The Minister of Innovation and Growth Milena Stoycheva and General Director of Intel for Poland Michael Dzoga, responsible for the company’s artificial intelligence programs for Europe, signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Innovation and Growth and the corporation.

The memorandum marks the beginning of cooperation between Bulgaria and Intel in the field of artificial intelligence. The document was signed in Gdańsk within the framework of the “Intel” conference – “Skills of the Future” 2023. In it, Minister Stoicheva also participated as a speaker in the panel “Skills that promote sustainable development and innovation”.

“The cooperation with Intel and the inclusion of Bulgaria in the network of countries and ecosystems that work for the development of artificial intelligence and deep technologies will allow faster adaptation and development of business and people to the new environment through the potential of new technologies. It will help them develop the necessary skills to be competitive. The purpose of the memorandum is to provide the necessary training and access to key skills for working with artificial intelligence,” commented the Minister of Innovation and Growth upon signing the memorandum.

Stoycheva explained that the Ministry of Innovation, in cooperation with other institutions, will develop a program to increase qualifications and skills for working with artificial intelligence and new technologies, which will also be aimed at companies.

“Intel® Digital Readiness programs aim to democratize access to new technologies so that people use them skillfully and can create solutions for socially significant problems themselves. The Intel® AI for Youth program gives young people an understanding of artificial intelligence and equips them with the skillset and attitudes to take advantage of its opportunities,” said Michael Dzoga during the ceremony.

The MoU envisages creating a partnership with government, academia and industry stakeholders through the Intel® Digital Readiness programs. The second step is to sign an additional agreement by which the Ministry of Innovation and Growth and Intel will implement the Intel® AI for Youth artificial intelligence program in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science and other institutions. This Intel program has trained over 32,000 students aged 13 to 19 in over 21 countries. The company will train and certify teachers and mentors from Bulgaria. The Ministry of Innovation and Growth will provide project management capacity through local executive bodies, public or private.