Global Forum on AI Governance

14 October 2020

Today, the United States Chamber of Commerce, Orgalim, and Keidanren are proud to announce the launch of the Global Forum on AI Governance. The challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic have underscored the importance of AI as a source of innovative solutions and, increasingly, of economic growth. The Forum will facilitate dialogue between leading business voices and policymakers with the aim of supporting international coherence in emerging AI governance frameworks, while encouraging innovation, competitiveness, and respect for democratic values.

Today’s inaugural session, hosted virtually by Orgalim, featured discussions on existing and potential regulatory frameworks for AI between government and industry representatives from the European Union, The United States of America and Japan. As discussions on AI policy continue to evolve globally, we aim to convene regular meetings of the Forum to support open dialogue and deepen collaboration on this crucial topic across our markets.

Rada Rodriguez, the President of Orgalim and Senior Vice-President at Schneider Electric, opened the Global Forum on AI Governance by highlighting the leading role of Europe’s technology industries in the application of AI technologies. The combination of Europe’s extensive domain expertise in industry with AI technology will not only drive Europe’s future competitiveness but will enhance its industry’s position as a global leader on industrial AI.

Commenting on the Forum’s objectives, Rada Rodriguez said: “There is no one single form of AI, which means there can be no one single policy framework for AI. We need to clearly distinguish business-to-consumer applications from business-to-business ones. When it comes to B2B, there is a solid and comprehensive legislative framework already in place at European level which addresses many of the emerging policy objectives. To avoid creating disproportionate regulatory burdens, we encourage international dialogue on strengthening the role of ‘soft law’, such as professional guidelines, private standards, codes of conduct, and best practices”.