Oliver Wyman suggests creation of AI Centre of Excellence in Qatar
December 19 2021 08:58 PM
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Building an artificial intelligence CoE will provide both an integral part of Qatar's digital future
Building an artificial intelligence CoE will provide both an integral part of Qatar's digital future and will enable it to deliver impact at a national scale, says Jad Haddad, partner at Oliver Wyman.

For Qatar, building an artificial intelligence CoE will provide both an integral part of the nation’s digital future and will enable it to deliver impact at a national scale, says Jad Haddad, partner at Oliver Wyman
 
 
Researcher Oliver Wyman has suggested the creation of an AI Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Qatar, which it said will help develop world-scale artificial intelligence (AI) applications and build on its economic diversification programme.
In a new report the global management consultancy firm said an AI CoE will help Qatar tap into this increasingly critical technology, ensuring that AI is applied for the benefit and support of Qatar’s national agenda, according to the report.
Critically, artificial intelligence has massive potential to diversify local economies, moving them away from oil and gas production.
“Artificial intelligence can also play an important role in enabling national visions, ushering in a future of digital opportunity,” said Jad Haddad, partner at Oliver Wyman.
“For Qatar, building an AI CoE will provide both an integral part of the nation’s digital future and will enable it to deliver impact at a national scale.”
The report highlights the five strategy pillars of an AI CoE, which includes: strategy and vision; services; organisation and governance; technology; and funding and partnerships.
The development in AI applications in both the private and public sectors has seen significant growth globally due to the increase in data generated across social, machine and transactional platforms.
Nations in the GCC have also made investments in the area of AI since recognizing its contribution to global economic growth.
GCC spending on artificial intelligence is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19% by 2023.
A number of GCC nations have developed AI strategies to support their national visions, including the United Arab Emirates in 2017, Qatar in 2019, and Saudi Arabia in 2020.
Already in place in Qatar is the Qatar Centre for Artificial Intelligence (QCAI), which is of major importance for the country as it introduces AI strategy as an enabler to the Qatar National Vision 2030.
“The Qatari Government is using AI to tackle its most critical national concerns,” Haddad noted.
“AI is enabling innovation and helping in transforming the public sector on multiple dimensions. While it is clear the benefits of AI are already significant, there are of course challenges around execution, in particular across governance and organisational digital capabilities,” he added.
 
 



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