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‘Qatar Leads in AI Regulation Implementation’

‘Qatar Leads in AI Regulation Implementation’

Abdulaziz bin Nasser Al Khalifa, President of the Civil Service and Government Development Bureau (CSGDB), emphasized Qatar’s pioneering role in developing laws and regulations for Artificial Intelligence (AI) during a panel discussion titled “Artificial Intelligence in Real Life” at the Qatar Economic Forum in Doha. Al Khalifa highlighted the clear path Qatar has taken in utilizing AI and the ongoing collaboration between the public and private sectors, as well as the Qatari legislature, to maximize its benefits.

Al Khalifa stated that Qatar is following in the footsteps of Europe in the implementation of AI, integrating it into various applications and establishing the necessary structures and regulations to support Qatar National Vision 2030 and enhance smart e-governance.

He further noted that Qatar possesses significant material and human resources, including the requisite skills to effectively engage with AI. Qatar’s successful utilization of AI in organizing the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and fan management, through cutting-edge technologies and related applications, was highlighted. Additionally, the establishment of the Kawader National E-Recruitment Portal to match job supply and demand, as well as health-related applications for citizen protection, were mentioned as examples of Qatar’s AI-driven initiatives.

Regarding the future of AI and its impact on job opportunities, Al Khalifa acknowledged the challenges of making accurate predictions but anticipated positive impacts resulting in new job creation and enhanced skills for users and governments, akin to the transformative effects of the internet. He emphasized the need for responsible handling of AI, acquiring expertise to utilize it for the betterment of humanity, finding solutions, and overcoming challenges while safeguarding data, privacy, and security.

Keynote speakers in the session emphasized the importance of raising awareness about AI, which has become an integral part of daily life and has witnessed significant growth, particularly with the application of ChatGPT in production, marketing, and data management.

They underscored the need to exercise caution when utilizing AI, as machines lack ethical and human value systems. 

The speakers acknowledged the widespread use of the ChatGPT application and emphasized the importance of engaging in dialogue to navigate the challenges associated with it. They predicted further significant advancements in AI for individuals and governments, emphasizing the need for training on AI usage and the adoption of new mindsets by investors and consumers alike.

President Al Khalifa’s remarks at the Qatar Economic Forum shed light on Qatar’s progressive approach to AI regulation and utilization. The focus on collaboration between sectors, along with an emphasis on responsible AI deployment, highlights Qatar’s commitment to leveraging technology for the benefit of its citizens and achieving its long-term vision.