Aktobe has joined the list of cities engaged in development of Kazkahstan's innovative projects. The city launched Aqtobe IT Hub to establish and strengthen its local startup community, QazMonitor reports citing Astana Hub's press service.
During his visit to the region, Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov visited the new IT center and said that the digital transition in the national economy is beginning to yield results.
"At the end of last year, we already reached over $300 million in exports from IT products and services. This year, the figure has already reached $500 million. We expect that in two or three years we will reach $1 billion,” added Smailov.
The regional hub will foster emerging startups in their initial stages, providing them with all the essentials required for subsequent growth, scalability, and acceleration at Astana Hub.
"The establishment of regional IT hubs is a key priority for Astana Hub. Our aim is to launch fourteen regional IT hubs across the nation this year. As of now, eight regional IT hubs are already operating successfully," stated Alina Abdrakhmanova, Managing Director at Astana Hub.
In 2023, IT hubs have been established in eight cities – Abai IT Valley in Semey, Kyzylorda Hub in Kyzylorda, Digital Jetisu in Taldykorgan, Zhambyl Hub in Taraz, Oskemen IT Hub in Oskemen, Jaiq Hub in Oral, Turkistan IT Hub in Turkistan, and most recently Aqtobe IT Hub in Aktobe.