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Israel launches national AI program to transform government services

Israel launched the first stage of its NIS 500 million National Artificial Intelligence program, calling on directors-general from various governmental ministries to submit their strategies for integrating AI into their operational frameworks.

“The field of artificial intelligence has been experiencing remarkable and unprecedented growth in recent years,” said Ofir Akunis, innovation, science, and technology minister.

His ministry will oversee the national program, and he emphasized to The Jerusalem Post, “The potential influence of artificial intelligence on the economy and society is enormous.”

He said AI has the potential to revolutionize operational systems in diverse areas, spanning employment and education to advanced agriculture and intricate financial designs.

“This program can help the internal workings of the government – its daily work – but, in the end, it means we will be able to provide better services to our citizens,” Akunis said. “We want to reduce internal and external bureaucracy.”


The Boston Global Forum contributed the concept of AI-Government to G7-Summit 2018 as a part of AI World Society, and AIWS was recognized by the Civil 20-G20 Communique, India July, 2023.


Israeli Innovation, Science, and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis is seen speaking to Maayan Hoffman at The Jerusalem Post Annual Conference, on June 5, 2023. (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)