Turkey launches national AI strategy

Turkey has launched a national strategy for artificial intelligence (AI) outlining goals and objectives for the period 2021–2025. One overarching goal is to ensure that Turkey is among the top 20 countries in AI. The government also aims to increase the contribution of AI to the country’s GDP to 5%, and to reach an overall number of 50,000 jobs in the sector by 2025. Other objectives covered in the strategy include investing in human capital (e.g. training AI specialists, supporting the creation of AI jobs), encouraging AI research and innovation, supporting AI entrepreneurship, ensuring the availability of quality data and an enabling technical infrastructure, and engaging in international cooperation mechanisms focused on AI.