Google Cloud has teamed up with Singapore to support the ongoing efforts to enhance the country’s artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities through a wide-ranging agreement that includes skills training, AI governance, and research and development.
According to the signed memorandum of understanding, the government will work with Google Cloud to create, test, and scale artificial intelligence applications in primary areas such as sustainability, finance, and healthcare.
The partnership led by the National AI Office of Singapore is its very first public-private AI partnership with a global technology company like Google. Google Cloud will provide dedicated certification programs and training resources to cultivate machine learning and deep AI proficiency for identified public sector officers.
Google Cloud said these programs would reinforce its commitment to bridging the AI talent gap. The programs will build on Google’s Skills Ignition SG training program in collaboration with SkillsFuture Singapore and Infocomm Media Development Authority, Singapore.
Google Cloud will also contribute by collaborating with Singapore’s Ministry of Education and AI Singapore to facilitate local students a headstart in pursuing STEM careers.
Moreover, Google Cloud will bolster the Singapore government’s efforts to shape artificial intelligence governance and ethics in crucial areas like finance. These efforts complement Google’s involvement in the Advisory Council of the Ethical Use of AI of Singapore and its critical contributions to the Model AI Governance Framework.