Astana Hub and Turkish IT technology park signed a memorandum of cooperation

12 May, 2022

Astana Hub and Turkish IT technology park Bilisim Vadisi signed a memorandum of cooperation

Kazakh IT entrepreneurs, representatives of international techno park of IT startups Astana Hub headed by Minister of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Baghdat Musin paid an official visit to the Republic of Turkey to strengthen bilateral cooperation.

During the visit the Kazakh delegation visited offices of major IT-companies of Turkey – Hepsiburada, Yemeksepeti, Trendyol, Şekerbank, as well as IT technology park Bilisim Vadisi.

Hepsiburada is the largest e-commerce platform in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. It is a giant ecosystem that includes areas such as Hepsijet – goods delivery, Hepsipay – digital payment service provider, Hepsiexpress – food delivery to customer's door at the desired time, HepsiAd – advertising platform for brands, Hepsiglobal – e-export, etc.

Hepsiburada has the largest and most developed e-commerce operations infrastructure in Turkey, with an operational area of 100 thousand square meters in its operations centre, which holds more than 250 thousand products and ships more than 2 million products monthly.

Yemeksepeti, Turkey's first and largest online food ordering website, operates in 58 provinces and works with nearly 8,000 restaurants. It has also expanded into the Middle East with its global brand and is now present in the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Greece.

Trendyol was founded in 2010 and is the first Turkish company with a $16.5 billion capitalization. Trendyol is the largest internet company in Turkey with a team of approximately 2000 people. It has more than 30 million customers and transports more than 1 million parcels per day. In 2018, the company announced an investment and strategic partnership with Alibaba Group. Alibaba's investment in Trendyol is the largest investment in Turkey's internet sector to date.

Sekerbank is a cooperative bank that specialises in serving agriculture and also provides banking services to SME, corporate and retail customers. It has incorporated microfinance lending into its business model to ensure equal access across all customer segments. The bank's loan portfolio is diversified, but just under half of its assets are in the services sector.

Bilisim Vadisi is a Turkish IT technology park with a total area of 48,000 square metres. It has an administration tower, an incubation centre and a data centre.

Cooperation with e-commerce platforms, delivery services and payment systems in Kazakhstan is planned. Turkish companies are invited to integrate Kazakhstani IT developments and bring their IT products to the Kazakhstani market

In Ankara the Kazakh delegation met with Mustafa Varank, Minister of Industry and Technologies of Turkey, Adil Karaismayioglu, President of TUBITAK, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure of Turkey, and Rifat Hisarciklioglu, President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB).

The Kazakh side presented initiatives on transition to the platform model of digital architecture and development of the centre for digital transformation and re-engineering of government processes. Also representatives of ICRIAP RK told about the measures of state support for the IT-industry in Kazakhstan, implementation of pilot projects of Kazakhstani IT-companies in the field of Industry 4.0 and Smart city.

As a result of the meetings with the officials a memorandum of understanding and cooperation was signed between IT-Technoparks Astana Hub and Bilisim Vadisi, and it was proposed to develop cooperation in promotion of IT-products and services of the two countries.