The Member States emphasize the importance of policies on ICT considering their economic and social role.
For the past twenty years, the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) has fundamentally changed the practices and procedures of nearly all aspects of business life and governance.
ICT is one of the important cooperation areas of the Turkic Council. Close cooperation in the field of ICT within the Turkic Council facilitates the deployment of regional and national broadband infrastructure, providing the opportunity to create a single information space and conditions for the development of the information society as one of the directions to build a "digital economy".
Recognizing the social and economic benefits offered by ICT sector the Turkic Council Member States develop their national ICT policies and strategies. Recently the most rapid developments in the field of ICT in the region occur in the banking, transportation, education, tourism and e-government sectors, making the need for trusted solutions in these areas most acute. Access to mobile devices and networks and big data processing are the strongest enablers of economic opportunity in the region.
The cooperation in the field of ICT is exercised through the Working Group and Meeting of Ministers in charge of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) which was established by the decision of the 5th Summit of the Turkic Council held on 11 September 2015 in Astana.
Turkic Council has so far convened 3 meetings among the Ministers in charge of ICT and 4 Working Group meetings comprising the experts of the Member States. The Ministerial Meetings on ICT is the highest decision making body in the area of regional cooperation in ICT:
1st Meeting of Ministers in charge of ICT held on November 29, 2016 in Baku;
2nd meeting of the Ministers in charge of ICT were convened on 9 November 2017 in Istanbul;
3rd meeting of the Ministers in charge of ICT were held on 31 January 2019 in Almaty. During these meetings the Parties discuss important issues regarding the enhancing and strengthening cooperation in ICT sector among the Member States. The Working Group covers the cooperation on the 4 sub-working groups namely: Cyber Security, TASIM project and fiber infrastructure, E-Government and Satellite Services.
The overall ICT policies and strategic priority areas in the Turkic Council region are the following:
- sharing existing experiences and knowledge (developing start-up ecosystem, innovations, cyber-security domains and etc.);
- developing a common secure software and hardware as well as technology transfer;
- increasing the role of digital local content by strengthening "e-government" services;
- facilitation access to wireless broadband networks and services;
- developing a platform for exchanging the information consolidate investment efforts to implement large scale projects.
At the 6th Summit of Turkic Council held in 3 September 2018 in Cholpon-Ata, Presidents urged the Member States to continue their efforts to enhance their cooperation and coordination in the field of ICT.
Through these mechanisms, the Member States of the Turkic Council are discussing policy approaches critical to cooperation among themselves concerning the issues like innovation, the free flow of data, emerging digital technologies and challenges like cyber-threats.