USING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TO ADVANCE MOROCCO'S NEW DEVELOPMENT MODEL AND THE RELATED SDGS
In September 2022, Al Akhawayn University and Engage AI hosted an immersive conference to enable the Moroccan public and private sectors, academia, and civil society, at national and international levels, to engage and debate some of the key questions related to the relevance, purpose, and appropriateness of AI for Development. In Morocco’s case, the focus will be on its National Development Model (NDM), and the diverse SDGs involved in this model.
The conference provided the broad context of how AI is transforming daily life and how it is shaping our concept of what knowledge is, how it is acquired, and how it is used to address society’s most pressing global challenges. The conference will also focus on how to underscore local development priorities in health, education, public sectors, and employment in Morocco. Moreover, we discussed the potential benefits of AI to achieve SDGs 3, 4, 8, and 16 and address the mitigation of potential risks and negative impacts.
Al Akhawayn University
Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane is an independent, public, not-for-profit, coeducational, Moroccan university committed to educating future citizen-leaders of Morocco and the world through a globally oriented, English-language, liberal arts curriculum based on the American system. The university enhances Morocco and engages the world through leading-edge educational and research programs, including continuing and executive education, upholds the highest academic and ethical standards, and promotes equity and social responsibility.
Engage AI is a pioneering and experimental not-for-profit organization working to support the deployment of artificial intelligence / machine learning (AI/ML) as a means of improving lives in diverse communities throughout the world. We believe that by leveraging the data-mining and predictive capabilities of AI/ML, these communities can independently create opportunities, allocate resources, and build capacity for future needs in alignment with the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).