Uzbekistan-Hungary: New Horizons of Cooperation in Science, Tech

Int’l Relations

Even though the two countries are separated by some 4,000 km, the cooperation between Uzbekistan and Hungary is soaring to new heights in the field of science and technology, says Fazliddin Muminov, Head of the Department for Work with Regional Divisions, Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovations of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

He noted that a special event in relations between the two countries was the official visit of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to Uzbekistan on March 29, 2021. Based on the agreements reached during the visit, a number of joint projects in the field of science and innovation are now being implemented.

Four startup projects worth UZS 3.8 billion were recommended for financing in the competition "Joint Uzbek-Hungarian Startup Projects", announced by the Ministry of Innovative Development and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary two years ago.

As a result of the implementation of the projects, the “Big Data” platform was created to improve the database in agriculture; the production of raw materials was launched, aimed at increasing the level of heat capacity and energy efficiency in homes. Bilateral cooperation between the countries also covers the areas of information technology, artificial intelligence, alternative energy, food, building materials, and ecology.

An Opportunity for IT Developers

Within the framework of the summit of the Organization of Turkic States held on November 10-11 last year in Samarkand, an Uzbek-Hungarian business forum was organized and negotiations were held in the B2B and G2B format. László Jakab, CEO of the Hungarian N7 Holding company, got acquainted with the activities of the Youth Technopark in Samarkand and invited Uzbekistan's IT programmers to cooperate with Codecool in Hungary.

According to the results of the competition for sending young scientists from Uzbekistan to Hungary for an internship, 24 scientists received such an opportunity. Now, four of them have started scientific training at the University of Agriculture and Natural Sciences. Also in 2023, ten young scientists from Uzbekistan will be sent for a one-year study in the field of nuclear energy as part of the "Hungaricum" Hungarian scholarship.

An Important Factor in Digitalization

According to experts, by 2025 the volume of data will reach 175 zettabytes. Proper management of such an array of data is important for the development of economic sectors and successful businesses, Muminov notes.

Considering this, Uzbekistan is currently implementing a so-called Big Data platform in cooperation with Hungary. This platform, which is a collection of big data, allows everyone to simultaneously collect, sort, and reliably protect information. 

Agriculture, seemingly simple and uncomplicated, has also adapted to the flow of modern technology. Digital technologies are now helping farmers and industry professionals. The big data base and the ability to analyze it are of great importance in determining the favorable time for harvesting. The platform also helps to calculate the fertilizer application pattern, control, and predict the harvest, he adds.

Today, the use of digital technologies is rapidly developing in almost all industries in the world. Smart devices measure soil, plant parameters, and microclimate and transmit data. Data from sensors, images from space, drones, weather stations, and other equipment form “Big Data”. The data is analyzed by special applications and placed on the Geoportal.

This platform helps to optimize and automate business processes and make the most effective decisions based on the collected data. It could also be useful for e-commerce and healthcare, Muminov adds.

Reliable Information Security Protection

Another important project in Uzbekistan's cooperation with Hungary is the SeCube control system platform, which serves to ensure the information security of the digital economy.

The introduction of the SeCube control system platform protects the socio-economic sphere from the problems of information attacks. Algorithms for this platform are currently being developed. The project also provides for the training of qualified personnel in this area.

"Hungary is one of the fastest-growing countries in Europe. Further strengthening of cooperation in the field of science and technology with a country with great potential in the fields of agriculture, trade, tourism, finance, and information technology, as well as the implementation of joint projects will open up new horizons for economic growth for both countries," Muminov concludes.

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