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AI Will Transform Trade but Standardised Regulations Needed, Says Dubai Business Hub

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ARTIFICIAL intelligence (AI) may be revolutionising trade but it is still in its infancy, with regulatory divergence charting a bumpy terrain for businesses that trade internationally.

This finding was published in a report released in Singapore on Thursday (May 30) by the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), a global flagship free trade zone set up in 2002 by the emirate.

DMCC chief operating officer Feryal Ahmadi noted in her presentation that the dawn of AI is the most disruptive development in global trade.

“Data lacks global regulation with divergent rules across various jurisdictions regarding data privacy and intellectual property rights, (which) poses the greatest risk to deploying AI in trade on a global scale,” she said.

“Industries and governments must work together to figure out the frameworks that will accompany the adoption of AI – including barriers to free flow of data,” she added.

The report also pointed out that conflicting rules mean businesses have to invest more into ensuring compliance, which could slow down the adoption of AI.

Although the US traditionally sets the global standard for tech regulation, AI rules are emerging at various rates globally, which further complicates the regulatory landscape, noted the fifth edition of Future of Trade, the DMCC’s biennial flagship publication.

In his welcome remarks, DMCC’s chairman of the board, Hamad Buamim, also said: “AI adoption is one of the important factors that we see that will contribute positively to trade.”

He added: “In short, the good news: Trade is going to get more complex, and these changes that impact businesses will create more challenges, but also more opportunities.”

Global trade is also expected to grow slowly this year, with Asia seeing some of the strongest growth, alongside North America and Africa.

In particular, South-east Asia is increasingly becoming an attractive destination for export-oriented foreign direct investment as businesses adapt to higher costs of doing business in China.

Source : The Business Times