Can AI be a lever for the achievement of sustainable development objectives (SDOs) as well as the development agendas of the African Union and ECOWAS?
Can AI become a tool to facilitate access to drinking water, education and territorial development in Senegal and West Africa?
These issues are at the centre of the Awareness Raising on Territorial Artificial Intelligence in Africa (SIATA) project organized by AFRIA, in partnership with the Centre for Advanced Studies of the Ministry of the Interior (CHEMI) and the Association of Francophone Prefects and State Representatives (APREF), as part of the partnership between the French Ministry of the Interior and the Senegalese Ministry of the Interior.
AFRIA, in partnership, co-organized the first sensitization and initiation workshop on Territorial Artificial Intelligence in Africa (SIATA), which was held on 23 July 2020, under the aegis of Prefect Ibrahima SAKHO, Secretary General of the Senegalese Ministry of the Interior, Jean-Martin Jaspers, Director of the Centre des Hautes Etudes du Ministère de l'Intérieur de la France (CHEMI) and Dr. Eric ADJA, President of AFRIA.
This experience brought together online about twenty governors of the Senegalese regions to discuss the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence for security, food sovereignty and sustainable development in Africa.
Association of Francophone Prefects and State Representatives
The Association of Prefects and Representatives of the State of La Francophonie, whose acronym is APREF, aims to enable representatives of OIF Member States, for whom French is either the official language, the language of communication or work, or a widely used language, to share their professional experience and to develop solidarity, cooperation and exchange of ideas among themselves.
Centre des Hautes Etudes du Ministère de l'Interior
The Centre des Hautes Études du Ministère de l'Intérieur (CHEMI) is a service placed under the authority of the Secretary General of the Ministry and whose strategy is validated by a Ministerial Steering Committee chaired by the Minister or his Chief of Staff.
The CHEMI is responsible for complementing and consolidating the knowledge of the Ministry's civilian and military executives.
French-speaking Agency for Artificial Intelligence
From its headquarters in Geneva, AFRIA manages the various departments (agriculture, health, education, urban planning...) and is active in various countries, mainly in Africa.
It already has an office in Paris and plans to open offices in some capitals in Africa, Europe and North America in the near future. In African countries, AFRIA relies on local organizations and resources for the organization of operations and activities.