The Deputy Minister of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy, Mr. Philippos Hadjizacharias signed on behalf of the Republic of Cyprus, the Joint Declaration on Artificial Intelligence, during the MED9 Ministerial Meeting on the Digital Economy held on September 20, 2023, in Malta. According to the Declaration, MED9 (an alliance of nine Mediterranean and Southern European Union Member States) recognizes the transformative potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in shaping the digital future.
During the Ministerial Meeting, Mr. Hadjizacharias highlighted the importance of taking advantage of digital technologies and optimizing innovation capacity, in the interest of supporting sustainable growth. He mentioned that advanced digital technologies have already created significant benefits, notably in the form of increased efficiency, accuracy, timeliness, and convenience in a wide range of public services.
The Deputy Minister stressed that Cyprus is determined to achieve a green and digital transformation, accelerating the implementation of advanced technologies such as 5G, fiber optics, high-performance computing, and blockchain technology. He made special reference to AI, outlining Cyprus’ national strategy that includes implementing AI solutions in the public sector, in education and in crisis management, whilst drawing the attention of the delegates to the significant challenges entailed in the fields of human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
It is reminded that in 2020, the Government of Cyprus approved a national AI strategy based on four main pillars: i) maximizing investments through partnerships, ii) creation of national data spaces, iii) promotion of talents and lifelong learning, and iv) development of an ethical and reliable AI.
At the same time, the proposed EU’s AI Regulation is at the final stages before adoption and is expected to become the world’s first comprehensive legal framework for ΑΙ.
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