Emirates News Agency – UAE Government embraces technology and designs opportunities to support growth of digital economy: Omar Al Olama

DUBAI, 19th October, 2022 (WAM) — Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, has affirmed the government’s futuristic vision and approach of the United Arab Emirates, under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, for the adoption of advanced technologies and the improvement of the use of AI in designing the best solutions to critical challenges and exploring new opportunities that support the growth of the digital economy and help build a better future.

This happened during the meeting of the UAE Council for Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain, which was attended by Council members including; Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Director General of the Department of E-Government in Sharjah; Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Saif Al Sharqi, Head of Electronic Government of Fujairah; Younis Haji Al Khoori, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Finance (MoF); Dr. Mohammed Salim Al Olama, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP); Sharif Salim Al Olama, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy and Industry; Dr. Muhammad Al Mualla, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education for Academic Affairs; Abdullah Al Saleh, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Economy; and Mohamed Bin Taliah, Head of Government Services, Government of the United Arab Emirates.

The council meeting also included Majed Sultan Al Mesmar, Director General of the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA); Hanan Ahli, Acting Director of the Federal Center for Competitiveness and Statistics (FCSC); Dr. Mohamed Abdel Hamid Al Askar, Managing Director of the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority; Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General of DDA; Ahmed bin Saeed Al Sayah Al Nuaimi, Director General of Ras Al Khaimah e-Government Authority; Khalid Al Shamsi, General Manager of eGovernment Department at Umm Al Qaiwain; Dina Faris, Managing Director of Ajman Digital Government; and Dr. Najwa Aaraj, senior researcher at the Center for Cryptography Research at the Technology Innovation Institute (TII).

Al-Olama pointed out that the UAE Council for Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain aims to promote collaboration, pave the way for new opportunities and adopt new solutions based on technology and digitization with the aim strategic to launch effective proactive initiatives that contribute to the achievement of digital goals across the UAE. and strengthen its competitiveness and global leadership.

The council discussed the key achievements of the 12 sub-committees under the council umbrella and developments in the implementation of 60 initiatives under the second phase of the national artificial intelligence strategy.

Members focused on their plans to adopt artificial intelligence in vital sectors, encouraging competitiveness between government entities. Adopt artificial intelligence as a working model and essential tool in digital transactions in the fields of health, energy, natural resources, blockchain, industry, transport and logistics and tourism was the board’s top priority.

Members then discussed the objectives of the second phase, which include improving the UAE’s competitiveness in priority sectors, developing systems to adopt artificial intelligence in government services and establishing a effective legislative and regulatory environment.

The Artificial Intelligence Ethics Policy Committee announced the completion of the Artificial Intelligence Ethics Guideline. This achievement through the council aims to develop ethical principles of artificial intelligence, support the adoption of AI within the UAE government in key industries, and ensure monitoring, transparency and clear explanation in artificial intelligence systems.

The Regulatory Committee for Artificial Intelligence Procurement in Government Sectors shared the work stream on guidelines aimed at providing government sectors with the most important criteria and basis for evaluating AI systems and solutions. This creates a competitive environment between vendors and developers, ensuring quality and reducing costs.

The data sharing committee for training in artificial intelligence techniques discussed the work flow of collecting data from the government and private sectors to strengthen the artificial intelligence systems and develop the data platform to train artificial intelligence algorithms. This will create accurate scenarios and in-depth future insights to improve the use of technologies.

The Artificial Intelligence Enhanced Education System Committee presented the progress of the initiative to discover distinguished AI students to develop their capabilities.

The Committee also works on educational platforms that support self-learning enriched by artificial intelligence, forms curricula that reinforce knowledge and develops initiatives related to artificial intelligence.

The Industry Sector Committee also discussed the initiative to train more than 100 industry sector leaders through training programs in partnership with Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence and EDGE Learning and Innovation Factory, in an exceptional step to strengthen leaders and decision-makers in the sector. fields of artificial intelligence.

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