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Parliamentary questions
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18 November 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Olivier Chastel
 Subject: Development of artificial intelligence in Africa

Artificial intelligence is an issue of power relations. The main advances in this field have come from the United States, China and, to a lesser extent, Europe. Despite its under-development, Africa, with a population of 660 million people connected by smartphone, is a huge, poorly regulated market and one which is coveted by Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon (GAFA). Africa must not only be able to protect the personal data of its people, but also preserve the development of its own start-ups, by developing research and innovation.

In the context of the EU-Africa partnership, how does the EU intend to help bridge the digital divide and develop common standards and training for young people in Africa so that local start-ups can fully exploit the potential of this new market and help counter the brain drain?

Original language of question: FR
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