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More Industry InsightsRanking of African countries best prepared to adopt artificial intelligence (Oxford Insights)

January 17, 2023by myles0

The average score for North Africa is 38.59 points on a scale of 100 points against 29.38 points for sub-Saharan Africa. Both regions fall below the world average score of 44.61 points.

Mauritius tops the 2022 edition of the ranking of African countries best prepared for large-scale adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in the public sector, according to a report published by Oxford Insights, a consulting firm. British consultancy specializing in the fields of artificial intelligence and digital transformation. With a score of 53.38 points on a 100-point scale, this Indian Ocean island state ranks 57th globally in the ranking.

The “Government AI Readiness Index 2022” ranks 181 countries based on 39 indicators spread over three main pillars: “Government”; “Technology sector” and “Data & infrastructure”.

Egypt (65th in the world) ranks second on the African scale, ahead of South Africa, Tunisia, Morocco, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles and Nigeria. Botswana closes the African Top 10 (see the full ranking of the 52 African countries studied below).

Mauritius and Egypt owe their ranking to their good scores in the “Government” pillar, which includes the criteria of the existence of a national vision of AI, the development of online services, the existence of data protection and privacy laws and the establishment of cybersecurity strategies.

South Africa, Tunisia and Morocco, Kenya, the Seychelles, Botswana and Nigeria achieved their best scores in the “Data & infrastructure” pillar, which includes, among other things, the criteria for telecommunications infrastructure, the number of cloud service providers, the quality of high-speed Internet access, the cost of Internet access, and the availability of open government data.

On the other hand, no African country obtains good scores (greater than or equal to 50 points on a scale of 100) in the “Technological sector” pillar, which includes in particular the criteria of the number of unicorns, public expenditure in the field of software , the number of graduates in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, expenditure on research & development, the level of digital skills and the quality of higher education in the field of engineering and technologies.

The average score for North Africa is 38.59 points against 29.38 points for sub-Saharan Africa. The scores of the two regions are thus below the world average score which amounts to 44.61 points.

The report also reveals that high-income countries with strong AI strategies and investments swept the top ten spots in the global rankings. With a score of 85.72 points, the United States tops this ranking ahead of Singapore, the United Kingdom, Finland, Canada, South Korea, France, Australia, Japan and the -Low.

Oxford Insights underlines in this context that the countries of Western Europe occupy for the first time since the launch of the “Government AI Readiness Index” in 2017 less than half of the first ten ranks given that three countries of East Asia are now in the Top 10 worldwide. 

Ranking of African countries best prepared for the adoption of artificial intelligence:

1- Mauritius (57th globally)

2-Egypt (65th)

3-South Africa (68th)

4- Tunisia (70th)

5-Morocco (87th)

6-Kenya (90th)

7-Rwanda (93rd)

8-Seychelles (94th)

9-Nigeria (97th)

10-Botswana (98th)

11-Ghana (104th)

12-Benin (108th)

13-Algeria (111th)

14-Namibia (115th)

15-Senegal (116th)

16-Cape Verde (118th)

17-Uganda (123rd)

18-Tanzania (125th)

19-Gabon (127th)

20-Ivory Coast (136th)

21-Cameroon (138th)

22-Djibouti (144th)

23-Togo (145th)

24-Zambia (146th)

25-Zimbabwe (148th)

26-Libya (149th)

27-Mauritania (150th)

28-Madagascar (152nd)

29-Gambia (153rd)

30-Guinea (155th)

31- Sao Tome and Principe (156th)

32-Mali (157th)

33-Republic of Congo (158th)

34-Burkina Faso (159th)

35-Lesotho (160th)

36-Eswatini (161st)

37-Ethiopia (162nd)

38-Angola (163rd)

39-Sierra Leone (164th)

40-Malawi (165th)

41-Comoros (166th)

42-Niger (167th)

43-Guinea-Bissau (168th)

44-Sudan (169th)

45-Mozambique (170th)

46-Liberia (171st)

47-Chad (172nd)

48-Burundi (173rd)

49-DR Congo (174th)

50-Eritrea (175th)

51-Central Africa (176th)

52-South Sudan (177th)

Source: Agence Ecofin

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