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The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) signed an agreement to create a set of “Global AI Readiness Frameworks” for key socio-economic domains that could help countries adopt best practices in harnessing AI’s full potential.

Developed by the ITU with funding support from SDAIA, the frameworks could help understand where AI is being used most effectively and help any country to build its own AI economy. 

SDAIA President HE Dr. Abdullah bin Sharaf Alghamdi remarked, “We truly believe that nations should collaborate and exchange as much of the AI know-how and best practices as possible to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of national efforts.”

Based on its technical focus groups on AI, ITU will leverage its AI for Good multi-stakeholder community of experts to define the methodology and conduct the study to develop the set of “Global AI Readiness Frameworks.”

ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao said, “Continuous AI innovation will be required to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The set of frameworks will help to level the playing field, allowing more governments around the world to learn best practices both to use AI to be more effective with their resources and to help foster economic growth by supporting AI startups within their borders.”

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