Delivering the special guest of honour’s address at the 2018 African Transformation Forum (ATF), 2nd Edition, organized by the African Center for Economic Transformation ( ACET) at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia said Google’s Artificial Intelligence research centre will work with local universities and research institutions to discover the potential uses of Artificial Intelligence in Africa.
Artificial Intelligence is intelligence demonstrated by machines, in contrast to the natural intelligence displayed by humans and other animals. Artificial Intelligence (AI), is therefore considered as the theory and development of computer systems which are able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages.
The Founder and President of ACET, K.Y. Amoako in his welcome address stated that transformational leadership in Africa is a prerequisite for Africa’s ability to accomplish any meaningful development on the continent. He announced the formation of an African Transformation Panel which will be chaired by the former President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The panel will be responsible for giving direction to drive economic transformation in Africa. Most of the work of the panel will focus on youth education, technology & innovation, transformational leadership, climate & energy and regional integration in Africa.
ATF 2018 is a dialogue for action on the development of Africa. It offers an unparalleled opportunity for the private sector and other non-state actors to get engaged and help shape the course of economic transformation in Africa. The forum will also take stock of progress made in the Pan-African Coalition for Transformation (PACT). Launched at ATF 2016, PACT is a mechanism for high-level government, private sector and civil society stakeholders to collaborate across sectors and borders to speed up implementation of transformative policies and reforms.
The conference also allowed attendees to contribute directly to the formation of action plans for several PACT thematic chapters, including those focused on resource mobilization, manufacturing, agriculture, extractives and skills development. Lastly, the forum will also feature a private sector CEO roundtable in which a panel of leading executives share their thoughts and strategies on the vital role of the business community in Africa’s transformation process.
Four Heads of State, fifteen Ministers of State from across Africa, over fifty high-level government officials, some seventy CEOs and leaders from businesses across the private sector, heads of international foundations, development agencies and civil society organizations participated in the forum.
Additionally, experts and entrepreneurs from a cross-section of industries, including finance, agriculture, infrastructure, extractives and manufacturing and Journalists from global and African media, including print, digital, radio and television also participated in the forum.