USA to forge AI partnership with Nigeria for economic growth

The U.S.A and Nigeria are ready to hold talks about the digital economy, new technologies including AI, in order to discover possible collaborations.

At the end of a four-day Workshop on Nigeria’s National Artificial Intelligence Strategy in Abuja, Mr. Arthur Brown, representing the US Embassy as Deputy Chief of Mission, shared that high-ranking US government representatives would gather in Abuja within two weeks for a conference led by the U.S.-Nigeria Bi-National Commission.

The deputy chief of mission shared more information about the forthcoming gathering, explaining that the US intends to build upon the success of a recent four-day event by hosting an artificial intelligence conference in Lagos.

The collaboration intends to boost economic connections and guarantee the safety, security, transparency, and reliability of AI usage. Via its various institutions, Brown indicated that the US is ready to work side by side with Nigeria as equal partners to progress projects encompassing human capital development, infrastructure construction, scientific exploration, and technological advancement.

The U.S. government representative praised Nigeria for supporting a substantial UN resolution on Artificial Intelligence. He also reaffirmed the continued collaboration between the Nigerian and American governments in the economic sphere.

At the end of the workshop, Dr. Bosun Tijani, the Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, stressed the need for African governments and leaders to take bold steps in backing their goals and plans.

Based on a PricewaterhouseCoopers report, AI is estimated to generate roughly $15.7 trillion for the worldwide economy by 2030. This includes around $3 trillion from increased productivity and about $9.1 trillion from new products and services.

Tijani stressed the importance of good governance for artificial intelligence (AI) in Nigeria instead of solely focusing on potential income. He argued that by doing so, AI would become an essential instrument to boost productivity in various industries.

With the help of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), the Ministry organized a four-day workshop on Artificial Intelligence. The goal was to work together and develop a plan for integrating AI technology into the country.

A four-day AI workshop resulted in Nigeria debuting its initial multilingual large language model (LLM). The nation is determined to spearhead AI advancement in Africa by introducing this innovation.

In August 2023, the Nigerian government extended invitations to both Nigerian-origin scientists and internationally recognized experts with experience working in Nigeria, requesting their collaboration on developing the country’s National AI Strategy.

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2024-04-20 22:58