Lusaka, Thursday (June 27, 2024)

The Minister of Science and Technology, Felix Mutati, has announced that the Zambian Government is in the process of establishing an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Framework. Mr Mutati said Zambia is currently formulating an AI Strategy in collaboration with the Tony Blair Institute.He said the country is also working with the European Union (EU) to develop a Start-up Bill.Mr Mutati highlighted the significance of an enabling Framework for the deployment of AI, emphasizing that the Government is actively revising the Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Act, which plays a crucial role in facilitating the deployment of AI.The announcements were made during the official launch of the Future of AI in Africa Conference in Lusaka, organized by Compu-Connect Education Group. Sarah Luyele Njamu, the Chief Executive Officer of Compu-Connect Education Group, earlier underscored Zambia’s advantageous position to harness AI for economic growth, improved healthcare, enhanced education, and sustainable development. Ms Njamu attributed this to the country’s vibrant and youthful population, which presents unique opportunities for leveraging AI technology.

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