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Singapore Unveils Digital Enterprise Blueprint to Harness AI for Growth

 Singapore Unveils Digital Enterprise Blueprint to Harness AI for Growth

Singapore is taking bold steps to position itself at the forefront of the digital revolution with the launch of the Digital Enterprise Blueprint (DEB). This comprehensive strategy, unveiled by Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information Tan Kiat How at Asia Tech x Singapore (ATxSG) 2024, aims to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) for a better future.

The DEB focuses on empowering small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to embrace technology and optimize their operations. By harnessing AI-enabled solutions, SMEs can enhance efficiency, streamline processes, and stay competitive in the digital age.

Another key aspect of the blueprint is strengthening digital resilience and cybersecurity across the ecosystem. With cyber threats on the rise, SMEs need to safeguard their data and infrastructure against potential attacks. The DEB provides support and guidance to help businesses enhance their cyber defenses and mitigate risks.

The DEB outlines four key focus areas to drive digital transformation:

1. Smarter Enterprises: Encouraging the adoption of AI-enabled solutions to drive innovation and productivity.

2. Faster Scaling: Facilitating the adoption of cloud-based and integrated solutions to enable rapid business growth.

3. Safer Operations: Enhancing cyber resilience to protect against evolving cyber threats.

4. Upskilling Workforce: Providing training and development opportunities to upskill workers and maximize the benefits of digital capabilities.

To support these initiatives, Singapore has garnered the support of seven key partners, including industry leaders such as Amazon Web Services, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce. These partnerships will play a crucial role in driving innovation and providing resources to help SMEs thrive in the digital economy.

In collaboration with the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and the TechSkills Accelerator for ITE and Polytechnics Alliance, SGTech is launching the Tech Apprenticeship Programme. This initiative aims to expand the career pathways of graduates by offering industry apprenticeships that provide on-the-job training and development opportunities.

Over the next two and a half years, SGTech plans to place at least 300 apprentices from polytechnic or ITE backgrounds, fostering inclusive hiring practices and promoting career agility in the digital workforce.

IMDA and the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance productivity in the legal sector through the use of AI. This partnership will involve the development of GPT-Legal, a large language model tailored for Singapore’s legal industry, which will be integrated into SAL’s research platform, LawNet.

Tribe and Digital Industry Singapore have teamed up with NVIDIA to launch the Ignition AI Accelerator for AI startups. This program aims to nurture 15 high-potential startups, providing them with comprehensive support covering business and technical needs. NVIDIA and Tribe will also collaborate with EnterpriseSG to offer funding support and assistance through the IMDA Accreditation process.

Singapore hosted the final meeting of the UN Secretary-General’s Artificial Intelligence Advisory Body (AIAB), underscoring its commitment to promoting global AI governance. As part of the agenda, Singapore facilitated an engagement session between AIAB and the Digital Forum of Small States (Digital FOSS), fostering dialogue on AI governance and addressing the challenges faced by small states.

Through these initiatives, Singapore aims to position itself as a leader in leveraging AI for economic growth and societal advancement. By embracing digital transformation and fostering collaboration, Singapore is paving the way for a more inclusive and sustainable future powered by artificial intelligence.

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