Experts discuss AI, innovation, and collaboration at Central Asian Security Forum

The panel discussion shed light on the importance of cooperation in innovation, AI development, and digital security in Central Asia

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At the Central Asian Security and Cooperation Forum, experts discussed new technologies, AI, and human capital. They emphasised cooperation in innovation, AI development, ethics, and regulation. The panel highlighted the economic potential of AI investment and the importance of policy, infrastructure, and upskilling for digital transformation.

The participants recognised the challenges of ensuring security, reliability, safety, transparency, and accountability in the rapidly advancing AI landscape. To address these concerns, they proposed the introduction of comprehensive regulations and an ethics code specific to Central Asia, creating a framework that would provide clarity and confidence to investors considering AI investments in Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and beyond.

The discussion also shed light on the significance of digital transformation and the essential components needed for successful implementation. The panelists stressed the importance of well-crafted policies, robust infrastructure, the cultivation of human capital, and ongoing upskilling initiatives. These factors were identified as critical drivers for driving digital transformation across the region

The panel touched upon the vulnerability and risks associated with virtual assets and cryptocurrencies, highlighting their potential misuse for sanctions evasion and the heightened cybersecurity threats they pose. The experts urged policymakers and stakeholders to remain vigilant in addressing these challenges, taking proactive measures to counter cyber-attacks and mitigate potential security risks.

The session concluded with a call for continued collaboration in the region’s pursuit of success in the global IT market.