Egypt has risen 34 places on the “Government AI Readiness Index” indicator, the Egyptian Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) revealed in a newly published infographic.
The index, issued by global consulting firm Oxford Insights and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), measures the extent of governments’ willingness to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies.
These are provided as public services to their citizens according to three main pillars and 33 sub-indicators, the most prominent of which are: the AI National Strategy; E-government Services; Innovation Capacity; and Data Protection and Privacy Legislations.
The main indicator, the Government AI Readiness Index, ranks countries according to three main pillars: the government pillar, the technology sector pillar, and the data and infrastructure pillar. Egypt has managed to advance in the ranking on two pillars, and now stands at above the global average to occupy 56th position on the Technology pillar, and 117th on the Data and Infrastructure pillar.
Egypt came in 7th out of 17 Arab countries, and 8th out of 18 countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The UAE was the highest countries in the Arab index, while the US and the UK came as the highest countries in the global index.
The index aims to oversee the implementation of an AI strategy, and invites Egypt to form a working group of the African Union on AI. In addition, Cairo University is now among the top 200 universities in the world in the fields of engineering and technology.