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Artificial Intelligence Will be a Key Area of Cooperation Between India, Germany

In a joint press statement after the Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC) with German Chancellor Merkel, PM Modi said the capabilities of technological and economic power houses like Germany will be useful for India's priorities.

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Updated:November 1, 2019, 8:19 PM IST
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Artificial Intelligence Will be a Key Area of Cooperation Between India, Germany
PM Narendra Modi and German chancellor Angela Merkel during their joint press conference at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

New Delhi: India and Germany on Friday identified artificial intelligence as one of the key areas of cooperation as the two sides signed a joint declaration of intent for cooperation in research and development.

In a joint press statement after the Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC) with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the capabilities of technological and economic power houses like Germany will be useful for India's priorities.

"Therefore, we have laid special emphasis on increasing cooperation in areas like new and advanced technology, artificial intelligence skills, education, cyber security," he said.

Merkel also said AI and digital transformation are the areas where cooperation can be ramped up.

She said India has a huge potential especially when it comes to digitalisation where its development is very fast.

"But when it comes to 5G and AI it is a challenge and if we work together, this would be a wonderful way of cooperation," she said.

The statement said both sides reaffirmed the importance of building digital partnership to intensify regular interaction and coordination towards collaboration on the next generation technologies.

Both sides reaffirmed the importance of building an international forum to ensure responsible and human-centric development and use of artificial intelligence in accordance with international law.

They also agreed on consulting each other on identifying best possible approaches on cyber security and also device methods to identify areas of mutual cooperation in this regard.

"India and Germany aspire to build a collaborative partnership by leveraging advantages on each side recognising increasing integration of hardware and software in developing IoT (Internet of Things) and AI solutions for societal benefits," it said.

It said the potential synergies in focus areas such as health, mobility, environment and agriculture offer immense opportunities for enhancing cooperation and building on each other's comparative advantages.

"Germany and India intend to engage in further cooperation especially by fostering multidisciplinary research and development in AI by sharing expertise and best practices," it added.

The two sides also agreed on working together closely to conduct joint bilateral and/or multilateral research and development activities on the development and use of AI.

They stressed that there is unique opportunity to enhance Indo-German collaboration in the areas of AI for health, precision farming with the aim to increase efficiency and to save resources as well as reduction of food losses and waste.

The joint statement also stated that Germany and India want to foster business cooperation in the digital sector.

"Therefore, German and Indian digital companies will jointly work towards further enhancing the scope of market opportunity and bilateral investments in each other's countries and creating greater bonds between their thriving tech ecosystems," it said.

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