The Government of Change, through the ICT Minister, Mauricio Lizcano, today signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with HE Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence of the United Arab Emirates, to advance its efforts to make Colombia a Digital Power. With these agreements, the development of Artificial Intelligence in the country and digital education in the country are promoted, thanks to international cooperation with one of the nations that has the most advances in technology issues worldwide.
“Today we signed an agreement with the United Arab Emirates to become an Artificial Intelligence Hub for Latin America. This agreement includes the formation of a Committee of Experts, the identification of the necessary research infrastructure and the development of digital and computational skills to be able to build “this Hub, and the sources of financing. The project will be developed with the support of this country and world-class companies, and once we have it ready we will begin to build it, with the help of the Emirates,” explained the ICT Minister, Mauricio Lizcano (@MauricioLizcano).
The Artificial Intelligence MoU aims to promote cooperation and the exchange of experiences between the two countries, to encourage and promote innovation, competitiveness and social well-being. Research and project development will be stimulated in strategic areas for Colombia, such as the creation of a roadmap for a long-range Artificial Intelligence Hub in the country.
Among other actions that this MoU will allow are AI-related capacity development activities, such as the exchange of best practices, the implementation of personnel exchanges and the conduct of joint studies; policy consulting and technical assistance in the development of Artificial Intelligence; the exchange of models of Artificial Intelligence centers (laboratories, educational programs) and strategies for the governance of Artificial Intelligence, and
the establishment of an AI Cooperation Committee, to facilitate the implementation of the cooperation activities defined in the Memorandum. This agreement will have a duration of two years, which may be extended if the countries so wish.
The digital education MoU ratifies the announcement made in 2023 that the Institución Etnoeducativa Integral Boarding Indigenous of Nazareth and the Boarding School of San José, in La Guajira, would be the beneficiaries of the project with The Digital School, an initiative that promotes efforts for the transformation of education through the incorporation of digital media. The entire educational community, including students and teachers, will be impacted by this project, taking advantage of the educational platform that the initiative will implement. The agreement will have an initial duration of two years, extendable if the parties so wish.
International Agenda of Minister Lizcano
During his visit to Dubai, ICT Minister Mauricio Lizcano will participate in the World Governments Summit, a Summit that brings together governments, international organizations, thought leaders and private sector leaders from around the world, to promote international cooperation and allow governments identify innovative solutions to future challenges, inspiring and empowering the next generation of government. His motto in this edition is “Forming the Governments of the Future.”