UNIDO and CINGAI Forge Partnership for Ethical AI in Industry and Manufacturing

Vienna, 29 February, 2024 – The Chinese Institute for New Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Strategies (CINGAI) visited the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) expressing keen interest in exploring cooperation, particularly through the Global Alliance on Artificial Intelligence for Industry and Manufacturing (AIM Global). During this visit, CINGAI also formalized their membership with AIM Global, affirming their dedication to advancing the safe, sustainable, and inclusive utilization of Artificial intelligence (AI) in industry and manufacturing.

AI technologies are transforming industry and manufacturing, offering unprecedented opportunities for increased efficiency, productivity, and sustainability. However, the adoption of these technologies also brings ethical considerations, privacy concerns, and the imperative for inclusivity. Guided by UNIDO and aligned with the UN Secretary-General’s Our Common Agenda, AIM Global promotes the responsible development and deployment of AI and frontier technologies shaping a digital future that is open, secure, and beneficial to all.

Established in 2017, CINGAI is at the forefront of AI innovation. With a multidisciplinary approach covering among others, computing, robotics, and big data, CINGAI actively connects with strategic research institutes globally to advance AI technology. Through extensive field research and data collection, CINGAI is shaping China’s AI industry with its comprehensive core database.

The inaugural encounter between UNIDO and CINGAI marked a pivotal starting point for fostering a cordial relationship and discussing cooperation opportunities. As future cooperation prospects emerge, UNIDO and CINGAI look forward on designing new projects and programmes related to AI in industry and manufacturing, exploring talent exchanges, and addressing areas of interest in manufacturing and technology development. Moreover, the meeting highlighted the importance of safety and security standards in digital transformation, setting the stage for potential direct interaction on matters related to AIM Global and beyond.

“Cooperation between UNIDO and CINGAI presents an exciting opportunity to leverage AI for sustainable industrial development”, said Mr. Ciyong Zou, Deputy to the Director General of UNIDO. He also stated that “as we embark on this journey together, we are eager to explore how AIM Global can serve as a catalyst for innovation, fostering collaboration and driving positive change on a global scale.”

Among the attendees were Prof. Ke Gong, Executive Director of CINGAI, and Mr. Guanyi Wang, Partnership and Programme Manager from the Office of International Affairs of Nankai University. Representing UNIDO were Mr. Ciyong Zou, Deputy to the Director General, and Ms. Ana Paula de Sousa, Chief of Digital Transformation and AI Strategies Division.


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