On November 15, 2019, Shymkent (Kazakhstan) hosted for the second time an international IT Forum. The organizers of the forum had invited Kalle Sepp, member of the board of Tallinn Development and Training Centre (TDTC), to represent Tallinn with a presentation: “E-governing and its development at local governments’ level – the example of the City of Tallinn”. In addition to the representative from Tallinn, the forum program also included presentations made by the head of Shymkent Akimat Mr. E. Aitahanov, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry of Kazakhstan Mr. A. Ospanov and guests from Germany, Belarus, China and various private companies providing e-services in Kazakhstan. A broad discussion and debate took place at the forum on the development of e-services in municipalities. The organizers have set themselves the goal of making the Shymkent IT Forum into an annual international event.
In spring 2019, the TDTC organized two training visits for Shymkent Akimati delegations to Tallinn. A presentation done by a representative of Tallinn and discussion following it were of great interest to the head of Shymkent Akimat and Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry of Kazakhstan. Therefore it was decided to start negotiations at the beginning of the year 2020 on possibly organizing a new training visit to Tallinn.