Forum on artificial intelligence in Africa

The revolution of the Artificial Intelligence technologies is disrupting societies and is going to shape our future. UNESCO, through its scientific expertise and humanitarian mandate intends to play an active role in contributing to a global reflection on the ethical and societal stakes of Artificial Intelligence. The prospective progress made must be at the service of all and contribute to International cooperation, sustainable development and peace. Africa is a global priority for UNESCO, and that is why the Organization decided to hold its very first important International forum on Artificial Intelligence in Africa, from 12 to 13 December 2018 in Morocco.

The Forum’s objective is to enrich the global reflection on artificial intelligence by drawing up a complete inventory of the situation and towards an assessment of an African scale, by taking into account challenges, opportunities and issues specific to local contexts. About 150 participants representing the Member States as well as high-level public and private sector partners are expected at this event co-organized with the Polytechnic University Mohamed VI.


The expected results of this forum are based on four points:

  1. The promotion of artificial intelligence as a lever for development in Africa
  2. Encouragement of African regional cooperation and the promotion of an ethical framework for artificial intelligence in Africa;
  3. The influence of national strategies to maximize the potential of AI in Africa
  4. The establishment of an African Forum of associations of artificial intelligence in Africa.



Wednesday December 12 2018

Artificial intelligence in Africa: issues, challenges and opportunities 
9h00 - 10h30 (GMT)
What future for Artificial intelligence in Africa ?   12h00 - 13h00 (GMT)
Universal Access to Information and Knowledge, and Artificial intelligence in Africa   
14h30 - 16h00 (GMT)

Jeudi 13 décembre 2018

Ethics and Artificial intelligence in Africa: What is at stake ? 9h30 - 11h00 (GMT)
Thematic sessions UNESCO and Partners   11h30 - 12h00 (GMT)
UNESCO and AI in Africa: what vision, what strategies?  14h30 - 16h00 (GMT)


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