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AU CTS-ICT: Morocco Highlights Digital’s Importance as Lever for Socio-Economic Development


  23 Novembre      19        Economy (14889), Editor's choice (2783),

   

Addis Ababa, 23/11/2023 (MAP) – Morocco highlighted, here Thursday, the importance of digital as a lever for socio-economic development, before the 5th ordinary session of the Specialized Technical Committee (CTS) of the African Union (AU) on Communication and ICT.

The Moroccan delegation underlined the initiatives and actions undertaken by Morocco in the field of digital transition in all its aspects concerning, among other things, training of young talents in ICT professions, establishment of the necessary infrastructure, public services (e-Government), Open Data, protection of personal data, improvement of postal services and the fight against cybercrime.

As part of the presentation of the draft conceptual framework of the Continental Strategy on Artificial Intelligence, the Moroccan delegation highlighted some actions undertaken by Morocco in this area, underlining the importance that the Kingdom attaches to youth training in AI, by integrating it into data science-oriented university programs and by inaugurating research and development centers interested in this field.

The Moroccan delegation also referred to the International Center for Artificial Intelligence at the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, which is considered as a center of excellence in AI and aims to promote the emergence of know-how in AI and Data Sciences.

In addition, the Moroccan delegation recalled that Morocco is among the first countries to establish a strategic partnership framework with UNESCO for the use and development of AI.

During a session dedicated to the presentation of the draft continental policy for the safety and empowerment of children online, the Moroccan delegation highlighted the kingdom’s initiatives, which put, under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, the protection of children at the heart of its priorities by strengthening the relevant legal system and undertaking various actions aimed at protecting children from any threat likely to disrupt their growth and development.

During this session, the Moroccan delegation also supported the proposition of an African digital market, a flagship project of Agenda 2063 which will contribute positively to achieving the Zlecaf.

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