Tue 22-02-2022 18:22 PM
DUBAI, 22nd February, 2022 (WAM) -- Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Teleworking Applications, affirmed that the advanced infrastructure of the UAE provides a conducive environment for driving digital transformation and an incubator for innovating AI-based solutions.
He added that such infrastructure supports strengthening the UAE’s position as a leading global role model in adopting future technology and digital solutions that help boost performance levels and improve quality of life for citizens and residents.
This came during the first meeting of the UAE Council for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Transactions in 2022, which was held remotely.
Al Olama said that the UAE government has one of the world's most advanced digital infrastructure, which constitutes a key driver for digital transformation and enhancing efforts to utilise technology in digital transactions to streamline procedures in related services. This is in implementation of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to promote the use of tech and AI solutions in creating new business models and creating a better future, he added.
The UAE Council for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Transactions aims to expand the use of artificial intelligence technology and digital transactions in various fields, encourage the exchange of knowledge and experiences, attract top local and global talent and expertise and propose policies to facilitate establishing an environment conducive to innovation and research.
The meeting saw the participation of the Council members, including Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Director General of the Sharjah Department of eGovernment, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Saif Al Sharqi, Director of Fujairah's eGovernment Department, Younis Haji Al Khoori, Under-Secretary of Ministry of Finance, Dr. Mohamed Salim Al Olama, Under-Secretary at Ministry of Health and Prevention, Sharif Salim Al Olama, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure for Energy and Petroleum Affairs, and Mohammed Al Mualla, Undersecretary for Academic Affairs of Higher Education at Ministry of Education, Abdulla Al Saleh, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Economy, and Mohammed bin Taleya, Head of Government Services for the UAE Government, as well as officials from the UAE's eGovernment departments and digital authorities.
The council members reviewed the outputs of the first phase of the Council's agenda, which included the graduation of more than 260 AI experts from a specialised programme, developed in cooperation with Kellogg College at Oxford University, in addition to intensifying research efforts and increasing the number of specialised AI laboratories in the UAE.
The attendees also discussed the Council's future initiatives and plans, highlighting efforts to promote the utilisation of technology and digital solutions in government transactions to improve the efficiency of government services.
The Council's sub-committees presented their implementation plans, their key objectives for the next phase, and the proposed success indicators, as over 60 initiatives were approved for implementation through the sub-committees during the Council's second session.