excel in the field of mobile penetration. Internet access is much lower. Internet access in Kazakhstan made 45%, Uzbekistan - 26%, Kyrgyzstan - 40%,Tajikistan - 13% and Turkmenistan - 5% by the end of 2012. Shkabatur noted that government officials represent the largest group of Internet users. Information on use of ICT initiatives to improve civic engagement in Central Asia is limited at the moment. But, number of promising initiatives were launched in Central Asian states for past 2-3 years, she said.

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Source: AKIpress News Agency (Kyrgyz Republic)

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