India assumes chair of the global partnership on artificial intelligence

India took over the chair of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) on Monday, the Electronics and Information Technology Ministry said.

Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar virtually represented India at the GPAI meeting in Tokyo for takeover by France, which is the outgoing Council President.

On that occasion, the minister said India would work closely with member states to create a framework. “Within this framework, the power of artificial intelligence (AI) can be harnessed for the benefit of citizens and consumers around the world, and ensure there are proper guard rails in place to prevent abuse and user harm.”

Chandrasekhar added that AI is a kinetic enabler to drive current investments in technology and innovation. “India is building an ecosystem of modern cyber laws and frameworks driven by three constraints: openness, security, trust and accountability.”

“With the national AI program, a national data governance framework and one of the world’s largest publicly available datasets in the works, India is committed to using AI efficiently to catalyze the innovation ecosystem around AI, trusted Applications for citizens and the whole world,” said the minister.

“The NDGFP aims to ensure equal access to non-personal data and focus on improving the institutional framework for government data sharing, promoting principles related to privacy and security by design, and encouraging the use of anonymization tools ‘ the ministry added.

It also aims to standardize government data collection and management. The NDGFP, together with the planned Indian data management office IDMO, will catalyze the next generation AI and data-driven research and startup ecosystem.

“AI is projected to contribute US$967 billion to India’s economy by 2035 and US$450-500 billion to India’s GDP by 2025, accounting for 10% of the country’s US$5 trillion GDP target,” the ministry said .

GPAI is an association of 25 member countries including the US, UK, EU, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Republic of Korea and Singapore. India joined in 2020 as a founding member.

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