Prescient Systems & Technologies Pte Ltd has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Uzbekistan association of radio, electronics, electro technical and instrumentation plants “Uzeltechsanoat”  to set up a Joint Venture Company in Uzbekistan to assemble/manufacture personal computers and tablets in the country.

The following is an article from the publication "Uzbekistan - Jewel of the Silk Road"; a Special Publication by the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Singapore:

Following the successful path taken by so many rapidly developing societies (such as Singapore’s), Uzbekistan is intent on building a strong knowledge-based economy. To do so, government and industry leaders realise that they must not only call upon the skills and drive of their own population and their home-grown technology, but must find partners from abroad who will bring in their own expertise and experience in helping Uzbekistan reach the pinnacles of IT achievement.One of the foreign partners Uzbekistan has reached out to is Singapore’s Prescient Systems & Technologies Pte. Ltd..  A logical choice: Prescient is a leading provider of training, simulation solutions and related infrastructure for the commercial, civil training and education markets. An established brand name for simulator-based training solutions and instrumentation training systems, Prescient is transforming business operations with capability-driven training solutions to address a rapidly changing world.

Prescient has long forged strong partnerships with state organizations in Asia and the Middle East to develop and strengthen their training regimes. Its market research has now highlighted the enormous potential that the Central Asian region offers, with its large domestic markets which have been exhibiting tremendous growth over the last decade.

The Republic of Uzbekistan stood out for Prescient in the Central Asian region as having an optimal blend of markets, youthful population, infrastructure and government support for foreign companies’ engagement in Central Asia.Seeing this potential, Prescient approached the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Singapore to discuss business development in the country. They have received significant help from the mission, in developing contacts with critical government and industrial agencies as well as in providing it with useful information and advice.Tapping on the assistance provided by the Embassy, Prescient is  working to develop ties with relevant ministries to develop opportunities in the fields of Specialised  Training, E-Learning and the development of supporting systems and infrastructure for general education. These initiatives are aligned with the Uzbek Governments goal of developing a knowledge-based economy.

Prescient’s business direction was quickly found to be compatible with the vision of the Uzbek government in developing their burgeoning ICT industry. Discussions were held between Uzeltexsanoat, an Association of Enterprises, Radio-Electronic, Electrotechnical and Instrument Enterprises, and a Memorandum was signed to undertake a computer assembly/manufacturing facility in the new Angren Special Industrial Zone (not far from Tashkent), which was incorporated in April of this year.

As a first step, the facility will house a modern assembly plant for producing computers to meet educational and government requirements. This will grow from desktops to laptops and tablet computers. The initial supply chain will employ equipment sourced both from within and without Uzbekistan, with a view to increasing the portion of local content over time.

By setting up this facility in Uzbekistan, Prescient aims to create a critical capability for the localization of IT solutions, as well as to create a vital capability to support government business, education and consumer usage of Information Technology and the use of Internet computing.

Prescient is also actively working with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to support their development programs in Uzbekistan. This includes supporting studies to evaluate and develop energy-efficient buildings.

The multi-faceted Singapore Company is also in discussions to develop training methodologies and systems to support the training of public transport operators to meet the growing transport demands in the cities.

As Prescient expands it contacts and operations in the Central Asian region, it is happy to have a strong foothold in Uzbekistan, with its future-focused policies and programs. Prescient's General Manager Jonathan Ratnam reiterates this: “We will continue to develop our relationship with the government agencies and relevant industry associations in Uzbekistan.”