According to the news site, Singaporean Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong announced the plan in his recent Budget speech last week. He noted that as part of the investment, Singapore will work to ensure it can secure access to the advanced chips, while working with leading companies here and around the world to set up AI centers of excellence to spur innovation.

A man stands before automated immigration gates at Singapore's Changi Airport.

“This initiative will help ensure that businesses can capitalize on the opportunities afforded by technological advancements and capture new opportunities,” Nithin Chandra, managing partner of Southeast Asia at Kearney, a global management consulting firm, said as quoted by CNBC.

“This will incentivize companies to adopt AI solutions, prioritize AI skills to keep their workforce competitive, and encourage strategic partnerships and knowledge sharing across the industry, thus spurring overall innovation,” said Jonathon Dixon, vice president and managing director of APAC at Cloudflare, a global cloud services provider.

Singapore workers are already the world’s fastest when it comes to adopting AI skills, as per LinkedIn’s Future of Work report released in August.

According to CNBC, Singapore was among the first countries to publish an AI plan in 2019. In December, the Southeast Asian nation launched the National AI Strategy 2.0 — an updated version of its AI initiatives, outlining ways to prepare the economy to harness and utilize AI to empower workers and businesses.

Source: VNA