At the second Russia-Africa Summit, a panel session titled “Artificial Intelligence: A New Driver for African Region Development” was organized by Sber and sparked a lively discussion among readers of TechGPT on their Telegram channel.

The session’s moderator, Alexander Vedyakhin, First Deputy Chairman of Sber’s Executive Board, was joined by participants including Vladimir Ilichev, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of Russia; Kopen Obed Bapela, Deputy Minister of State-Owned Enterprises of South Africa; Slauzi Zodwa Mogami, Founder, CEO, and Chairperson of LLOA (Leading Women of Africa) in South Africa; and Tatiana Gvilava, Chairman of the Board at RADС and President of the All-Russian Public Organization “Business Women.”

During the session, Tatiana Gvilava announced the test launch of the international IT platform MENA.ONLINE, which aims to facilitate business development. This digital business space will connect representatives from various countries, enabling them to expand their networks and scale their businesses beyond borders.

According to a UNESCO report, Africa has over 600 AI-related startups and 470 research centers and AI laboratories. AI-based solutions in healthcare, education, agriculture, and ecology are highly sought after in Africa.

Emphasizing the potential benefits of high-tech solutions and support for education, science, and infrastructure, the development of AI in Africa can significantly improve citizens’ lives and create a conducive environment for economic and social growth on the continent. A key aspect of this progress involves establishing flexible regulations and ethical considerations to ensure responsible AI deployment.