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Women invited to play an active role in artificial intelligence

Stakeholders of the African Women Summit on Artificial Intelligence (AI) called on African women to increase their presence and inclusion in the field of AI.

The summit organized by the Tony Blair Institute is a platform that promotes knowledge sharing within the African community of women in AI, discusses opportunities, innovations and builds bridges between AI enthusiasts and the business world. .

Stakeholders said an increase in women’s participation in AI would address gender and leadership gaps.

“AI is one of the areas where women can be hugely successful. The idea that it’s hard should be broken and when that happens, a lot of women will be interested in joining the industry.” they affirmed.

In addition, the #AI1000 Agenda was also launched to encourage partners to highlight actions to advance the African AI agenda.

Held recently at the Grand Arena in Accra, the summit brought together government officials, policymakers, African women experts, changemakers, investors, tech enthusiasts and key AI voices.

In a speech read by Ms. Veronica Sackey on behalf of the Minister of Communications and Digitalization, Ms. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Minister said that the pursuit of excellence in AI and other emerging technologies was a journey , not a race.
“The adoption of AI in Africa is not a goal in itself; the goal is to use AI as a tool, alongside many others at our disposal, to bring economic and social transformation to African citizens,” she said.

Furthermore, the minister added that for AI to serve African citizens, “it must be adopted responsibly and it must be centered on goals such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Ms. Owusu-Ekuful went on to say that AI relies on the prerequisites of digital and regulatory infrastructure such as internet access and digital literacy.

“These fundamentals need to be addressed in a meaningful way to ensure the technology benefits everyone,” she said.
Afterwards, she noted that the government was working more to accelerate interest in AI.

For her part, the director of the Tony Blair Institute’s technology policy and development unit, Sinit Zeru, also said that AI was increasingly dominating the way things were done, and that it shouldn’t be taken for granted.

“The Tony BIair Institute (TBI) report, “Reaping the Benefits of the Tech Revolution: How Africa Can Accelerate AI Adoption Today,” looks at the potential of AI in Africa , given projections that it could contribute up to $15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030,” she added.

In addition, she said the report also celebrates developments in the AI ​​ecosystem through startup acts and research centers and hosts a toolkit to help policymakers accelerate the adoption of AI for long-term positive economic and social impacts, “an indication that AI is another dimension in which justice, equality and representation must be fought”.