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Vietnam, UK exchange experiences on responsible use of AI

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The British Consulate General in HCMC has recently held a series of events as part of the Vietnam Artificial Intelligence Day (AI4VN) 2023.

The activities, taking place between September 21 and 22, were organized in celebration of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the United Kingdom (UK). The efforts demonstrated the UK’s commitments to promote the safe and responsible use of AI globally.

Pablo Nentel Fuentes, lead author of the “Government AI Readiness Index” reports in 2021 and 2022, gave insights into the index and its implications for Vietnam during the summit of AI4VN on September 22. The event marked the first time that UK experts had attended AI4VN, an annual event organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology and local news site VnExpress since 2018. 

Emily Hamblin, British consul general in HCMC, said AI technologies are developing fast and have the potential to affect almost all areas of life. 

“I am delighted that we are building on previous UK-Vietnam engagement and laying the foundation for deeper cooperation, including in areas such as governance, technology development and transfer, and business services.”

Previously, the British Consulate General in HCMC and the British Embassy in Hanoi, in coordination with the Ministry of Science and Technology, held a workshop themed “Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence” on September 20.

During the event, experts from the Alan Turing Institute, a UK think-tank specializing in AI technology and policy, delivered presentations on the context of AI development and legal approaches to managing AI in each country. The workshop served as a platform for discussions between government agencies, technology companies and researchers on AI between Vietnam and the UK.

AI is one of the five prioritized technologies of the UK’s International Technology Strategy. The country ranked third in the world in the Global AI Index and the 2022 Government AI Readiness Index.

Vietnam-UK cooperation on AI has expanded significantly in recent years. Given the UK’s capabilities in financial technology, healthcare, smart cities, and low carbon emissions, the two nations have seen ample opportunities to further enhance the connections in terms of AI collaboration efforts.

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