UAE Collaborates with WEF’s AI Governance Alliance to Bridge Global AI Divide
In a significant move towards inclusive technological advancement, the United Arab Emirates has joined forces with the World Economic Forum's AI Governance Alliance (AIGA). This collaboration aims to democratize access to advanced artificial intelligence (AI), ensuring that these cutting-edge technologies benefit everyone globally, not just the developed nations.
The alliance, which brings together global governments, businesses, and experts, focuses on shaping responsible AI development, applications, and governance. Its objective is to create an equitable distribution and enhance access to advanced AI worldwide. This move is particularly significant for the MENA region, which is rapidly emerging as a hub for technology and innovation.
The UAE's involvement in the alliance highlights its commitment to creating an inclusive AI environment both within the nation and globally. H.E. Omar Sultan Al Olama, UAE's Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, stated, "Our collaboration with the World Economic Forum's AI Governance Alliance is instrumental in making AI benefits universally accessible, ensuring no community is left behind."
The AIGA has released three new reports focusing on generative AI governance, unlocking its value, and a framework for responsible AI development and deployment. These papers address improving data quality and availability, boosting access to computational resources, and adapting foundation models to local needs.
A key area of focus is on education and developing local expertise to effectively navigate local AI ecosystems. This includes establishing new institutional frameworks and public-private partnerships, along with implementing multilateral controls to enhance these efforts.
The UAE's role in this global initiative is seen as a step towards developing a comprehensive AI and digital economy roadmap. This roadmap aims to leverage AI as a tool for universal progress and equality, embodying the nation's commitment to a future where technology serves humanity in its entirety.
This collaboration is a testament to the UAE's vision of being at the forefront of technological advancement and its commitment to ensuring that the benefits of AI are shared equitably across the globe, bridging the digital divide and fostering global progress.