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Strategy will outline how Artificial Intelligence could be deployed in Malta

‘We want to put Malta among the top 10 in the world for AI policies’, says Silvio Schembri

On the 21st of March, a workshop on Artificial Intelligence (AI) is going to be organised with an aim of providing further details as well as present the outcomes of some of the discussions the Malta.AI Taskforce has had so far following its launch. 

This was announced by Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation Silvio Schembri while addressing the Artificial Intelligence in Gaming: In a Responsible Way conference organised by Nouv and Tomobox in collaboration with Microsoft and SIGMA at the Microsoft Innovation Center. 

“The public consultation workshop by the Malta.AI Taskforce will provide a better picture of where the strategy is heading and which are the identified pillars that will be focused upon”, explained Schembri, while extending the invitation to all experts and interested parties to be part of this public consultation and put forward their view, and together formulate a long-term strategy for Artificial Intelligence. 

 

Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation Silvio Schembri 

Schembri explained that the strategy will eventually develop cutting edge use-cases of how AI could be deployed in Malta and understand better how it can be applied by government to further improve the services given to the citizens. 

Schembri added that the drafting of a National AI Strategy will be in the hands of the Malta.AI Taskforce, which will then be implemented by the newly established Malta Digital Innovation Authority, recently entrusted with regulation of DLT products and services. 

“Our aim is to put Malta amongst the top 10 countries in the world with an Artificial Intelligence Policy. Hence, the ambitious vision that we have prioritises the importance of discussion on the subject, builds awareness of the key topics and issues that will inform a national AI Framework, and identifies regulatory and fiscal measures to strengthen Malta’s appeal as a hub for foreign investment in this sector, as well as identifies the underlying skill base and infrastructure needed to support AI”, said Schembri. 

On this day, Microsoft celebrated the 6th anniversary since the inauguration of the Microsoft Innovation Centre. Together with representatives from Microsoft, Parliamentary Secretary Schembri discussed future collaboration with both parties to enhance the company’s presence and contribution in new emergent sectors. 

 

Source: Press Release by the Parliamentary Secretariat for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation 

Photo Credits: Clodagh Farrugia O'Neil

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