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Singapore-U.S. Collaboration on AI and Innovation

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In her address at the US-Singapore Roundtable on Artificial Intelligence, Ms Josephine Teo, the Minister for Communications and Information, underscored the deepening partnership between the United States and Singapore in the realms of digital infrastructure, AI innovation, and skills development.

Minister Teo commenced her remarks by extending a warm welcome to US Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo, and expressed gratitude to all participating companies. She highlighted the dynamic energy and robust focus on enterprise innovation that characterises Secretary Raimondo’s approach, further strengthening international partnerships.

Reflecting on her recent visit to Washington DC, Minister Teo emphasised the critical role of private sector collaboration in driving digital advancements. She identified three key areas of cooperation: digital infrastructure and services, AI innovation and governance, and skills development.

Singapore’s commitment to enhancing its digital landscape is evident in its substantial investment, amounting to approximately SG$ 100 billion over the past five years. This investment has significantly boosted the nation’s digitalisation efforts, placing it ahead in the regional context despite its small population. US tech firms, holding a significant market share in Singapore, are major beneficiaries of this tech spend.

Looking ahead, Singapore plans to catalyse further investments, particularly in submarine cables and data centres, anticipating upwards of S$20 billion. The recent launch of the Green Data Centre Roadmap aims to expand existing data centre capacity by up to 35%, aligning with sustainable practices and future growth.

AI innovation and governance form the second pillar of this bilateral cooperation. US companies in Singapore have played a pivotal role in pioneering AI solutions and contributing to AI safety through the AI Verify toolkit. Plans are also underway to establish new AI Centers of Excellence, underscoring the commitment to advancing AI capabilities.

A joint effort between the US Department of Commerce and Singapore has successfully mapped AI governance frameworks, promoting interoperability and reducing compliance burdens for companies. This collaboration aspires to establish international standards, fostering a global framework for AI governance.

Minister Teo highlighted skills development as a cornerstone of sustainable economic growth and employment. Acknowledging the International Monetary Fund’s recognition of Singapore as the world’s most AI-ready country, she stressed the ongoing need to enhance human capital.

US companies have been instrumental in supporting initiatives like the TechSkills Accelerator, aiming to uplift AI capabilities for over 130,000 workers in Singapore in the coming years. This commitment to skills development ensures that the workforce is well-prepared for the evolving digital economy.

The minister lauded the confidence and commitment of US companies in Singapore’s digital economy, evidenced by a pipeline of AI and digital technology investments projected to exceed SG$ 50 billion. These investments signify a strong vote of confidence in Singapore’s strategic position as a digital hub, not only serving its 6 million population but also the broader regional market.

Minister Teo assured that such capital investments, driven by rigorous assessments and expectations of strong returns, reflect a shared vision for mutual success. Singapore remains dedicated to fostering an environment conducive to innovation and growth, benefiting both local and international stakeholders.

OpenGov Asia reported that the swift advancement and broad adoption of AI underscore its dynamic growth and increasing accessibility, reinforcing Singapore’s dedication to leveraging AI for the public good.

Senior Minister of State Janil Puthucheary stressed sustainable data centres, highlighting Singapore’s commitment through the National AI Strategy 2.0 and the Green Data Centre Roadmap. With an SG$ 500 million investment, Singapore aims to balance data centre growth with energy and carbon constraints by improving efficiency, leveraging incentives, and developing new IT energy standards, aligning AI and digitalisation with environmental goals.

The roundtable and similar international initiatives highlight the depth of technological innovations being developed in Singapore and its commitment to leveraging technology for a better future for all.

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