ADDIS ABABA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has inaugurated on Sunday an artificial intelligence (AI) research and development facility, which will boost technological innovations in Ethiopia.
“Designed to support young entrepreneurs through capacity building and research excellence, I am quite pleased to inaugurate the Artificial Intelligence Center, which will be a site for development of functional and problem solving technological innovations,” the Prime Minister said.
Abiy’s cabinet approved the establishment of the center in the country on January 24, 2020..
Authorities say it will work on safeguarding Ethiopia’s national interests through the development of AI services, products and solutions based on research, among other things.
This was the latest of a series of steps taken by the government to modernize its various sectors and facilitate effort to digitize its economy.
“We do not seek to cultivate youth who only watch from a distance and adopt the world’s industrial revolution,” Abiy said.
AI is the ability to optimize computerized machines for real solutions using special technology practices by focusing human interactions on a number of studies.
The Prime Minister seized the opportunity during Sunday’s event to caution Ethiopians here and in diaspora to not be tools of money laundering.
“In this current period where we’re taking great strides to balance the macroeconomic environment, including through the introduction of technology,” he said, “I would also like to take this opportunity to caution all Ethiopians locally and abroad to not be tools of money laundering”.
He also urged all Ethiopia’s Diaspora community “to use appropriate channels of remittance to ensure that you’re not a channel for illicit currency transfers” amidst a period of currency change.
The East African nation rolled out new banknotes – with birr 10, 50 and 100 denomination and unveiled a new 200 birr note – with enhanced security features and other distinctive elements.