#FITRCLASSROOM: R. Northern Macedonia with a national strategy for Artificial Intelligence

Challenges and opportunities faced by innovative companies in the field of Artificial Intelligence in R. Northern Macedonia was the topic of the last #FITRClassroom, organized by FITD. Representatives of companies that with the support of FITD managed to develop successful projects in this industry presented their thoughts and experiences on the topic: Svetlana Kordumova Trajanova-Pixyle.ai, Hristijan Gjoreski from Aidea Lab, Nino Karas from Codewell unlimited, Dashmir Istrefi from Hoyo Tech Aleksandar Saveski from the company Si-mAInd. The event was addressed by Fatmir Bytyqi, Deputy Prime Minister in charge of economic affairs, coordination of economic departments and investments.

"FITD will continue to be the driver of change in society. Therefore, I will initiate in the Government to create a working group that will work on the National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence, which will be institutionally led by FITD. And which will then enter the big picture of the development of the country, and that is the National Development Strategy 2021-2041 "said Fatmir Bytyqi, Deputy Prime Minister in charge of economic affairs, coordination of economic departments and investments.

The initiative to create a National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence is the beginning of the efforts of the Government and FITD which will enable digital transformation of the entire industry, will enable companies to overcome the challenges they face and will create opportunities for the development of artificial intelligence by of companies.

"This industry has great development potential in our country, but it is still a fact that companies need huge financial resources to start. By creating a National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence, we will give a chance to many innovative startup companies to realize their ideas and projects. The number of 6 companies in the field of Artificial Intelligence that are supported by FITD, in the amount of 441,737 euros, I hope that in the future will grow into a much larger number of innovative companies that we have supported", said Kosta Petrov, acting director of the Fund for innovation and technological development.

Access to data centers, the need for appropriate education and the need for powerful equipment are the main challenges faced by companies that develop innovations based on Artificial Intelligence, said the representatives. However, everyone agrees that the adoption of the National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence will bring many benefits to them as companies that are already developing innovations but also to all who want to start developing in this direction. This was followed by Svetlana Kordumova Trajanova, from the company Pixyle.ai and Dashmir Istrefi from Hoyo Tech who emphasized that the early successes in this field are still in their infancy, but they believe that Macedonia has the potential to follow and apply such innovations and soon all to feel the benefits of this revolutionary technology.

According to Hristijan Gjoreski, a representative of the company Aidea Lab, Artificial Intelligence as the next inevitable step in the digital revolution, is a huge opportunity and potential for small countries, even more for small companies - startups. "It may sound contradictory, but the fact that they are small, makes startups flexible, adaptable, gives them the opportunity to make "cheap" mistakes. And most importantly, it gives them the opportunity to test relatively easily in a small market - new, bold, revolutionary ideas and thus show their value and feasibility," said Christian.

Aleksandar Saveski from the company Si-mAInd spoke about the power of Artificial Intelligence, who has developed the project Mila AI with which he has the opportunity to position Northern Macedonia in the top three countries in the world in terms of technological development in the field of artificial intelligence. "Mila AI is the first technology in the world that is able to make intelligent judgments about the environment in addition to being intelligent, and it does that 40 times more efficiently than the currently most current technologies used in the world," said Aleksandar Saveski.