Kazakhstan Smart Cities and Artificial Intelligence (SCAI) Program (WB-P170270)

  • Kazakhstan
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  • World Bank (WB)
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Ministry of Digital Development, Innovations and Aerospace Industry
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 500.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 1,848.70 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Sep 25, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Apr 28, 2020

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Project Description
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Program Development Objective(s) 
The Program Development Objective is to improve the accessibility and quality of data-driven public and private service delivery in Kazakhstan, including in selected cities.  Achievement of the PDO will rely on the development of a conducive data and AI enabling environment, data infrastructure, digital skills and private investment.  The long-term impact that the Program intends to achieve includes leveraging data and AI for inclusive and innovative growth, enhanced transparency and quality of public services, increased private sector investment, and improved urban livability. 

PDO Level Results Indicators.

At the stage of technical identification, a preliminary results framework has been defined, with key development
outcome indicators and intermediate outcome indicators, including proposed DLIs. 

  •  Proposed PDO-Level Results Indicators include:
    (i) % entities (public and private) integrated to the data infrastructure at national and city level and actively using it for delivery of data-driven services
    (ii) % citizens and businesses using data platforms developed under the Program
    (iii) Improved accessibility and quality of services provided by the cities in the Program, as evidenced by increased citizen satisfaction with the services delivered
    (iv) Increased private investment in data and AI-enabled businesses (mln. USD)


Investment Description
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Implementing agency:

Nazarbayev University
Contact : Alimzhan Yessetov Title : Chairman of AI Fund of Nazarbayev University
Telephone No : +77172266918 Email : yessetov@aifund.kz

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