“Despite the support, many of us still have trouble making it to conferences. I have had papers accepted at meetings but been unable to attend because Western countries such as Australia denied me a visa, even though I was already settled and working professionally in Europe.
We need more efforts to overcome these barriers and to ensure that the benefits of AI arrive globally,” Google’s head of AI Accra Moustapha Cisse.
He has long been concerned that AI is a missed opportunity for improving African lives, and that the AI industry is missing out on talent from African nations, because they do not have access to the right education.
Today people often have to travel out of the continent in order to gain the IT skills they need, before returning to Africa to try to build new businesses.