(Ecofin Agency) - Kenya is the most prepared country for artificial intelligence in Africa, According to the 2019 Government AI Readiness Index published by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Oxford Insights.
Out of the 194 countries ranked in the world, 12 African countries are in the top100.
Kenya is the 52nd globally followed by Tunisia (54th), Mauritius (60th), South Africa (68th) and Ghana (75th). The other countries in the top100 are Morocco (80th), Uganda (91st), Senegal (93rd), Tanzania (94th) and Rwanda (99th).
The indicators taken into account during the elaboration of this index are personal data protection laws, the existence of an AI strategy, access to public data, E-government implementation, tech competencies, the private sector’s innovation capabilities, the number of AI startups, the importance of IT in the government’s futuristic vision.
CRDI and Oxford Insights indicate that AI can transform public services. However, they fear the disastrous consequences an asymmetric adoption can have around the world.
“Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies are forecasted to add US$15 trillion to the global economy by 2030 […] According to the findings of our Index and as might be expected, the governments of countries in the Global North are better placed to take advantage of these gains than those in the Global South. There is a risk, therefore, that countries in the Global South could be left behind by the so-called fourth industrial revolution. Not only will they not reap the potential benefits of AI, but there is also the danger that unequal implementation widens global inequalities,” the report read.