The World Economic Forum (WEF) Center joins forces with the UK to pilot new procurement guidelines for AI in Bahrain

With a view to encourage the implementation of artificial intelligence in the public sector, the World Economic Forum (WEF) Center has joined forces with the UK government to design new procurement rules in Bahrain.

The Center is going to pilot new guidelines for the procurement of AI with the help of the UK government and assess them in real-life conditions. In addition, both Bahrain and the United Kingdom will assist in piloting the framework as well as providing feedback, according to an announcement by the WEF and the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB), as the latter looks to attract investment to the country.

The Chief Executive of the EDB, Khalid Al-Rumaihi, said: “When it comes to the governance and regulation of emerging technologies, Bahrain has earned a reputation as the Middle East’s testbed thanks to its innovative regulatory framework, strong technology ecosystem and rapid shift to e-government.”

“AI can deliver huge benefits to citizens, but it needs a robust framework for successful implementation, and this project with WEF will build a global knowledge-base that can be used by other governments to sustainably and responsibly introduce AI across their public sector institutions,” he added.

In 2017, the WEF Center had promised to bring businesses, civil society, startups and governments together to co-design the guidelines in order to successfully implement AI technology.

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