(Ecofin Agency) - In January of this year, Benin adopted a national strategy for artificial intelligence and big data. To implement this strategy, the country is preparing a comprehensive plan.
The Benin Council of Ministers has approved the conduct of a feasibility study for " integrating specific basic and continuing training in programming, basic artificial intelligence languages and big data management into the education system,” according to the final communiqué from the Council meeting on November 8.
This new step is part of the implementation of the National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence and Big Data, approved last January and spanning from 2023 to 2027. The strategy aims to equip training entities to handle artificial intelligence and big data projects, adopt regulations governing ethical and responsible matters, and establish and deploy capacity-building programs for public and private stakeholders.
Feasibility studies will also separately address other components of the strategy. "The completion of these feasibility studies will provide detailed information for each program, enabling the direct implementation of projects," noted the Council.
Implementing this strategy will enable the country to seize current and future opportunities related to artificial intelligence and massive data processing, making it more attractive for various investments, especially from the private sector and development partners.
Let’s note that the Council did not provide details on the timeline for the study or the identity of the service provider that will conduct it.