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India inks Memorandum of Understanding with the UAE on Artificial Intelligence

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Invest India and the UAE Minister for
Artificial Intelligence (AI) inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for
India – UAE Artificial Intelligence Bridge in the country’s capital, New Delhi.

In a press statement
released by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the partnership is expected
to generate an around USD $20 billion in economic benefits during the next
decade for both the countries. The MoU will bolster development across areas
like Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and Analytics as data and processing
will increase innovation, encourage business growth and serve as the backbone
of more effective and efficient service delivery systems. By 2035 Artificial
Intelligence has the potential to add USD $957 billion to the Indian economy.

The MoU was signed by Mr Omar bin Sultan
Al Olama
, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, and Mr Deepak
Bagla, Managing Director and CEO of Invest India. The Minister of Commerce
& Industry and Civil Aviation, Mr Suresh
Prabhu and Mr H.E. Ahmad Sultan Al
Falahi, the Minister Plenipotentiary – Commercial Attaché were present at the
signing.  

Invest India
is the National Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency of India and acts
as the first point of reference for investors in India. It is a non-profit venture established by the Department of Industrial
Policy and Promotion, under the Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Government
of India.

According to their official website,
Invest India is transforming the country’s investment climate by simplifying
the business environment for its investors. Its experts, specialising across different countries, Indian
states and sectors, handhold investors through their investment lifecycle ⎯ from pre-investment to after-care.

To benefit from advancements in technological
innovation, the release said that the UAE-India collaboration plans to assemble
a UAE-India Working Group (TWG). The TWG is between the UAE Ministry for
Artificial Intelligence, Invest India and Startup India
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative to create a platform for
start-up enterprises to be recognised and
funded.

The TWG is set to meet once a year with the mandate
to increase investment in Artificial Intelligence start-ups and research
activities in collaboration with the private sector.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,
Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE said, “Artificial Intelligence
will lead human development in the coming years. The UAE and India will be at
the forefront of the change to come."

Apart from business, the release said that India and
UAE have other ties- Indians make-up the largest expat community in the UAE at
27% and the UAE is India’s third largest trading partner.

Mr Deepak Bangla said, “AI is going to play a critical role in our lives
and this partnership will provide solutions not only for the citizens of India
and the UAE but for the entire world.”

He added, “India is the world’s fastest expanding
market opportunity, with its talent pool of human capital, well acknowledged
for innovation, while the UAE is a hub of cutting-edge
technologies this makes them natural partners in the field of AI."

The release said that the UAE has invested over USD $5.3
billion in India and infrastructure is one of the top 5 focus sections of
UAE-India bilateral trade. The UAE has committed USD $75 billion towards
infrastructure development in India.

The Government of India is launching multiple
initiatives to create an environment for digital growth through the
implementation of Artificial Intelligence where its potential can be realised in the areas of agriculture supply, health care, and
disaster management services.

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