Abu Dhabi Digital Authority and IBM launch AI workshops for govt employees

ADDAThe Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA) has partnered with IBM to begin artificial intelligence (AI) training workshops for Abu Dhabi government employees

These workshops are aimed at improving the decision-making skills of local government employees of all sectors in the emirate by using AI.

In line with this, local government departments can nominate eligible employees to take part in the workshops starting in June 2019. The training covers important topics in AI including business management and technical aspects of modern technologies.

The launch of the new training sessions is a follow-up to the partnership between ADDA and IBM, as the companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) last year for the creation of an AI centre of excellence in Abu Dhabi.

The training workshops will be offered in batches. The first batch was started with 13 government entities including Abu Dhabi Executive office, Department of Education and Knowledge, Department of Health, Abu Dhabi Housing Authority, Department of Community Development, Department of Culture and Tourism, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, Abu Dhabi Environment Agency, Al Ain Municipality, Al Ain Zoo, Social Care and Minors Affairs Foundation, Presidential Flight and Statistics Centre − Abu Dhabi (SCAD).

According to ADDA senior officials, AI would further accelerate the implementation of digital transformation in the UAE capital.

Dr Rauda Al Saadi, director general of ADDA, said, “With this new training programme, ADDA will be able to play a central role in the improvement and enhancement of the talents and skills of the national workforce.”

This new initiative is expected to bolster UAE capital’s position as a leading global technology and innovation hub, he concluded.

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