Jordan ranks 5th in the Arab world, 55th globally for AI readiness

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AMMAN — The Jordanian Strategy Forum has issued a policy paper entitled "Technology and Artificial Intelligence: Jordan’s Opportunity to Enhance Productivity" to shed light on prominent concepts related to artificial intelligence and its impact on the future of work. The paper aims to determine Jordan’s readiness to adopt artificial intelligence tools, based on the results of the Governments’ Readiness for Artificial Intelligence Index 2023, while also providing recommendations to enhance Jordan’s productivity through the employment of artificial intelligence.اضافة اعلان

The Forum highlighted in its paper that adopting artificial intelligence to develop the business environment will expedite the implementation of future service engine initiatives within the economic modernization vision. This includes initiatives for government services, procedures, and digitization as part of the public sector modernization roadmap, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

The paper elucidated the relationship between "digital transformation" and "artificial intelligence," with the former referring to employing technology to enhance institutional work processes and efficiency through new technologies and business models. On the other hand, artificial intelligence involves the use of intelligent machines capable of learning, thinking, and performing tasks that typically require human intelligence.

In this policy paper, the Forum examined a discussion paper from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) titled "Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work, 2024," which discussed the potential impact of artificial intelligence on the global labor market.

The Forum reviewed key conclusions from the IMF paper, which forecasts that around 40 percent of jobs worldwide will be affected by artificial intelligence, necessitating a balance between employment policies and technology adoption for public benefit. Advanced economies may see up to 60 percent of jobs affected, with about half of them positively influenced by artificial intelligence, thereby enhancing worker productivity. In emerging markets, around 40 percent of jobs may be affected, while in low-income countries, the impact may be around 26 percent.

The paper also analyzed the results of the "Government Readiness for Artificial Intelligence 2023" index, which evaluates governments' readiness across 193 countries in dealing with artificial intelligence through three main axes: government, technology sector, and infrastructure and data.

The analysis revealed that the United States topped the international list, followed by Singapore, the United Kingdom, Finland, and Canada. In the Arab world, Gulf Cooperation Council countries led the rankings, with the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Oman taking the top spots, followed by Jordan in fifth place.

The paper highlighted relative progress among Arab countries, with 11 Arab countries, including Jordan, among the top 50 percent performers in the 2023 report compared to only nine in 2020. Jordan itself showed significant progress, moving up 24 places between 2020 and 2023.

The Forum attributed Jordan’s improved performance to advancements in infrastructure, technology sector policies, and governance related to artificial intelligence. However, it also pointed out areas needing improvement, such as government support for emerging technologies and ICT skills development.

In conclusion, the forum provided recommendations to enhance Jordan’s utilization of artificial intelligence, including improving access to communication and internet services, conducting regular readiness surveys, raising awareness through campaigns and training workshops, integrating artificial intelligence into education, encouraging investment in IT infrastructure and research, and fostering an environment conducive to venture capital investment in technology projects.

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