Development Bank, Intel to equip African countries with Artificial Intelligence skills


The African Development Bank (AfDB) and technology giant Intel have formalised cooperation to transform the African digital ecosystem.

The partnership aims to equip three million Africans and 30,000 government officials with Artificial Intelligence (AI) skills, according to

It would also support African countries, regional economic communities and continental organizations in developing harmonized policy and regulatory frameworks in AI, 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, data and cloud.

Sealed at the recent African Development Bank’s Annual Meetings in Nairobi, Kenya, the deal would help create a critical mass of Africans proficient in Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) skills to accelerate growth and productivity and position Africans as contributors.

The training would address socio-economic challenges and boost productivity in key growth sectors such as agriculture, health, and education, thereby disrupting traditional growth cycles.

Bienvenu Agbokponto Soglo, Director of government Affairs Africa and IGA CTO Liaison at Intel stated, “Intel looks forward to furthering its collaboration with African governments to make advanced technologies such as AI accessible to all, breaking down barriers related to geography, gender, and ethnicity, and enabling widespread participation in the digital economy.”

Ousmane Fall, AfDB’s acting Director of Industrial and Trade Development underscored the importance of digital skills for Africa’s youth.

“With advancements in digital technology, our world is rapidly evolving, and so is our youthful population, projected to reach 830 million by 2050. To develop skills on a large scale and at the necessary speed, we need everyone’s cooperation,” he said.

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