Launch: Digital Readiness for Public Sector Leaders

Event date: 24 March 2023, 11:00 - 14:50
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Date: 24 March 2023, 10:00 – 13:50 GMT, Marlborough House/ Virtual (Hybrid)

The Commonwealth Secretariat is partnering with global technology giant Intel to launch a new digital training platform designed to help public sector officials understand and harness the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and unlock the benefits of digitalisation across the Commonwealth.

This cutting-edge online course aims to demystify emerging technologies among senior level public sector officials in Commonwealth member countries, raising awareness about the basics of artificial intelligence, its potential applications, the current needs and digital readiness of respective countries and the variety of sectors in which AI can be utilised to achieve development goals.

The self-paced course aims to promote digital inclusivity and use of efficient digital infrastructure, accelerate the growth of digital economies and support a smart Commonwealth.

This launch event will take place in person at the Commonwealth Secretariat Headquarters at Marlborough House, London and online (hybrid). In-person seating is limited (by invitation), however, virtual attendance is possible from 11:00 until 13:00.


Please register in advance to attend virtually


For more information, please contact Sarah Nziengui Essonghe


10:00 - 11:00

Arrival & registration. Tea and coffee served.

Event moderator: Dr Roger Koranteng, Adviser and Head, Public Sector Governance, Commonwealth Secretariat

11:00 – 11:05

Welcome and introduction of Public Sector Governance work

Prof Luis Franceschi, Assistant Secretary-General, Governance and Peace Directorate, Commonwealth Secretariat

11:05 – 11:15

Opening remarks

The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland, KC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth

11:15 – 11:25

Congratulatory remarks

Sarah Kemp, Vice President, International Government Affairs, Intel Corporation

11:25 – 11:35

Unveiling of the Digital Readiness for Public Sector Leaders training platform

11:35 – 12:25

Brief presentations

  • Transformative power of AI in public sector governance
  • Challenges and opportunities
  • A view of the future
  • Capacity-building in Commonwealth countries


  • H.E Johnston Busingye, High Commissioner of Rwanda to the UK
  • Abdoulie Jammeh, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment, The Gambia (Country statement)
  • Ghislain Ondias Okouma, Special Advisor to the President of Gabon (Country statement)
  • Steve Shakespeare, Director, Enterprise and Public Sector - Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, Intel Corporation
  • Richard Stirling, CEO, Oxford Insights

Moderator: Shweta Khurana, Senior Director – Asia Pacific Japan, Government Partnerships & Initiatives, Global Government Affairs Group, Intel

12:25 – 12:40

Q & A with panel

12:40 – 12:50

The role of AI in good governance

Bharat Lal, Director General of National Centre for Good Governance of India

12:50 – 12:55

The Commonwealth Secretariat, digital transformative technologies, AI and governance

Dr Arjoon Suddhoo, Deputy Secretary-General of the Commonwealth

12:55 - 13:00

Summary Remarks
Joshua Setipa, Senior Director, Strategy, Portfolio, Partnerships and Digital Division, Commonwealth Secretariat

13:00 – 13:50



Media contact

  • Josephine Latu-Sanft  Senior Communications Officer, Communications Division, Commonwealth Secretariat
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