The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said Sunday that India will chair the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence for the period 2022-23 at a meeting of the body in Tokyo on November 21.
In the election for the presidency of the Council, India received more than two-thirds of the first preference votes, while Canada and the United States of America took the next two places in the count – so they were elected to the two. The ministry said in a statement that additional government seats are on the steering committee.
Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology Rajiv Chandrasekhar will represent India at the handover ceremony in Tokyo.
“Following on assuming the presidency of the G20, a league of the world’s largest economies, India will chair the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI), an international initiative to support the responsible, human-centered development and use of artificial intelligence.”
GPAI is a grouping of 25 member countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, and Singapore.
India joined the group as a founding member in 2020.
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“Rajeev Chandrasekhar will represent India at the GPAI meeting to be held in Tokyo on November 21, 2022, for the symbolic acquisition of France, which holds the outgoing chairmanship of the council,” the statement said.
For the Steering Committee 2022-2023, the five government seats will be held by Japan (as Steering Committee Chair and Co-Chair of the Steering Committee), France (outgoing Council Chair), India (incoming Council Chair), Canada and the United States.
The statement said: “India’s occupation of the chair is also indicative of how the world today views India as a reliable technical partner and one that has always advocated the ethical use of technology to change the lives of citizens.”
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 percent of the country’s $5 trillion gross domestic product.
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GPAI is a first-of-its-kind initiative to develop a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities related to artificial intelligence 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, international organizations and leading experts from industry, civil society, governments and academia to collaborate and promote the responsible development of artificial intelligence and guide the responsible development and use of artificial intelligence, based on human rights, inclusion, diversity, innovation and economic growth, the statement said.