Turkey has launched its first National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy, which aims to better direct the country’s work on AI technologies, has been launches. The strategy, jointly prepared by the Presidential Digital Transformation Office and the Ministry of Industry and Technology in line with the 11th Development Plan and the Presidential Annual Programs, will define the country’s priorities in AI, including human capital, research, entrepreneurship, infrastructure, and data quality, from next year through 2025. “We aim to increase the share of AI technologies in our Gross Domestic Product to 5% and become one of the top 20 countries on international AI indices,” said Minister of Industry and Technology, Mustafa Varank. As part of the strategy, the country aims to raise employment in the field to 50,000 by 2025, according to Head of the Presidential Digital Transformation Office, Ali Taha Koc. “We’ll support the employment of researchers in AI and increase the number of people to graduate in this field to at least 10,000,” said Koc. With this strategy, the country will also back entrepreneurs and create technical and legal infrastructure to encourage AI development.

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