International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has published the digital innovation profile for Georgia, a document analysing digital innovation ecosystem in Georgia, focusing on the opportunities and challenges in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). The document had been prepared with the collaboration of IRCAI experts.
Georgia is a country located in the Caucasus region of Eurasia, at the intersection of Eastern Europe and West Asia. Georgia has a population of about 3.7 million people. The main economy sectors in Georgia are tourism and agriculture, however, Georgia’s vision is to build new capabilities for a competitive, sustainable, and ICT-enabled economy. The aim of the ITU’s document was to assess the country’s digital ecosystem capacity and maturity to help Georgia and its stakeholders navigate the digital innovation landscape.
The creation of the profile entailed an exhaustive process, involving comprehensive research, one-on-one interviews with experts, and collaborative workshops with stakeholders from the public sector, private sector, finance, academia, entrepreneurs, and support networks.
The digital innovation profile is offering critical insights into Georgia’s digital innovation landscape, identifies areas for improvement, and presents strategic recommendations for collective decision-making processes towards accelerating the country’s
AI-driven competitive advantage.
We found that Georgia has a supportive government for ICT and AI development, a growing talent pool, and a rapidly expanding digital infrastructure. However, there are several challenges to address, especially need to improve education and skills training, promoting AI research and development, attract investment in AI startups, fostering collaboration between the public and private sector, and foster a culture of innovation in general.
The digital innovation profile will therefore serve as a valuable resource for policymakers, innovators, the private sector, and other stakeholders in Georgia.
The document is available here: https://www.itu.int/dms_pub/itu-d/opb/inno/D-INNO-PROFILE.GEORGIA-2023-PDF-E.pdf