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UNESCO plans to host conference on artificial intelligence in Africa


Jeffrey Murimbechi, Pretoria

Africa is set to host its first ever conference on artificial intelligence says United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Assistant Director-General Dr Flavia Schlegel.

Speaking on behalf of UNESCO at the opening of the Science Forum South Africa in Pretoria, she says there is a ray of hope for the continent through the untapped potential in science and innovation.

“[We are] Facing complex and interlinked environmental, social and economic challenges.  The resources, solutions and the human potential to respond to these challenges lie in Africa.

“This is why UNESCO today and tomorrow is organizing another conference on the African continent together with African partners on artificial intelligence in Africa,” she said.

A panel of global thought-leaders yesterday declared a renewed intent to stimulate debate about the role of science in addressing societal challenges.

Dr Schegel is reassured by Africa’s growth and comprehension of the global movement for science and innovation.

“It has been encouraging to observe over the past few years as young innovators form across the continent igniting conversations and show casing enormous potential and solution to African challenges in water, energy, food and health just to name a few,” she said.

Delegates from all over Africa and the parts of the rest of the globe were at the opening ceremony of the Science Forum South Africa 2018, themed Igniting Conversation About Science, at the University of Pretoria’s Hillcrest Campus.

Global science stakeholders and key influencers were preparing for the summit that kicks off at the CSIR today.


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