The World Bank and the Government of the Republic of Korea have agreed to support Tajikistan in building the required infrastructure to increase the efficiency and transparency of public services.
The two parties will assist the government of Tajikistan to implement its Digital Economy 2040 Concept and Digital CASA Tajikistan Project.
The projects aim to build a foundation for a digital economy and smart city technology applications as part of the Smart City Dushanbe initiative. Korea and the World Bank will provide technical and financial assistance for Tajikistan to build the required infrastructure to increase internet bandwidth and speed, and develop the most critical smart city applications.
Technologies to be deployed will help cities to enhance the quality, performance and interactivity of urban services through real-time monitoring, in addition to reducing cost and resource consumption for both cities and residents.
“Living in the era of digital transformation has many benefits and challenges. As this is a high priority for us, we are expanding our work with development partners on digital transformation. South Korea is the first country that comes to mind as an example of best practices and expertise in the deployment of smart cities and the ability to increase the vitality of urban areas. For us, Korea’s experience gained during almost three decades of building smart cities is extremely valuable,” said Yusuf Majidi, Deputy Minister of Finance of Tajikistan.
“In this process, the Government is an enabler and a regulator, but digital transformation and smart cities can only be delivered with the active participation of the private sector, and by ensuring tangible benefits for the private sector,” added Jan-Peter Olters, World Bank Country Manager in Tajikistan.