The GUAM round table on development of GUAM Digital Trade Hub took place on 15-16 March in GUAM Secretariat in Kyiv, to carry out the action plan on increasing sectoral cooperation.
Program Coordinator of the Secretariat of the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development – GUAM S. Tamirov greeted the participants and briefed them on initiative to create the GUAM Digital Trade Hub and its expectations. The participants discussed the prospects for the use of digital technologies in the development of the GUAM free trade zone and transport corridor, and the use of electronic digital signatures. The prospects of using a Digital Trading Hub by representatives of small and medium business of GUAM member states were also discussed.
The Chief of Head Department of Performance Measurement and Development Programs Igbal Babayev presented the overall concept of GUAM Digital Trade Hub. The head of B.EST Solutions Mrs. Jana Krimpe noted the particular importance of developing and adopting the concept of recognition of electronic signatures, including mobile ID’s, in the customs clearance of goods and vehicles transported across state borders of GUAM member states.
As per results of the meeting the decision has been made to create the action group to carry out the «GUAM Digital Trade Hub» project, determine the pilot cross-border services between the GUAM member states, as well as develop the proposals on GUAM Digital Trade Hub operations.
As a part of the event GUAM-Japan seminar was held, where experts exchanged their views on encouraging small and medium-sized businesses. The participants have developed the draft proposal on possible projects within this area and agreed to provide their comments suggestions.
Due to the mobility solution and easiness to use, «Asan İmza» is gaining popularity among citizens and business, and is the key component of m-government. At the moment more than 500 Public and private electronic services use «Asan İmza» in their systems. «Asan İmza» has been integrated with the call-centers of various governmental and private organizations, it is used for submitting the electronic customs declarations, declaration of goods and vehicles in customs service, registration of labour agreement notifications, on-line application to the educational institutions etc.
«Asan İmza» has been integrated with Azexport.az portal, presented by the Center for Analysis of Economic Reforms and Communications of Azerbaijan and follows the «Made in Azerbaijan» concept proclaimed in the country. Today the portal supports exporting goods manufactured in Azerbaijan and collaborates with such global trade platforms as Alibaba.com, eBay.com, Wholesale and All.biz.
In accordance with the Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, additional measures are taken to expand the international trade and strengthen the Azexport.az portal as a Digital Trade Hub of Azerbaijan. According to this Decree «Asan İmza» will be issued to the foreign citizens in all diplomatic representatives of Azerbaijan all around the world. Due to that, «Asan İmza» is also a new revolutionary cross-border project for Islamic countries.
13 February 2018
In February 2018 Mrs. Jana Krimpe, the founder and the head of B.EST Solutions and co-chair of the Global Alliance for National Mobile Identities (GANMI) was included in the top 100 Influencers in Identity according to One World Identity (OWI). Her success has also been noted by a series of the foreign mass media. In particular, the credible Estonian publication Postimees pays tribute to Jana Krimpe for exporting the prototype of Estonian X-Road platform, which is also used in Finland, Japan and other countries, in Azerbaijan e-government system, developing Asan İmza Mobile ID, as well as implementing a number of other revolutionary technologies. The article also highlights her contribution to establishing close IT collaboration between Azerbaijan and Estonia.
It should be mentioned that One World Identity (OWI) is the leading independent identity research and strategy companies. Operating in the United States of America, this organization deals with cybersecurity, e-commerce and risk management, and is aimed to support the development of sustainable, forward-looking innovative identities and strategies.
This year over 1000 nominees were striving to be listed in the top 100 world influencers along with such well-known people as Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook Inc., Ron Wyden, a U.S. Senator, and Andrea Servida, the Head of Unit "eGovernment and Trust" of the European Commission.
Mrs. Krimpe was one of the originators of national digital solutions in Azerbaijan. Along with the X-Road platform managed by the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies for e-government and creation of Asan İmza Mobile ID, which is currently used as an electronic identity for providing more than 600 e-services by both Public and private sectors the Asan Certification Services Centre (ASXM) under the Ministry of Taxes which meets all world standards of trusted service provider was established. Besides, the unique 195 call centre, whose Asan İmza integrated operations allow all strata of society regardless their computer or financial literacy or internet availability to get an access to these services.
B.EST Solutions, headed by Jana Krimpe is also a partner in carrying out the single digital signature for Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO). The Digital Trade Hub of Azerbaijan founded by the Center for Analysis of Economic Reforms and Communications of Azerbaijan and B.EST Solutions enabled transforming all national exporting and importing procedures into electronic environment. Moreover, following the example of the Estonian e-Residency, the m-Residency project is being launched in Azerbaijan, that significantly facilitates foreign companies to make business and contributes to attracting investments to the country.
It should also be mentioned that projects carried out by B.EST Solutions have been nominated for the prestigious UN WSIS-2018 awards. Mrs. Jana Krimpe was awarded as «the true ambassador to Azerbaijan» and listed in the "2016 New Europe 100" according to the Financial Times and Google.
08 February 2018
One World Identity (OWI) is one of most credible and independent identity research and strategy companies focused on digital commerce and infrastructure in North America and Great Britain. Their main mission is help businesses, investors, and governments stay ahead of market trends so they can build sustainable, forward-looking identity-enabled products and strategies.
This year the list of TOP 100 Influencers in Identity all over the world is includes the heads and lead representatives of banking sector and governments, leading software and hardware manufacturers, as well as largest social networks. Among them is Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook Inc.; Laura Hunter, the Principal Program Manager of Identity & Enterprise Authorization at Microsoft; Zaid Safdar, the Practice Leader, Digital Growth of The World Bank; Andrea Servida, the Head of Unit "eGovernment and Trust" of the European Commission; Adam Cooper, the Technical Architect, Identity Assurance at the UK Government Digital Service; Ron Wyden, a U.S. Senator - Oregon; Michelle Dennedy, the Vice President, Chief Privacy Officer at CISCO; Philippe Vallée, the CEO at Gemalto; Adam Dawes, the head of Google Identity Platform, Adrienne Harris from the National Economic Council of the White House and many other representatives of the largest world companies and international organizations. It is the first time that Azerbaijan was presented in such credible rating by Mrs. Jana Krimpe, the head of B.EST Solutions, an operator of “Asan İmza” mobile ID co-chair of the Global Alliance for National Mobile Identities (GANMI). It should be mentioned that she is the only representative of company from Azerbaijan and the whole region, whose activity develops the national digital ID, to be so highly appreciated worldwide.
Mrs. Krimpe has been nominated in different categories, as a progressive initiator and a developer of innovative ideas in IT. She was awarded as «the true ambassador to Azerbaijan» for her contribution to the development of the country, and listed in the "2016 New Europe 100" according to the Financial Times and Google. It is also important to note the nominations of two projects under her supervision i.e. «Asan İmza» - Azerbaijan national Mobile eID and legally binding e-signature» and «Digital Trade Hub of Azerbaijan», for the one of the most prestigious UN awards to evaluate and recognize for outstanding success in ICT.
«Yesterday I published a post urging all companies of the country and citizens to give a gift to their country to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan. For 10 years along with my team, I have been doing my best to make Azerbaijan known throughout the world as an innovative country focused on the development of human capital. To represent Azerbaijan's achievements on the same list as the best innovators of the world is the best gift I could make in gratitude to the country that made it possible to implement such revolutionary projects as the X-Road e-government platform, "Asan İmza" Mobile ID, the unique Digital Trade Hub, m-Resident and many others.» - Mrs. Krimpe said.
01 February 2018
The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the annual UN summit, has announced the list of nominees for WSIS-2018 Prizes. The World Summit on the Information Society is United Nations-sponsored summit on information, communication and the information society, which has been taking place since 2003.
WSIS Prizes is a unique international contest developed in response to requests from the WSIS stakeholders to create an effective mechanism to evaluate and recognize for outstanding success in ICT. The contest was held for the first time in 2012, and rapidly gained popularity within the ICT community. The WSIS Prizes is the unique global platform to identify and showcase success stories in the implementation of the WSIS Action Lines outlined in the Geneva Plan of Action and UN Sustainable Development Goals. Since inception, the contest of WSIS Prizes has attracted more than 300.000 stakeholders.
This year 83 countries presented 449 projects to struggle to become a winner in their category. The two projects carried out by Azerbaijan company B.EST Solutions, the operator of Asan İmza Mobile ID are presented in two of 18 categories. So, the project “Asan İmza - Azerbaijan national Mobile eID and legally binding e-signature”, carried out in partnership with the Ministry of Taxes, is presented in the Category «ICT Applications: E-Government», and the project “Digital Trade Hub of Azerbaijan”, carried our along with Center for Analysis of Economic Reforms and Communication under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan is presented in the Category « ICT Applications: E-Business». All the nominated projects have a detailed description, and everybody can vote for the national innovative projects of Azerbaijan after the registration in the system on official site of the contest https://www.itu.int/net4/wsis/prizes/2018/.
The first five most voted projects will be selected for the further announcement of the winners in each of the 18 categories. It should be noted that winning projects of the last year’s contest were presented by Africa, Asia, North America and Europe. Noteworthy is the fact that projects presented by B.EST Solutions were first presented in such prestigious contest and have been shortlisted for the nomination. This is another proof that the innovative solutions “Made in Azerbaijan” fully comply with the world standards.
The detailed voting instructions is available on Asan İmza Facebook page. Please note that the voting process is complete only upon voting in all 18 categories.
29 January 2018
According to the Euronews media service, additionally to Azerbaijan, this system has already been integrated in some countries, including Namibia, Finland and Ukraine. This platform has been also successfully launched in the Faroe Islands and Japan, a country that is the world leader in innovative technologies. X-Road is also the world's first platform to automatically exchange data between countries, which allowed automatic data exchange between Estonia and Finland.
X-Road is a decentralized system in which unified interfaces and interaction and data exchange protocols are defined. Any state body can connect its information system to the platform and set up access rights for other departments by certain rules. Commercial IT systems can also interact with X-Road and use data platforms. X-Road is the foundation of "e-Estonia" to facilitate interaction between citizens and the state, to link various databases of electronic services of the public and private sectors within the country and to function as a single mechanism. Estonia's electronic solutions include the whole range of services available to the general public, and since each service has its own databases, they all use X-Road. In order to ensure secure data transmission, all outgoing and incoming data via X-Road have a log with digital signature, stamp and are encrypted and registered. X-Road was initially used as a tool for sending requests to various databases. Today it has evolved into a method enabling creation of services using data from several registries and information systems, transmit a large amount of data, and search multiple databases at the same time. X-Road was developed with provision for the further growth, so it can be expanded as new electronic services and new platforms emerge.
In Azerbaijan, the X Road platform was integrated by B.EST Solutions, Asan İmza Mobile ID operator, jointly with the Data Processing Center at the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan. It should be noted that the introduction of the innovative X-Road platform was the result of close cooperation in the field of information technologies between Azerbaijan and Estonia. The Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies, the primary player in design and implementation of e-government in Azerbaijan, is the main initiator of innovations and the development of the country’s most advanced technologies. It should be stressed that close cooperation with Estonia, a recognized world leader in the development of innovative technologies, successfully continues. According to Elnar Asadov, the Director of the Data Processing Center at the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies, "The result of such cooperation has a fruitful impact on the development of new innovative projects, which are the future of Azerbaijan. Thanks to the fact that modern Azerbaijan made its choice in favor of the information society, all conditions were created to eradicate bureaucratic delays and transparency of business. In addition, the implementation of joint projects has a positive impact on strengthening relations between two countries. The X-Road platform will also be an important component of the infrastructure, which will ensure a favorable investment climate for our foreign investors and businessmen."
Besides, the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan is doing work required in this regard and negotiating with a number of organizations, thereby creating all the conditions to achieve the desired outcomes in 2018.
It should be reminded that in the autumn of 2017 the Center for Analysis of Economic Reforms and Communications of Azerbaijan and the Estonian Center of the Eastern Partnership signed a memorandum of understanding within the framework of the 4th Eastern Partnership Business Forum. It should be emphasized that at the initiative of the Center for Analysis of Economic Reforms and Communications, Azerbaijan has become the first country following Estonia to implement the e-Residence project, which allows foreign citizens to get the e-İmza electronic signature. It should also be noted that for the first time the m-Residence project was developed in Azerbaijan, that will allow any foreign citizen to use "Asan İmza" Mobile ID and get access to all e-services in Azerbaijan. Implementing the bilateral mutual recognition of the Electronic signature between Azerbaijan and Turkey is scheduled for this year.
At the moment 91 public and commercial organizations providing over 1000 e-services to individuals and legal entities via e-İmza and "Asan İmza" are connected to the Azerbaijan X-Road system. By using the e-government gateway technology (similar to X-Road), more than 60 million transactions have been made in Azerbaijan, and about 40 million transactions have been made via "Asan İmza" through various information systems.
09 January 2018
PASHA Bank has launched a new B2B technology jointly with B.EST Solutions, the operator of the mobile digital signature "Asan İmza".
Over the years PASHA Bank has become one of the leading banks in Azerbaijan, as well as expanded their activity outside the country, providing service to the Turkish and Georgian customers. PASHA Bank has always been one of the most innovation oriented banks promoting information technologies in order to make them more accessible to the population. Thus, the introduction of the most progressive ones has had a positive impact on the overall increase in the corporate social responsibility level and contributed to the development of corporate business. The partnership of B.EST Solutions and PASHA Bank is an example of mutually beneficial and lasting business relations resulted from understanding the general direction of development of the banking and information environment in Azerbaijan.
B2B technology is a new level of bank commercial transactions between entrepreneurs, which has replaced the old exchange system of paper payment orders. This technology allows PASHA Bank's client to use digital mobile signature "Asan İmza" to confirm and certify payment orders, standard and urgent payments, as well as tax and other budget transfers electronically. The signed electronic documents are automatically sent to the bank via the B2B channel.
Now the customers of PASHA Bank who use this service will be able to integrate their enterprise resource planning system, ERP and the banking systems, as well as calculate payments using other tools (such as paper medium, Internet banking, mobile applications etc.) via B2B channel in easy and convenient manner.
It should be noted that "Asan İmza" certificates provide not only the security of financial transactions between PASHA Bank and its clients, but also mobility, speed of operations, as well as save funds and human resources.
The business seminar "Azerbaijan: Ready for International Investment?" arranged by PASHA Bank was held on February 22 at the London Stock Exchange. The aims of the seminar were to present the investment opportunities in Azerbaijan, discuss the ongoing reforms in the financial sector, as well as promote bilateral relations and increased strategic partnerships between Britain and Azerbaijan.
Two previous investment seminars hosted by PASHA Bank were held in 2014 and 2015. This year the most advanced industries and technologies were presented to the European financial community as well as the reforms conducted for developing the favourable investment climate. The reason is that today Azerbaijan is trying to change the current trend of perception of Azerbaijan as an exclusively oil state. PASHA Bank is works particularly closely with companies operating in various sectors of the economy, and ICT is not an exception, that is vital for diversification of Azerbaijan economy. So, this year PASHA Bank along with “B.EST Solutions”, an operator of “Asan İmza” Mobile ID has launched the new B2B technology and become the first in the world practice to issue “Asan İmza” to the bank clients.
The seminar consisted of two high-level panels on such topics as «UK trade and investment ties with Azerbaijan», «Opening up for international investment: strategic road map and key development sectors», «Most attractive sectors of the economy».
The seminar was participated by the academics, bankers and business practitioners providing further insight into the breadth of investment opportunity in the country. Among the honoured guests were Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, UK Trade envoy to Azerbaijan; H.E. Tahir Taghizadeh, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan in The United Kingdom; Alex Nice, The Economist Intelligence Unit; Mike Taylor, Director, Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Region & Caucasus, Financial Institutions Team at EBRD; Nuran Kerimov, President of American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan and Managing Partner at Deloitte Azerbaijan, and leadership representatives of the leading European and Azerbaijan banks and ICT projects. So, Vusal Gasimli, an Executive Director of the Centre for Analysis of Economic Reforms and Communication, presented «Recovering from oil dominancy: how will Azerbaijani economy shine again?», where he stressed the significance of Azerbaijan economy development as a result of economic reforms, taken by the President Ilham Aliyev. In return, Farid Ismayilzada, CEO of Goldenpay presented start-up of the country’s industry, financing prospects and development of start-up within the community.
Mrs. Jana Krimpe, the founder of B.EST Solutions company the head of the Azerbaijan Mobile ID Consortium, shared her rich experience in ICT in Azerbaijan. Such projects as “Digital Trade Hub”, AZEXPORT, ABAD (ASAN Support to Family Business), Asan İmza Mobile ID and e-government online business services were presented to the investors and business community. Besides, the innovation project of PASHA Bank digital banking was emphasized. During her speech Jana Krimpe stressed that PASHA Bank implements the advanced technologies not only within the region, but also in the world, being the first bank issuing Asan İmza to their clients and complying with the KYC (Know Your Client) principle in the digital financial environment, that is the very challenging topic for the European financial market. Presenting innovative projects aimed at improving the investment climate and attracting additional investments, she noted the particular importance of public and private partnership in carrying out economic reforms in the country. Mrs. Jana Krimpe also noted the great tourism potential of the regions, and also introduced the work carried out by the Femmes Digitales club in the regions to attract more girls in IT.
British investors expressed their great interest in the Azerbaijani market and highly appreciated the reforms carried out by the government. The project of a free economic zone, as well as the level of development of innovative services for remote business in Azerbaijan, were of particular interest. British investors demonstrated their concern in financing a number of projects and noted the high level of digitalization and innovation of the solutions presented.
State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan «ASAN Services» paid an official visit to Rabat, the capital of the Kingdom of Morocco at the invitation of by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) on November 9 – 10, 2017.
The official delegation of Azerbaijan was accompanied by the members of Azerbaijan Consortium of Export Innovations (AZINNEX) – Mr. Rauf Hasanov, the Managing Director of BESTCOMP and Mrs. Jana Krimpe, the CEO of «B.EST Solutions» Company.
During the visit the bilateral meetings were held with the Delegate-Ministry for Public Service and the Modernization of the Administration under the Head of Government and the Delegate-Ministry for General Affairs and Governance under the Head of Government. The achievements of Azerbaijan innovative companies were presented along with the Azerbaijan’s innovative brand «ASAN Services» and ABAD project. The implementation of such technologies as «ASAN İmza» Mobile ID, Digital Trade Hub, Azexport.az, innovative platforms for the judicial system and others were discussed. It was mentioned that Azerbaijan technologies had proven themselves in many countries and could be a link in building up and development of the lasting trade and economic relations between Azerbaijan and the Kingdom of Morocco.
Within the visit the MoU between ISESCO and «ASAN Services» was signed by Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, the Director General of the Organization, and Mr. Inam Karimov, the President of the Agency.
The MoU aims to develop the delivery of public services in Member States in the fashion of Azerbaijan’s internationally recognized «ASAN Services» new model which won the UN Public Service Award. The MoU also provides for the implementation of many projects and programmes for Member States in the coming years.
It should be noted that Azerbaijan has been the ISESCO member since 1991 and played an important role in the organization’s success. The ISESCO’s active position allows presenting the level of Islamic culture and education globally and delivering Islam’s peaceful intentions. Expressing its determination to widen existing bilateral collaboration, the decision was made to extend it to provision of the Public services, as one of the most important State’s reforms, undertaken by the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. The MoU signed with ISESCO emphasizes the importance of transparent provision of the Public services oriented to each citizen to create favourable conditions for achieving stable development in all the areas, including politics, economics etc.
Other Azerbaijan initiatives including Azerbaijan Consortium of Export Innovations (AZINNEX) recently initiated by the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan «ASAN Services» were presented at the event. When discussing the prospects of strategic
partnership within ISESCO and further ISESCO and Africa’s market entry, it was noted that AZINNEX would represent the interests of Azerbaijan companies providing innovative solutions for development of Public electronic services abroad, including technologies currently used in a number of countries. For example, the ISESCO BESTDOC PORTAL based on ISESCO ID, an electronic ID specially developed for ISESCO, is the implementation of one of such innovations. This platform is a single identification tool for the whole system, uniting 52 member states all over the world. This solution is based on Azerbaijan «Asan İmza» Mobile ID technology, operated by «B.EST Solutions», and «Asan ID», branded as «Made in Azerbaijan». Today ISESCO BESTDOC PORTAL enables the ISESCO member-states to collaborate within the single electronic environment for easier and improved workflow. The possibility of using ISESCO BESTDOC PORTAL for development of cross-border e-services within the Digital Trade Hub was also discussed.
One of the discussions was devoted to the collaboration between AZINNEX and ISESCO. The parties discussed the prospects of the strategic partnership for the further spread of Azerbaijan innovations in education, healthcare, tourism, finance, public administration, navigation and information security within the region. This topic was presented by Mrs. Jana Krimpe, the head of the Azerbaijan Mobile ID Consortium and the CEO of «B.EST Solutions».
She stressed the long-term and friendly relations between Azerbaijan and ISESCO: «11 years ago the Vice-President of Azerbaijan Republic Mehriban Aliyeva became ISESCO Goodwill Ambassador. Only three outstanding public figures of Islamic world have been awarded this title. Mehriban Aliyeva pays particular attention to the realization of the programmes aimed at promoting education, culture, improvement of living standards of people who are in need of special attention and care. A lot has been done to develop the fruitful relations between Azerbaijan and ISESCO due to Mehriban Aliyeva’s support. I would also like to thank the Director General of the ISESCO Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri for his contribution to the development of this relationship and his support of implementing Azerbaijan innovation technologies within the Organization and beyond».