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India appoints committee over AI strategy; Singapore plans AV shuttles

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Good morning, Another potpourri of news items from around the region today. One of the key stories is
 
October 24 · Issue #108 · View online
Asia AI News
Good morning,
Another potpourri of news items from around the region today.
One of the key stories is the Indian government’s formation of a select four-member committee last week to agree responsibilities for implementing the country’s AI strategy, principally between the government think-tank NITI Aayog and Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY).
Headed by the Indian government’s principal scientific advisor K Vijay Raghavan, the committee is also expected to include Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology; Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog; and Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary of MeitY.
NITI Aayog was mandated by the government to establish a ‘National Programme on AI’ last year and published a 'discussion paper’ on a three-pronged national AI strategy. However, the body was not able to move forward with the resources and committees needed to develop a detailed strategy and implementation plan.
In early September the Indian government had approved a budget of Rs 7,000 crore (or $1 billion) to develop and implement India’s AI strategy until the 2024-2025 fiscal year budget. The budget had been a matter of debate for months, primarily - it has been reported - because of Ministry of Finance’s concerns about NITI Aayog duplicating the work of MeitY.
In fact, it seems that MeitY had sent its own budget proposal to the expenditure finance committee (EFC) for the development of a national AI strategy: including possible duplications of NITI Aayog’s proposal.
It will be interesting to see how quickly the new committee works through the issues and puts India’s national AI strategy back on track.
And, whilst I have your attention, you’re welcome to read my latest story about tea leaves and blockchain in The National newspaper today.
/Carrington

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