Govt finalises Artificial Intelligence (AI) strategy, set to launch in two months


Government has announced the completion of the drafted Artificial Intelligence (AI) strategy, which is expected to guide the country in harnessing the benefits of the latest technologies.

Technology and Science Minister, Felix Mutati, disclosed that the AI strategy was set to be launched in the next two months.

Speaking at a side event at the ongoing Copperbelt Agricultural Mining Industrial Networking Enterprise (CAMINEX) in Kitwe, Mutati said AI would bring significant economic benefits to the country.

“Artificial Intelligence has the potential to help Zambia achieve its ambition of producing three million tonnes of copper annually through enhanced exploration,” he said.

Mutati also noted that AI would create alternative jobs in the economy and expedite mineral exploration.

With the rollout of the fifth generation (5G) network, AI would now benefit the nation more, as more services would be provided easily.

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“The Ministry will next month host an Artificial Intelligence Conference to prepare the country for a future with AI,” Mutati revealed.

He said AI was here to stay and Zambians should not fear its existence or the potential loss of jobs.

Acting Director for Technology and Science in the Ministry, Dr Larry Mweetwa, said consultations with stakeholders on the AI strategy would begin soon.

“Government wants to get input from the industry on how best to benefit from artificial intelligence,” Mweetwa stated.

He also disclosed that the Ministry was in the process of training its staff in AI.

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