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French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Henri Verdier lauds French, India partnership on AI

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Ambassador for Digital Affairs at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Henri Verdier appreciated the cooperation between India and France on the Artificial Intelligence and lauded the joint partnerships in various projects like jointly developing India’s fastest supercomputer Param Siddhi.

“India’s Centre for development and Advanced Computing and French company Atos jointly built India’s fastest supercomputer Param Siddhi,” said Verdier.

He highlighted that “France is fully committed to deepening its cooperation with India on digital issues and cybersecurity. We have set a common approach and concrete roadmap in 2019 on Artificial Intelligence both from the point of view of research and governance. ”

Verdier was addressing at RAISE 2020, a five-day virtual global AI summit organized by the Indian Ministry of Electronics and IT that was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 5

He notes that “I could not agree more with the way Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his opinion of RAISE laid out the opportunities in education, agriculture, health care, etc, and challenges of AI.”

He added “the current and new technologies like AI are valuable tools for societies and economies that helped us fight the pandemic. No one should be left behind with the benefits of AI. We have to increase cooperation to maximize the benefits of the AI for the economies and the societies and mitigate the risks.”

He further says “on this matter, we have a Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) consisting of members like the USA, UK, EU, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Singapore, and India.”

He points out that “we have come to the same conclusion that we have to defend the democratic values to better promote the human-centric approach of AI that is respectful of human rights.”

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