Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence Whitepaper ‘AI for Good’ in Kenya

AI has the potential to enhance productivity and growth by expanding opportunities in key sectors for Kenya and the wider continent.

Microsoft together with the Strathmore University and Access Partnership launched the white paper for it’s Artificial Intelligence (AI)  Africa program in Kenya in April.

The whitepaper titled ‘An Opportunity for Growth, Development, and Democratisation’ was unveiled at the Microsoft Policy Innovation Centre, at Strathmore University Law School, aims to explore how Kenya can make optimum use of AI, to positively impact economic and social growth, development, and inclusion.

“Through providing workers, entrepreneurs, and organisations with access to high-quality digital tools, they will be empowered to compete at a global level and be at the forefront of economic transformation,” said Winnie Karanu, Business Development and Program Manager at Microsoft.

“Success of implementation will depend on the ability of governments to foster collaboration among all stakeholders — state and civil society, academia, industry, and national and international stakeholders. If all parties embrace the challenges of AI, Kenya will reap the benefits of a vibrant AI ecosystem,” she added.

Ahmed El Essawi, Government Affairs Manager, Microsoft Middle East and Africa – who is managing the series of events at the Microsoft Policy Innovation Centres across the region highlighted the importance of the partnership saying, “Showcasing Microsoft’s role as an ally for stakeholders within the Kenyan corporate sphere and ensuring its citizens can benefit from the full potential that AI technologies bring with it will only mean that ultimately, some of the region’s most pervasive problems will be addressed head-on.”

Further speaking of the event and its partnership with Microsoft, Dr Isaac Rutenberg, Director for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law at Strathmore University expressed that the institution is excited to provide a platform and environment for these discussions to take place.

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