Saudi Arabia ranks 1st globally in Government Strategy Index for AI

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Saudi tops Government Strategy Index for AI

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has ranked first globally in the Government Strategy Index for Artificial Intelligence (AI), one of the indicators of the global classification of artificial intelligence issued by Tortoise Intelligence, which evaluates more than 60 countries in the world.

The Global Ranking of Artificial Intelligence incorporates more than 100 indicators, categorized into seven sub-pillars: government strategy, res, development, talent, infrastructure, operating environment, and commercial. Germany and China secured the second and third rankings, respectively.

The Kingdom ranked first in the Government Strategy Index for Artificial Intelligence and secured 31st position in the total classification indicators issued by “Tortoise”, which is a global company that has a global advisory board that includes experts in artificial intelligence from around the world.

Saudi Arabia has accomplished a remarkable feat, scoring 100 percent in all criteria of the index related to artificial intelligence. This includes the establishment of the National Strategy for Data and AI (NSDAI) within the Kingdom, the presence of a dedicated government authority for artificial intelligence, the allocation of funding and budget for AI initiatives, and the formulation and monitoring of national targets for artificial intelligence.

From its early stages, the Kingdom has demonstrated a solid commitment to developing artificial intelligence. In 1440 AH, a Royal Order was issued to establish the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) as the central authority responsible for organizing, developing, and overseeing all AI-related matters.

The SDAIA led the national plans for data and artificial intelligence to achieve the aspirations of HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Prime Minister, and Chairman of the SDAIA Board of Directors. It has worked to develop NSDAI to unify efforts and launch national initiatives in data and artificial intelligence and make optimal use of them.

This significant achievement by the Kingdom perfectly aligns with the overarching goals of Saudi Vision 2030, which aims to position the country prominently in global indicators across various domains.

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