Spotlight Series

AI Readiness Spotlight Series

In writing our flagship Government AI Readiness Index each year since 2018, the team at Oxford Insights comes across a huge variety of approaches to supporting and governing artificial intelligence from governments around the world. While we try to highlight some of this variety in each edition of our index, we can’t include as much detail as we would like on individual countries’ visions and attitudes toward AI policy.

To dig into this variety, we are providing an inside look into how countries around the world are enabling, supporting, and regulating AI. Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll be publishing a series of country spotlights, profiling individual countries’ AI efforts based on interviews with civil servants and policymakers from each country. While some baseline standards should be followed, we feel each country should tailor its approach to AI to fit its own culture and institutions, and we want to highlight these nuances in AI policy.

Our goal is to raise awareness of the different ways countries around the world are getting ready to adopt AI for the public good. We hope to build a library of experiences that policymakers across the globe can draw upon in their work on AI. Many countries may share common challenges, and we hope our work can facilitate international collaboration and the sharing of learnings on AI.

This page will be updated with links to every country spotlight we post, so keep checking for updates!

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Canada's AI Policy: Leading the Way in Ethics, Innovation, and Talent

Canada has become a leader in the field of AI policy, taking proactive steps to promote responsible and inclusive AI innovation through a solid policy and regulatory framework. We explored Canada’s efforts on AI policy with Dr. Nipun Vats, Assistant Deputy Minister of Science and Research, and Mark Schaan, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister of Strategy and Innovation Policy, at Innovation, Science and Economic Development of Canada.

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Strengthening AI Governance in Chile: GobLab UAI and the Importance of Collaboration

In 2021, the Chilean Ministry of Technology, Knowledge, and Innovation unveiled the National Policy of Artificial Intelligence, and the country recently updated its strategy aligned with UNESCO’s Recommendation on the Ethics of AI. As Chile continues its journey toward implementing this strategy and enhancing AI readiness, the country has developed some compelling initiatives. We spoke with María Paz Hermosilla, Director and Founder of GobLab UAI, to delve into this initiative and highlight key projects contributing to Chile’s AI readiness.

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Towards a Digital Society: Trinidad and Tobago’s AI Ambitions

Trinidad and Tobago’s growing interest in artificial intelligence signals a significant shift in the nation’s digital landscape. With a keen focus on leveraging AI for the public good, the country is embarking on strategic initiatives to harness the potential of emerging technologies. Our conversation with Irwin Williams, Head of Software Development at iGovTT, provides valuable insights into Trinidad and Tobago’s evolving approach to embracing AI.

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Bahrain: Becoming a regional R&D Hub

Bahrain’s ambition is to become the hub for AI development in the Middle East. This is reflected in the country’s economic strategy, Bahrain Economic Vision 2030, which emphasises that the digital economy is the future economy and that AI will be central to it. We talked about this and more with Dr. Jassim Haji, Director of the Nasser AI R&D Centre in Bahrain and President of International Group of AI.

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Driving AI Adoption in the Public Sector: Uruguay's efforts on capacity-building, trust, and AI ethics

The Government of Uruguay is undertaking innovative initiatives to become more AI-ready across areas like capacity-building and AI ethics. We sat down for a virtual chat with Maximiliano Maneiro, sub-director of the Information Technologies area at Uruguay’s Agency for e-Government and the Information and Knowledge Society AGESIC, to talk about the country’s National AI Strategy and hear about the government’s vision for the future of AI in the country.

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Jordan's AI policy journey: Bridging vision and implementation

The Jordanian Government established a dedicated AI division within its Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship (MoDEE) focused on developing its National AI Strategy and AI Ethics Charter, both of which were published in 2022. Now, the division is turning towards an implementation phase. We had a very interesting conversation about Jordan’s efforts on AI policy with Lama Arabiat, Head of AI at the MoDEE.

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Unlocking the economic potential of AI: Tajikistan's plans to become more AI-ready

The government of the Republic of Tajikistan has set the goal that 1% of its GDP will come from AI-related economic activity by 2026. This is an ambitious goal as Tajikistan is predominantly a primary sector economy. However, as the country begins to industrialise, its policymakers are looking one step further, towards AI. We had a conversation with Azizjon Azimi, Head of Tajikistan’s AI Council, to talk about this and more.

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