India joins Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence

The GPAI is an international and multi-stakeholder initiative to guide the responsible development and use of AI, grounded in human rights, inclusion, diversity, innovation, and economic growth

June 15, 2020

The GPAI is the first international initiative to develop a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities around AI using the experience and diversity of participating countries.

The move on India’s side comes as part of an ongoing broader initiative to deliver improved and inclusive socio-economic prosperity to the citizens with the use of next-gen innovations.

AI, which can learn from human experiences and perform tasks autonomously, has huge potential for impacting economic and social progress in developing countries.

GPAI will be supported by a Secretariat, hosted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, as well as by two Centers of Expertise, each in Montreal and Paris.

India has joined the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI or Gee-Pay) as a founding member along with leading economies, including the US, the UK, the EU, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, and Singapore. The GPAI is an international and multi-stakeholder initiative to guide the responsible development and use of AI, grounded in human rights, inclusion, diversity, innovation, and economic growth. The move on India’s side comes as part of an ongoing broader initiative to deliver improved and inclusive socio-economic prosperity to the citizens with the utilisation of next-gen innovations such as AI, the internet of things (IoT), automation, etc. 

The GPAI is the first international initiative to develop a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities around AI using the experience and diversity of participating countries. To achieve this goal, the initiative will look to bridge the gap between theory and practice around AI by supporting cutting-edge research and applied activities on AI-related priorities. In collaboration with international partners and organizations, GPAI will bring together experts from industry, civil society, governments, and academia to collaborate to promote the responsible evolution of AI. The platform will also evolve methodologies to show how AI can be leveraged to better respond to crises like COVID-19.

AI, which can learn from human experiences and perform tasks autonomously, has huge potential for impacting economic and social progress. Studies have shown that AI has become central to economic growth, and can revolutionise manufacturing, innovation, and labour market productivity, doubling the growth rates of most advanced economies. In India, NITI Aayog states that US$957 billion can be added to the GDP by 2035 and annual growth can appreciate by 1.3 percentage points with AI. Hence, India had recently launched the National AI Strategy and National AI Portal to leverage AI across sectors such as education, agriculture, healthcare, e-commerce, finance, telecommunications, etc. 

Currently, there are more than 1,500 AI startups in India, apart from large international companies such as Microsoft that are driving their AI R&D out of India. Additionally, a lot of AI research is presently being done in India by premier academic institutions such as the IITs in partnership with firms such as Tata Consultancy Services, Ericcson, Intel Research, and GE Research, etc. Many of the solutions from these researches have already been implemented by industries as well as local governments across India. GPAI, meanwhile, will be supported by a Secretariat, hosted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, as well as by two Centers of Expertise, each in Montreal and Paris.