The government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has signed an MoU with Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA), to launch an AI centre dedicated to the energy segment. The move by the government aims to improve the Kingdom’s ranks in leading international data and AI indicators.
Furthermore, the MoU was signed by Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman, the Kingdom’s Energy minister and Dr. Abdullah bin Sharaf Al-Ghamdi, the head of the SDAIA. The MoU is expected to spur the development of the Kingdom’s AI practises.
The MoU between the Kingdom’s energy ministry and SDAIA is in line with each other common ambition’s such as the development, implementation, review and support data and AI strategies in the gas and energy segments. The AI data centre is expected to spur AI research and innovation, while enabling entrepreneurship.
These are the four strategic objectives of the new AI centre: the development of AI to benefit knowledge, promoting national energy priorities, spurring the AI development in the Kingdom’s energy-related strategic partnerships and gathering experiences in the energy segment.
Prince Abdul Aziz, told the media,” By 2024, 70 percent of the institutions will be using the AI-based infrastructure and smart cloud services, greatly easing the concerns regarding the institutions’ integration and expansion. In addition, more than 50 percent of the institutions will be resorting to AI services to expand their application portfolios by 2023. The energy system believes in the importance of integration and working as a joint government team with the various relevant bodies, taking into consideration each body’s responsibility and nature of work.”