Communications and Information Technology Authority has established public-private working groups in three areas: promoting the sector’s products and services to international markets, establishing a shared vision fund, and improving the digital literacy capacity of the public. In this context, the first meetings of the working groups were held.
G.Damdinnyam, Member of Parliament, Member of the Standing Committee on Innovation and Digital Policy, B.Bolor-Erdene, Chairwoman of CITA, S.Tengis, Head of the Secretariat of the National Committee for e-Development, L.Enkhbat, Director of Digital Development Department of CITA and other representatives of educational start-ups have participated in the meetings.
1. Damdinnyam will chair the working group to improve the digital literacy capacity of the public. In his opening remarks, he said, “The Government of Mongolia is very active in supporting the digital transition. Expert advice on how to communicate this to the public in a simple and understandable way, and how to move towards creating a digital application that can communicate without fear other than talking on a cell phone, will be developed and approved as a program. A package of draft laws related to the digital transition will soon be discussed in the Parliament. We will continue to work together on how to incorporate those ideas into the laws.”
Representatives of the private sector participating in the working group suggested that in addition to improving public digital literacy, increasing access to the Internet in rural and remote soums, and focusing on human resources in the sector.
2.2 million Mongolians are active users of the internet and social networks, 2.1 million are active users of social networks via mobile phones, 49 percent of the population receives financial services electronically, and 27 percent of the population uses Internet banking. But according to a survey, 32 percent of the population is digitally literate is not enough at present. Therefore, improving the digital literacy capacity of the public is an important issue in the digital age.
The public-private partnership for digital literacy will consist of two parts: one to develop a plan to improve the digital literacy capacity of the target group and the other one is to develop a long-term policy to change the educational system by teaching digital literacy contents in kindergarten which will be introduced to the Ministry of Education.
As a result, it is estimated that by 2024, cybercrime will be reduced by 50 percent, the information access capability of people with disabilities will be increased by 50 percent and ICT capacity will be increased by 50 percent.
The Government supports the integrated vision of start-up companies
The second working group /WG/ of public-private partnership is the establishment of a Shared Vision Fund. The working group will be chaired by G.Amartuvshin, Member of Parliament, Member of the Standing Committee on Innovation and Digital Policy.
Shared Vision Fund will work to support the integrated vision of startup companies. Representatives of the public and private sectors participating in this WG will be divided into 2 teams, one is to develop policy recommendations for building a start-up ecosystem and the other will focus on the shared vision fund. The Working group will submit its proposal within a month to the Government.
Mongolian Embassies have attached in charge of information technology
The third Working Group /WG/ of public-private partnership is to bring products and services in the ICT sector to the international market. The WG will be chaired by Kh. Gankhuyag, Member of Parliament and Member of the Standing Committee on Innovation and Digital Policy. During the meeting, he said that a joint working group of the Ministry of Finance and the Bank of Mongolia has been established to study the issue of making it possible to receive payments via PayPal and Stripe.
At the same time, J.Zolzaya, the founder of Startup Marketing Space LLC, said that the working group will share its recommendations with the Embassies of Mongolia in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and San Francisco since those embassies have attached in charge of IT.