According to the United Nation’s 2012 report on e-Governance rankings, the once soviet nation of Kazakhstan has emerged as a worldwide leader in e-governance participation, garnering second place, which is shared with Singapore, a veteran member of the top of the rankings. While the UN rankings make it a point to highlight developing nation’s efforts to emerge in the world of e-government, it showcases Kazakhstan as a cut above the rest. Through a main focus in population education, coupled with the essential streamlining of basic government processes such as tax filing, business applications, and birth certificates, the Kazakh government has bolstered the speed and convenience of government-public interactions like never before. According to the article, any Kazakh entrepreneur is able to apply for business liscences and permits, as well as print them out within fifteen minutes.
As of the report, the Kazakh e-government portal is reported to receive 25,000 people daily, and 1,200,000 services were delivered to citizens alone. 60% if key services are to be transferred to electronic format by 2013, and 100% of citizen relevant services are to be transferred by 2014. However, the article makes it a point to recognize that theses successes did not occur overnight. With an average age of only 30 years nationwide, the Kazakh government instituted the education sector as a top priority. The nation is investing in a project to ensure affordable distance learning across Kazakhstan.
With that being said, I think Kazakhstan’s recent efforts definitely teach us a great deal about how other developing nations should go about improving their sectors. Kazakhstan definitely teaches us a valuable lesson in starting from the ground up: Great governments come from well-educated students and well-informed students. Developing nations should look to invest in education as a long-term investment for the assurance for a more stable government in the future: because, after all, the children in school now will be the inevitably be the future to come for any nation.