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U.S., Nigeria to explore partnerships in digital economy, AI

The United States of America (USA) and Nigeria are set to discuss digital economy, emerging technology, and the development and implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in a bid to find common grounds for partnerships.

The Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy, Mr Arthur Brown, disclosed this during the closing ceremony of a four-day Workshop on National Artificial Intelligence Strategy in Abuja.

Brown said in less than two weeks, high-level U.S. government officials would be in Abuja for a conference under the auspices of the U.S.-Nigeria Bi-National Commission.

Providing further details on the upcoming meeting, the U.S. deputy chief of mission said:

He said the U.S., through its various agencies was ready to work with Nigeria as equal partners, to deliver on everything from talent development, infrastructure, and research, to innovation. He commended Nigeria for its support on the adoption of a landmark United Nations resolution on AI. He also pledged the U.S. government’s continued partnership with Nigeria on economy.

Also speaking during the workshop closing, the Minister of Communications Innovation and Digital Economy, Dr Bosun Tijani, stressed the need for governments and leaders across Africa to take decisions to back up their desires and approaches.

The 4-day Artificial Intelligence workshop was organized by the ministry in collaboration with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) to develop a co-created framework for AI adoption in the country.