Kyrgyz Republic Digital CASA Project
Cybil code: G0835
From: May 2018
To: May 2023
Themes & Topics
The project aimed to support cyber security equipment and cyber security enabling environment necessary to enable improved digital connectivity and digital Government services in the Kyrgyz Republic.
The aim of the cybersecurity activities within the Digital Central Asia South Asia (CASA) in Kyrgyz Republic project (P160230) was to support the cyber security of regional and domestic connectivity infrastructure and the environment of standards, legislation and policies to increase access to more affordable Internet, crowd-in private investment in the ICT sector, and improve the Government’s capacity to deliver digital Government services in Kyrgyz Republic.
The goal of Digital CASA is to integrate the landlocked countries of Central Asia and parts of South Asia into the global and regional digital economy, thereby helping each reap its digital dividends. This will be achieved by enabling inclusive access by citizens and businesses to digital services through the development of a regionally integrated digital infrastructure, catalyzing private sector investment and innovations in the delivery of public and private services, and modernizing relevant policies and regulatory frameworks. The Digital CASA Regional Program will be implemented as a Series of Projects and each phase/project will be based primarily on country readiness. The first two projects to be delivered are this proposed operation for Afghanistan (P156894) and a parallel project for the Kyrgyz Republic (P162030).
Digital CASA will adopt a Maximizing Finance for Development approach with the intention to use public investments to crowd-in private sector investments and support a competitive market. A variety of public-private partnership (PPP) arrangements and innovative financing mechanisms are being considered for both the connectivity and e-Government components. For the connectivity component, the feasibility of using the IDA Private Sector Window is being explored with IFC.
The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic’s ‘Forty Steps to a New Era’ Plan for 2018–2023 underlines the key role of digital technologies and their crosscutting nature in addressing four key challenges: the digital divide, economic resilience, social security, and national security.
The Digital CASA ‐ Kyrgyz Republic Project is also aligned with ‘Taza Koom’, one of the recent GoKR initiatives of highest priority for the country. Taza Koom, which literally means ‘Clean Society’ is the GoKR’s Digital Transformation Program, envisioned to build a transparent and efficient public administration system that provides improved public services, based on digitalization and streamlining of administrative processes.
A number of studies have supported project preparation, including a Cybersecurity Capacity Maturity Assessment in collaboration with Oxford University.
The activities planned under Component 1 (Regional Digital Connectivity Infrastructure), subcomponent 1.2, include the provision of specialized networking and cybersecurity equipment, cabling, and IT infrastructure as necessary to increase the security, capacity, and reach of G‐Net to connect public sector institutions across the country.
The activities planned under Component 2 (Regional Data centers, Digital Platforms, and Smart Solutions), subcomponent 2.2, include a special focus on establishing the infrastructure and related technology acquisition for improved cybersecurity and associated capacity building. Specifically, the activities will include procurement of digital platforms and shared services such as authentication and identity management, e‐signature, unified notification and payment platforms, interoperability, cybersecurity, and application/data‐sharing platforms.
The activities planned under Component 3 (Enabling Environment for Digital Economy), subcomponent 3.1, include consulting services and training for cybersecurity policy, strategy, and regulatory development, for institutional strengthening and capacity building in the area of cybersecurity.
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