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OECD AIGO to Complete AI Recommendations (February 11)

- Recommendations to be adopted in OECD Ministerial Council Meeting in May through further consultations

- MSIT and UAE AI Ministry to sign MoU on AI cooperation

- Take this opportunity to specify and accelerate AI cooperation with UAE which established AI Ministry in 2017, for the world’s first time

The Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) announced that the recommendations of the Artificial Intelligence Expert Group* at the OECD (AIGO) were completed at the fourth last meeting of AIGO held in Dubai from February 8 to 9.

* AIGO Chair: Mr. Wonki Min, Vice Minister of Science and ICT

The recommendations adopted by AI expert group consist of general principles and policy recommendations.

- The general principles include the following: (1) inclusive and sustainable growth and well-being (2) human-centered values and fairness (3) transparency (4) safety (5) accountability

- They also include recommended national policy priorities for trustworthy AI, namely: (1) investing in responsible AI research and development (2) fostering an enabling digital ecosystem for AI (3) providing an agile policy environment for AI (4) building human capacity and preparing for job transformation and calls for international cooperation on policies for trustworthy AI.

This AIGO recommendations will be officially adopted and announced by OECD at the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting* (MCM) to be held in May 2019 at the earliest, after going through discussions at the OECD Committee on Digital Economy Policy (CDEP), which is an intergovernmental committee.

* OECD Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM): highest decision-making body of the OECD where Ministers of 35 member countries take part and is held once a year

Vice Minister Min chaired this OECD AIGO as a Korean and under his leadership, the AIGO recommendations will propose authoritative future directions and directives in implementation of AI policies of each country.

- In regard to AI, recommendations were made partially by the private sector or governments. However, this is the first recommendations to reflect the views of governments of advanced countries and international organizations, so this will have great impact on the outcomes of recommendations in the international community, by taking account of OECD’s influence.

The MSIT has supported domestic expert working group to respond to OECD recommendations and aims to actively address advancement in AI through reflecting recommendations in domestic policies.

In the 76th session of the OECD Committee on Digital Economy Policy (CDEP) (May 16-18, 2018), a consensus was reached to complete OECD AI recommendations, by taking account of the great influence the development of AI has on the humanity.

AIGO which consists of approximately 50 AI experts from governments, academia including Harvard and MIT, businesses including Microsoft and IBM and international organizations was formed. The first and second meeting held in Paris at OECD headquarters and the third meeting held in MIT, U.S. were followed by the fourth last expert group meeting in Dubai.

In addition, Vice Minister Min of Science and ICT signed MoU with UAE Minister Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama for AI on promoting AI cooperation, by taking opportunity of the visit to Dubai on February 9(Sat).

The two sides agreed to constitute Director General-level working group to implement cooperation in fields of AI, 5G, data and information security.

The MoU will initiate the technology cooperation and exchanges between the two countries in the field of AI.

Meanwhile, UAE established Ministry for AI in 2017 for the first time in the world, as part of efforts to prioritize AI as national strategies.

In this context, UAE hosted the fourth last meeting of AIGO.

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