20 Apr

In order to investigate possible collaboration opportunities, the United States of America (U.S.A.) and Nigeria are prepared to have talks about the digital economy, cutting-edge technology, and the development of artificial intelligence (AI).

The U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission in Abuja, Mr. Arthur Brown, spoke at the end of a four-day workshop on national artificial intelligence strategy. Embassy made this information public. Senior U.S. government officials would meet in Abuja in two weeks, according to Brown, for a conference hosted by the U.S.-Nigeria Bi-National Commission.

The deputy chief of mission gave more information about the next meeting and stated that the US plans to hold an AI conference in Lagos in order to leverage the momentum created by a four-day workshop.

The collaboration seeks to improve commercial relations while guaranteeing the safe, secure, transparent, and reliable application of AI. Brown stated that the US is willing to work with Nigeria as equal partners to boost talent development, infrastructure, research, and innovation projects through its many agencies.

He praised Nigeria for supporting a major UN resolution on artificial intelligence and pledged to continue the U.S. government's economic cooperation with Nigeria.

Dr. Bosun Tijani, Minister of Communications Innovation and Digital Economy, stressed the need for African leaders and governments to act decisively in order to support their strategies and aspirations in his closing remarks at the workshop.

A PricewaterhouseCoopers analysis estimates that by 2030, artificial intelligence would be worth $15.7 trillion to the world economy, of which $3 trillion will come from increased productivity and $9.1 trillion from new products and services.

Speaking about expected income generation and job creation, Tijani stressed that Nigeria should prioritize developing efficient governance for AI, acknowledging that it is a crucial instrument to improve productivity across industries, rather than putting revenue first.

The Ministry organized a four-day Artificial Intelligence workshop in collaboration with the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to create a cooperative framework for deploying AI in the country.

April 2024, Cryptoniteuae

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