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India to assume chair of global partnership on Artificial Intelligence

AI is expected to add $967 billion to the Indian economy by 2035 and $450–500 billion to India’s GDP by 2025.

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

Close on the heels of assuming the Presidency of G20, India is set to take over the Chair of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI), an international initiative to support responsible and human-centric development and use of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

AI is catalyzing the tech landscape and pushing further the envelope of human possibilities. AI is expected to add $967 billion to the Indian economy by 2035 and $450–500 billion to India’s GDP by 2025, accounting for 10 per cent of the country’s $5 trillion GDP target. AI is a Kinetic enabler for growth of India’s Technology ecosystem and a force multiplier for achieving the $1 Trillion Digital Economy goal by 2025.

The GPAI is a congregation of 25 member countries, including the US, the UK, EU, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, South, and Singapore. India had joined in 2020.

Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Rajeev Chandrasekhar will represent India at the GPAI meeting to be held in Tokyo tomorrow for the symbolic takeover from France, which is the outgoing Council Chair.

In the election to the Council Chair, India had received more than a two-third majority of first-preference votes while Canada and the United States ranked in the two next best places in the tally – so they were elected to the two additional government seats on the Steering Committee.

For the 2022-2023 Steering Committee, the five government seats will, therefore, be held by Japan (as Lead Council Chair and Co-Chair of the Steering Committee), France (Outgoing Council Chair), India (Incoming Council Chair), Canada and the United States.

India occupying the chair also signifies how the world today perceives India as a Trusted Technology partner and one that has always advocated for the ethical use of technology for transforming citizen’s lives.

The GPAI is a first-of-its-type initiative for evolving better understanding of challenges and opportunities around AI using the experience and diversity of participating countries. The alliance will look to bridge the gap between theory and practice by supporting advanced research and applied activities on AI-related priorities.

It works in collaboration with partners and international organizations, leading experts from industry, civil society, governments, and academia to collaborate to promote responsible evolution of AI and guide the responsible development and use of AI, grounded in human rights, inclusion, diversity, innovation, and economic growth.