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ORDER OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE AZERBAIJAN REPUBLIC

of February 17, 2003 No. 1146

About approval of National strategy for information and communication technologies for development of the Azerbaijan Republic (2003-2012)

Based on the Order of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic of January 9, 2002 No. 865, in view of value for the Azerbaijan Republic of the United Nations prepared together with the Development program and "The national strategy for information and communication technologies which received positive review of the relevant national and international structures for development of the Azerbaijan Republic (2003-2012)", I decide:

1. Approve "National strategy for information and communication technologies for development of the Azerbaijan Republic (2003 - 2012 years)".

2. To the Cabinet of Ministers of the Azerbaijan Republic to resolve the issues following from this Order.

 

President

Azerbaijan Republic Heydar ALIYEV

Approved by the Order of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic of February 17, 2003 No. 1146

National strategy for information and communication technologies for development of the Azerbaijan Republic (2003-2012)

1. Introduction

In the last decade of the 20th century information and communication technologies turned into one of the pacing factors influencing development of society. The sphere of their action covers government institutions and institutes of civil society, economic and social spheres, science and education, culture and conduct of life of people in general. Much developed and developing countries take advantages which information and communication technologies give. Today nobody calls in question that the way directed to information society is the road to the future of mankind.

It is possible to carry the following to the main characteristics of information society:

Creation of global information environment;

Mass use of information and communication technologies, emergence of new forms of economic and social activity;

Transformation of information into goods, creation and market development of knowledge and information;

Enhancement of education system, increase in level of professional and general culture due to expansion of opportunities of systems of information exchange at the international, national and regional levels;

Creation of the circle providing such rights of citizens and social institutes how to receive, extend and use information that is important condition of democratic development.

Level of application of information and communication technologies is the main indicator of intellectual and scientific potential of each country, transparency of public administration and development of democracy. In the world market growth of role of electronic trading is observed and, generally, in the future competitiveness of the countries will depend on effective use of information and communication technologies by them.

The international experience shows that wide use of information and communication technologies serves all-round development of the country and these technologies are one of well-tried remedies for the solution of the existing problems in economic and social situation of the population and reducing poverty.

In recent years in Azerbaijan certain steps in the field of use of information and communication technologies were taken, in some spheres serious progress in data application of technologies was received and, generally, this direction turned into one of priorities of state policy.

Desire and interest of Azerbaijan in application information and communication technologies, and also possibility of transformation of this desire into reality clearly demonstrates the following:

determination of the government of Azerbaijan in question of acceleration of process of forming of society, on the other hand readiness of PROON and other international organizations for rendering technical and financial aid to the country in this sphere;

availability of certain positive experience of the Azerbaijani state in the field of creation of regulatory framework of information society;

broad use of new technologies in the course of enrollment of students in the higher and high special schools of the republic, implementation of examination online, forming in this sphere of information resources. Rendering wide information services to the population by means of the Internet;

successful application of information and communication technologies in selection process of judges of courts and number of government employees of the republic;

creation of the state automated information system "Elections" and wide use of ICT during vote of the population since 2000;

creation of the telecommunication network combining many scientific and educational institutions of Azerbaijan;

implementation of the project on creation of regional Academy for training of the certified information and communication technologies specialists;

broad application of modern information and communication technologies in the "System of the Azerbaijani National Passport" project;

implementation of projects of interbank national payment electronic system in real time and the automated clearing system for small payments in bank system of Azerbaijan;

creation in the republic of number of the regional centers of educational orientation in the field of information with assistance of the international organizations;

creation of network of optical lines of communication in the republic within Transaziyaevrop's project thanks to what transition of the existing communication links to the digital mode is made;

delivery in use of optical line of communication throughout the line iron it is expensive to Baku-Tbilisi within the TRASEKA project;

creation of "Network of information transfer and system of the automated control" for the purpose of enhancement of management and procedures in customs system;

implementation in the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic of the Network of Information Transfer and System of the Automated Control projects;

implementation of considerable projects in the field of information and communication technologies in a number of the government and private institutions.

2. The pacing factors characterizing the current situation

The analysis of electronic readiness over the country in general, including the existing telecommunication infrastructure, technical and software, information resources and services, regulatory framework shows that for further acceleration of process of forming of information society in the country there are primary conditions and number of objective difficulties.

The factors which are positively characterizing the current situation:

high level of education and literacy of the population;

acceptable opportunities of use of the Internet on a national scale;

availability of national private telecommunication operators and their development;

availability of broad experience in the field of application information and communication technologies in national projects;

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