19:26 / 20.05.2021.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

Government forms working group on AI

Government session (Photo: Patrik Macek/PIXSELL)

Government session (Photo: Patrik Macek/PIXSELL)

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On Thursday, government established a working group to define the framework for co-operation with domestic IT company Infobip in the field of artificial intelligence and the preconditions for positioning Croatia as a hub for the development of artificial intelligence in the European Union.

The working group will be chaired by the Economy and Sustainable Development Minister Tomislav Ćorić, and will be comprised of Science and Education Minister Radovan Fuchs, the Head of the Office of the Prime Minister Zvonimir Frka-Petešić, the State Secretary at the Central State Office for Digital Society Bernard Gršić and the Special Adviser to the Prime Minister and the group’s coordinator, Ivana Vukov.

"The working group’s objectives are to define the framework of cooperation with Infobip in the field of artificial intelligence in order to accelerate the digital transformation of the economy, education, science, tourism and public administration and create preconditions for positioning Croatia as a center for artificial intelligence in the EU," said Minister Ćorić.

The cooperation is the result of an initiative from Infobip, one of Croatia’s biggest IT companies, located in the town of Vodnjan on the Istrian peninsula. In a statement issued by the government it is noted that this cooperation will, among other things, promote the wide application of advanced technologies (AI-artificial intelligence / AR-augmented reality / ML-machine learning / IoT-Internet of Things) and accelerate the digital transformation of Croatian society and the economy.

Along with Artificial intelligence, the cooperation will focus on the development of advanced digital skills through the creation of new high school and university curricula. It is hoped that this will promote the development of next generation digital technologies, and the digitalization of small and medium enterprises and the public administration.

The government statement also notes that Infobip has a modular software platform that enables the creation of solutions on predefined high-tech and specialized modules based on AI, IoT, AR and ML technology that can be applied in the creation of smart cities, smart agriculture, public administration, education, health and tourism sectors, which can contribute to the development of Croatian companies, startups / incubators, the growth of the IT sector in Croatia, as well as the digitalization of the health, education, agriculture and tourism sectors.

During last week's visit to Vodnjan, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković discussed the possibilities of cooperation with Infobip founder and CEO Silvio Kutić, who in turn proposed a partnership: "This partnership would be focused on creating about a thousand jobs within Infobip focused on artificial intelligence, but also educating engineers, connecting with universities and enabling companies within Croatia to market their products through this large globalized platform."

Source: HRT

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