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ASEAN Issues AI Governance Guidance

A guide on AI governance was launched at the fourth Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) Digital Ministers Meeting, offering practical insights for regional organisations. These include financial institutions utilising traditional AI in commercial and non-military applications. The guide emphasised alignment and the fostering of interoperability, providing recommendations for governments to implement responsible AI initiatives at both national and regional levels. It also included measures promoting responsible AI use, recommendations for system design, and use cases from organisations including EY and Gojek. The recommendations propose establishing an ASEAN working group to drive and oversee regional AI governance initiatives. Ministers from the ten-member regional bloc – comprising Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam – have agreed to establish the working group, marking the first time that Singapore has collaborated with fellow member states on a guide on AI governance and ethics. “A robust risk management approach should be taken at every stage of the AI system lifecycle, assessing and mitigating financial, reputational, ethical and legal risks,” the guide stated. “This helps to build trust towards the acceptance and greater use of AI technologies in the region.

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