Prime Minister of the Republic of Congo, Anatole Collinet Makosso, has expressed “immense gratitude” to the leadership of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) for choosing Congo to host the first-ever African Research Centre on Artificial Intelligence (ARCAI).
The centre was inaugurated in February in Brazzaville. ARCAI, according to Makosso, is “the consequence of a fruitful collaboration between the ECA and the Congolese government.” He commended Vera Songwe, the UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the ECA, for her efforts in bringing the project to fruition.
The AI centre, according to Makosso, is a big step forward in President Denis Sassou Nguesso’s vision of promoting innovation and the digital economy.
ARCAI, according to stakeholders, funded by the ECA and partners, aims to provide technological education and skills to stimulate job creation, bridge the digital gap, increase inclusive economic growth, and assure Africa’s ownership of modern digital tools. It will also support research and development in digital policy, infrastructure, and finance.
Songwe congratulated the Congolese government for facilitating the establishment of the AI centre, which she called a crucial step in furthering Africa’s innovation and job creation.
She stated that the government must provide fast, inexpensive, and dependable broadband internet to facilitate the much-needed digital transformation.
ARCAI is established in the Denis Sassou Nguesso’s University of Kintélé, recognised as a platform for business analysis across the continent. The AI Centre offers hybrid training modalities in AI and robotics for researchers, youths, and interested citizens. It also provides talented elementary and high school pupils with basic AI and robotics skill training.
The provision of state-of-the-art AI research facilities, partnership with top-ranked African universities, developing a network of highly skilled researchers, and training to support citizens in becoming scholars and researchers are all foundations of ARCAI’s mission.