The United States and Nigeria are ready to start discussions on cooperation in the digital economy and the development of artificial intelligence (AI). The news was announced by Arthur Brown, Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy, ​​during the closing ceremony of a four-day workshop on National AI Strategy in Abuja.

Strengthening economic ties, among other things

Brown explained that within two weeks, senior US officials will travel to Abuja for a conference organized by the US-Nigeria Bi-National Commission. He also highlighted plans to organize an AI conference in Lagos, building on the success of the recent workshop.

The intended cooperation between the two countries focuses on strengthening economic ties and ensuring a safe, transparent and reliable application of AI. Brown stated that the US, through various agencies, is ready to work with Nigeria as equal partners, with a special focus on talent development, infrastructure, research and innovation.

Dr. Bosun Tijani, Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, stressed the importance of action from African governments and leaders to support their AI ambitions and strategies. According to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers, AI could contribute as much as $15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030.

Launch of first major multilingual language model

The workshop also led to the launch of Nigeria’s first major multilingual language model, a step towards a leading position in AI development in Africa. The Nigerian government invited experts and scientists of Nigerian origin in August 2023 to collaborate on the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy.

These developments demonstrate a strong commitment to advancing the digital economy and artificial intelligence, essential for both the economic growth and technological advancement of Nigeria and the broader international community.


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