Artificial Intelligence Standards and Trade in ASEAN
As ASEAN governments and businesses warm up to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its benefits, the AI-generated impact on digital trade will be both multi-faceted and transformational: Global value chains are already being revolutionised by AI through improvements in areas such as demand forecasting, warehouse and inventory management, and delivery and transport route optimisation, while AI-supported translation services are reducing barriers to cross-border business and boosting trade flows. As regional AI capacity develops, AI-infused goods and services can boost regional trade, and AI in itself can even become an object of trade through the export of AI software and AI as a service.
The use of internationally-recognised standards helps to articulate common requirements, specification, guidelines or characteristics, giving businesses, consumers and policymakers assurance that the AI systems involved in trade processes, interactions and decisions are safe, reliable and interoperable, and thereby building trust in the technology and ensuring that AI can continue to fulfil an enabling role in digital inter- and intra- ASEAN trade.
This 90-minute session brought together experts representing government, industry and academia who discussed the opportunities, challenges and future for AI in digital trade in ASEAN. This event was jointly organised and supported by TRPC, the International Institute of Communications (IIC), and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).
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Below is the recording of the IIC Singapore Chapter Webinar: Artificial Intelligence Standards and Trade in ASEAN.
Dr Jasmine Begum is Director of Legal, Corporate & Government Affairs for Malaysia and New Markets. Based in Kuala Lumpur, Dr Begum has held this role since 2010, where she oversees corporate affairs and government and policy engagement as well as philanthropies for Microsoft businesses in Malaysia and the emerging markets.
Dr Begum joined Microsoft with over 20 years of award-winning experience that uniquely straddles both legal/policy engagement and communications, that included leadership and regional stints at companies such as Dell Malaysia, the United Nations Development Program, the Malay Chamber of Commerce, the United Nations headquarters in New York, as well as having been a corporate litigator.
Dr Begum has broad educational qualifications having completed a double law degree at the International Islamic University in Kuala Lumpur. Jasmine then pursued post-graduate studies in both Law and Communications in the UK, before completing her PhD in Law, Business, and Human Rights.
Jishu Basak is the Data Science Manager of eCFULFILL, a Global eCommerce Management platform currently powering more than 150 Filipino MSMEs’ expansion path towards engaging international marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay, and Kumu, among others. eCFULFILL answers all the global selling needs of local MSME entrepreneurs by providing them with an easy-to-use cloud-based platform.
We push MSMEs past that “single-market, single-channel” challenge through a digital platform that eases up product listing on international e-commerce marketplaces and jumpstarts their global selling business: from market entry to order fulfilment.
Mr Basak previously worked as a Data Scientist in eCFULFILL’s in early 2020, where he was responsible for starting the development of Data Science and AI capability in the company. This followed during his graduating days for pursuing MSc in Data Science in Asian Institute of Management, where eCFulfill was his capstone partner.
Dr Peter Leong is an AI Specialist and Senior Lecturer at the School of Computing, Singapore Polytechnic. He is the course chair for the Specialist Diploma in Data Science (Artificial Intelligence). He also serves as a member of the technical committee for IMDA Singapore standards group of ISO JTC1/SC42 setting AI and Big Data international standards. In addition, Dr Leong serves as a member of the ExCo for the AI and HPC chapter of SGTech. He received his BEng. in EE (1st Class Honours) from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Post-Graduate Diploma from the Information Communication Institute of Singapore (ICIS), M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Dr Leong had worked on national infocomm R&D projects in the National Computer Board.
Dr Leong is no stranger to the challenges of running a small business. He was Director R&D in Vivid Technologies, a communications hardware/software ODM and OEM. He was the CTO in ecGain, an internet and enterprise web applications system development company. Dr Leong’s research interests include Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Quantum Computing. He has written books on Internet Application Development and Mobile Application Development. He has also published papers in the areas of Intelligent Agents, Fuzzy Cognitive Systems, Games Based Learning and Technology Education.
Dr Peter Lovelock is Director and co-Founder of the Technology Research Project Corporate (TRPC), an IT, new media and telecommunication-based think-tank with offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, China, and Australia. He brings more than 25 years’ experience in telecoms, technology and media to these undertakings, including regulatory assessments, implementation and execution projects, and due diligence and market entry strategic guidance projects throughout Asia.
In recent years, Dr Lovelock has provided advice to governments and companies alike regionally on digital enablement and digital transformation, including to ASEAN on its ICT Masterplan, and to APEC on the Internet and Digital Economy principles and roadmap; as well as authoring reports on global data networks and bandwidth developments, cross border data flows and the economic impacts of data localisation, digital transactions, authentication and digital identity.
In the financial services and fintech spaces, Dr Lovelock has been involved in the establishment of new payments regulatory regimes in Mongolia, Sri Lanka and Zambia, focused on facilitating fast access channels and furthering financial inclusion He has advised and authored thought leadership on blockchains, digital and crypto currencies and national payment gateways and is currently working with multilateral donor agencies on the development of regulatory financial sandboxes in several jurisdictions and national eID schemes. Dr Lovelock is advising the Central Bank of Myanmar on their QR code standardisation and adoption, and is an expert on TV White Spaces and other non-traditional connectivity options for extending access.
Dr Lovelock is an advisor to PECC on digital and internet economy developments and sits on the board of the International Institute of Communications (IIC). TRPC provides Executive Director and Secretariat support to the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) and the Asia Pacific Spectrum Innovation Group (APSIG), among others.
Between 1999 and 2004 Dr Lovelock built and ran China’s leading IT research consultancy. Prior to that, Peter worked at the ITU in Geneva.
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