Title: Shaping the Future: A Blueprint for the African Union’s AI Policy [What should the AI policy for Africa look like]
Written by Ethel Cofie
Shaping the Future: A Roadmap for the African Union’s AI Policy
Price Waterhouse Coopers produced the “Sizing the Prize” report in 2017, predicting that artificial intelligence (AI) would contribute $15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030. This demonstrates the enormous potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to transform communities and economies around the world. To ensure that the African continent benefits from AI, the African Union (AU) must develop a comprehensive AI strategy that takes ethical issues, governance frameworks, and sector-specific recommendations into account, relying on the experiences of nations that have already used AI.
This post shares crucial insights and ideas to assist the AU in developing a robust AI strategy that resonates with Africa’s objectives while ensuring responsible and ethical use of artificial intelligence.
Starting off Behind the Curve
Oxford Insights discovered that in its 2021 AI Readiness Index, which ranks 160 countries based on how prepared their governments are to use AI in public services, Mauritius (52.71), Egypt (49.75), and South Africa (48.24) have the highest scores within the Africa region, consistent with the fact that they are also among the most developed African economies. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (23.32), Angola (22.87), and the Central African Republic (20.73) are at the opposite extreme of the scale. In the global ranking of 160 countries, no African country is listed among the top 50 (Mauritius is ranked 58th)
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