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Minister Lintilä and OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría discussed Finland's AI Program

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
Publication date 14.3.2019 17.14 | Published in English on 14.3.2019 at 17.22
Press release

Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä met with Angel Gurría, Secretary General of the OECD on 14 March. Minister Lintilä presented the final report of the Finnish Artificial Intelligence Program, published earlier that day, to Mr. Gurría as an example of the recent policy actions of the digital economy in Finland.

"During the program, the Artificial Intelligence Accelerator, for example, has been launched, which provides information useful for the Finnish enterprise field. The Finnish Center for AI (FCAI), shared by Aalto University, University of Helsinki and VTT, serves the same purpose: it aims to promote the promotion of artificial intelligence and the use and application of artificial intelligence in companies and society. More than 65 companies joined the ethics challenge launched by the program, in which participants created the principles of ethical application of artificial intelligence", the minister said.

"In addition, we have allocated EUR 160 million of public funding for Business Finland's innovation funding to artificial intelligence, data and platform economy in 2018–2021", the Minister continued.

The Finnish AI Program started in May 2017. The idea of ​​the program was that Finland has the potential to become one of the world's top countries in applying artificial intelligence.

In addition, Mr. Lintilä and Mr. Gurría's delegations also discussed the OECD's assessment of the state of the world economy, future risks and developments, and Finland's innovation policy.

Secretary General Gurría is visiting Finland from 14 to 15 March 2019. During his visit, the Secretary-General will meet with several Ministers and senior officials and will speak at Finlandia Hall at the seminar celebrating the 50th anniversary of Finland's OECD membership.

Additional Information:
Ministerial Assistant to the Minister of Economic Affairs Nina Alatalo, tel. +358 29 504

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