Online Conference: Digital Economy in the Republic of Tajikistan

Date: 22 April 2021
Other languages: Русский язык |

Online Conference
Thursday, April 22nd, 2:00 PM TJT (GMT+5) | 3:00 PM KGT (GMT +6)

University of Central Asia (UCA) in collaboration with the World Bank, European Union and StrategEast, with cooperation from the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies of the Republic of Tajikistan is organising an online conference on Digital Economy in the Republic of Tajikistan.  At this conference, international experts will talk about the importance of Digital Economy in the development of the Country, and also present their research findings related to the Republic of Tajikistan. The event will be streamed online in English with simultaneous Russian translation through Zoom and Facebook Live.

This conference will highlight opportunities available in the digital economy, which is growing fast, especially in developing countries. The core of the digital economy is the ‘digital sector’ (Information Technology Sector) producing foundational digital goods and services. The real ‘digital economy’ defined as “the part of the economy derived solely or primarily from digital technologies with a business model based on digital goods or services” consists of emerging digital and platform services. 

How to Join 

This Workshop will be conducted online via Zoom video conferencing on Thursday, April 22nd, 2:00 PM TJT (GMT+5) | 3:00 PM KGT (GMT +6) at: Password: 894071. The lecture can also be joined via Facebook Live at

Anatoly Motkin, Founder and President of StrategEast.
Anatoly is a successful technology investor with years of experience in political consulting and media entrepreneurship in the Eurasian region.

He began his career as a political consultant both in Israel and Eurasia. He later moved from politics to media, helping to start one of the leading Russian language media companies in Israel. Mr. Motkin has served as an advisor and investor to both the public and private sectors, by successfully backing a number of Israeli IT projects, developed in the High Technologies Park in Belarus.

As his career has shifted over time, Mr. Motkin has consistently shown his dedication to improving business practices and government transparency in the Eurasian region. Mr. Motkin’s extensive background has led him to deepen his focus on reinforcement of the values of rule of law and private property protection in the former Soviet region through the creation of StrategEast.

Kate Gromova, Co-founder of Women in Digital Transformation. Digital Development Consultant, World Bank.
Is a business development professional, digital and innovation development expert. She works with innovative ideas and emerging technologies to help developing countries to leapfrog their development.

Kate has vast experience supporting emerging technology and innovation development for the private sector, government relations, and product development initiatives. She worked for more than 15 years at the intersection of economics, law, technology, and entrepreneurship development in corporates and public enterprises including Microsoft, Adobe Systems, Russian Venture Company.

Kate has a strong understanding of digital technology and digitally-enabled business models and trends. She has a vast portfolio of digital and innovation development projects. She designs and advises startup ecosystem development, high-tech export promotion, building overseas investment, strategic planning, and communication for high-tech companies and policy recommendations. She also runs digital economy country assessments to help governments identify gaps and opportunities for digital growth.

Kate has worked on business and digital development projects in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Muhammadi Ibodulloev, Director of Public Fund Civil Internet Policy Initiative.
For more than 20 years he has been actively involved in the implementation of ICT both in practice and at the policy level at the national level. He is an expert in the field of digital technologies, e-government and e-citizen participation in public administration. He led and participated in the development of more than 15 analytical reports and research in the field of ICT applications in various industries.

Member of the ICT Council under the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Tajikistan.

Azizjon Azimi is the founder of (TAI) - the first artificial intelligence lab in Central Asia. TAI's mission is to empower Tajikistan's leapfrog development by transforming the country into a regional hub for artificial intelligence. TAI has launched a machine learning-based credit scoring software that enables financial institutions in Tajikistan to automate decision-making on microloans, with three banks currently deploying the product. In addition, the company has launched an AI Academy with 150 students enrolled in Dushanbe, Khujand and online format educating the first generation of machine learning engineers in Tajikistan. TAI has signed agreements with 12 leading local companies to create 50 jobs in the sphere of machine learning for graduates of its AI Academy. Azizjon is currently an MBA/MPP candidate at Stanford Graduate School of Business and Harvard Kennedy School, and holds a BA with honors from New York University. He has been recognized in Forbes '30 Under 30' for his work on TajRupt.

Conference Programme
Moderated by: Shaukat Ali KhanChief Information Officer UCA

    Opening Remarks by Chief Guest H.E. Sherali Kabir, Minister of Industry and New Technologies, Republic of Tajikistan

    2:10 PM (TJT), 3:10 PM (KGT)
    Welcome remarks by Prof. Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi, Rector, University of Central Asia

    2:13PM (TJT), 3:13PM (KGT)
    Opening Remarks by Jan-Peter Olters, Country Manager, World Bank Office in Republic of Tajikistan 

    2:16PM (TJT), 3:16PM (KGT)
    Opening Remarks by Stefano Ellero, Head of Cooperation, European Union Delegation to the Republic of Tajikistan 

    2:20PM (TJT), 3:20PM (KGT)
    Digital Skills Initiatives for Tajikistan: Priorities and Opportunities by Kate Gromova, Co-founder of Women in Digital Transformation, Digital Development Consultant, World Bank

    2:40PM (TJT), 3:40PM (KGT)
    How to create an IT ecosystem in Tajikistan by Anatoly Motkin, Founder and President of StrategEast Centre for a New Economy

    3:00PM (TJT), 4:00PM (KGT)
    State of Digitalisation in Tajikistan by Muhammadi Ibodulloev, Director of Public Fund Civil Internet Policy Initiative (CIPI)
    Main issues to be discussed:
    • Trends in Digital Economy
    • Digital skills initiatives
    • Research analysis regarding Republic of Tajikistan
    • Available opportunities, and recommendations for the Government
    3:58PM (TJT), 4:58PM (KGT)
    Closing remarks by Shaukat Ali Khan, Chief Information Officer at the University of Central Asia.

    *Programme subject to change.
    *TJT (Tajikistan Time) is GMT +5, KGT (Kyrgyzstan Time) is GMT +6
    *This Conference is hosted by the University of Central Asia in collaboration with the World Bank, European Union, and the StrategEast, in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies of the Republic of Tajikistan.
    *Ideas presented in this lecture reflect the personal opinion of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Central Asia and/or its employees.
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