AI for Industry in Africa: unleashing potential for development
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AI in manufacturing has many opportunities, but developments are advancing at breakneck speed, which puts many industries in the developing world at a disadvantage. AI and digital transformation are key to future competitiveness and are increasingly becoming the standard.
However, there are world regions – particularly Least Developed Countries (LDCs), many of them on the African continent – with limited innovation capabilities and capacities, leading to a lack of skills required for AI and digital transformation, such as engineers, AI programmers, Machine Learning experts etc., further increasing inequality.
Regional perspectives for AI and Digital Transformation developments must take centre stage to ensure that systems are built that cater to the local needs of people, taking into account infrastructure deficits, skills and other gaps that need urgent attention.
Innovation ecosystems which are inclusive and consider the perspectives of local entrepreneurs are essential. Many regions suffer from a lack of confidence in institutions, which challenges traditional cooperation models and the strengthening of ecosystems. Building trust, reforming relationships and strengthening institutions to serve the needs of those particularly eager to participate in this new paradigm is critical.
The objective of this webinar is to give voice to developing countries’ perspectives from regions that are in danger of not being able to keep up with the fast-paced technological development. This panel discussion also provides recommendations that may help address some of the key problems in the area, both from a technical and geographical point of view. Additionally, this event gives a glimpse into the proceedings related to the Global Digital Compact, with a specific focus on industry considerations.