U.S. and Vietnam co-host AI workshop in Ho Chi Minh City

Tuesday, 23/04/2024 14:43
(CPV) - The U.S. Department of State and the Atlantic Council, in partnership with the Ministry of Science and Technology, Vietnam, host the inaugural AI Connect II Regional Workshop in Ho Chi Minh City from April 22-24, featuring participants from 15 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
Acting U.S. Consul General Anne Benjaminson delivers opening remarks at the workshop.

The workshop will feature 44 selected participants in the AI Connect II program from South and Southeast Asia, as well as high-level regional representatives from tech companies, government and regional institutions.  The workshop marks a pivotal moment in advancing responsible AI development and policy across South and Southeast Asia. Participants have gathered in Ho Chi Minh City to engage in robust discussions, hear from globally renowned experts, and explore case studies and best practices relevant to the region. The workshop provides a unique platform for networking and collaboration among international policymakers, practitioners, academics and private sector representatives committed to shaping the future of AI.

"We are excited to bring together this distinguished group of participants and partners here in Ho Chi Minh City, not only as a milestone in fostering responsible AI development but also as a vital platform for addressing the nuanced challenges of AI policy and implementation across the region," said Dr. Raul Brens, Acting Senior Director and Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center. "This workshop underscores our shared dedication to shaping a future where AI technologies are developed responsibly and inclusively, benefiting everyone in the Asia-Pacific and beyond."

AI Connect II is designed to encourage the responsible stewardship of AI technologies in line with the OECD AI Principles and to empower low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) from the Global South to participate more effectively in global, multi-stakeholder conversations on AI policy.

AI Connect II is bringing together policymakers, practitioners, academics and private sector representatives from selected countries who will receive support and opportunities to engage with subject matter experts via a global community of practice fortified by regional sub-networks.

The program is engaging a cohort of 150 fellows through convenings, both virtual and in-person, and networking opportunities. The Atlantic Council will work with fellows to support their country's efforts to develop robust AI strategies, foster meaningful connections between individuals working in the same region toward responsible AI development, and bring their voices to international forums and conferences to ensure these conversations are inclusive and cognizant of the unique social, political and economic contexts of their home countries./.