TechInAfrica – The Republic of Congo and The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) inaugurated The African Research Center on Artificial Intelligence on Thursday (24/02).
Located in the North of Brazzaville, the research center will advance artificial intelligence applications in many sectors and create economic opportunities while accelerating the development through interdisciplinary research.
The center was supported by ECA and its international partners such as UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), UNESCO, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), and the Jack Ma Foundation among others.
The center development began in March 2021 after a signed partnership between the Republic of Congo and ECA during the official opening ceremony of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development’s 7th session.
“The center will be the first of its kind in Africa, and it will provide a regional hub for the development of emerging technologies in the region,” ECA states.
“Congo will serve as a regional AI hub across the continent to give access to the deepest and highest quality pool of AI talent.”
The center will provide AI and robotics training for researchers and citizens. Students can also pursue their master’s degree in AI and data science in the center.
The center will offer training in AI and robotics for researchers, youths, and interested citizens. It will also offer the same skills to talented elementary and senior school students.