On Monday, India took over the chair of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) for 2022-23 at the meeting of the body in Tokyo, from France, which is the outgoing Council Chair.
Rajeev Chandrasekhar, the Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, represented the country virtually at the GPAI meeting for the symbolic takeover from the outgoing chair. This development followed closely after India assumed the Presidency of the G20, a league of the world’s largest economies.
Here, it must be noted that India received more than a two-thirds majority of first-preference votes, followed by Canada and the US as the two best places in the tally.
Speaking on the occasion, Chandrasekhar stated that India will work closely with member countries to put in place a framework so that the power of AI could be harnessed for the good of consumers across the world as well as ensure suitable guardrails to avert misuse.
Further, as per the official statement by the Ministry, “India occupying the chair of the Global Partnership on AI 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 citizens' lives.”
AI is likely to pump USD $967 billion into the Indian economy by 2035 and USD 450–500 billion into the country's GDP by the next three years, states the ministry.
The Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence is an international initiative to promote the responsible use of AI that supports human-centric development and democratic values. It is a congregation of 25 member countries, which includes the United States, United Kingdom, European Union, Canada, Australia, Italy, Denmark, and Singapore, among others.
It is the first of its kind initiative which aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice on AI and to better understand the challenges and opportunities around AI using the experience and diversity of participating countries.
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