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Far and Wide | December 2023 (I)

This week’s headline features the story of The European continent, which is now home to more highly skilled professionals in the field of artificial intelligence than the US, according to new research. In the last five years, Europe’s IT workforce has grown from 750,000 employees to more than 2.3 million today, the rate of job creation is now more than offsetting the redundancies highlighting the expansion of the industry.

Europe: The European tech industry has started to bring the shine back with AI being the turbocharge of the recovery. The European continent is now home to more highly skilled professionals in the field of artificial intelligence than the US, according to new research. There has been a remarkable 1000% surge in tech talent in artificial intelligence within a decade, the continent has seen the emergence of an estimated 14,000 founders, surpassing the United States by 1,000.

North America: South Korea's Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) along with delegates from the nation's leading shipbuilding companies visited U.S. shipyards and met with the U.S. Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) from November 13th to November 17th to tour facilities and discuss opportunities for mutual cooperation.

South America: Cargill is announcing an accelerated commitment to eliminate deforestation and land conversion from its direct and indirect supply chain of key row crops in Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay by 2025.

Asia: The recent increase in respiratory illness in China is driven by the simultaneous spread of multiple pathogens. and hospitals are gearing up to handle a surge in patients, health officials and experts mentioned last week. 

Australia: A report from education research and consulting group Learning First found just 44 science topics were covered in Australia, compared with an average of 74 in similar countries. Compared with students in the highest-performing country, Singapore, Australians were found to be more than a year behind in reading, about three years behind in mathematics and almost two years behind in science.

Africa: The U.S. Commercial Service and the African Development Bank have announced a new strategic collaboration in a move to drive digital transformation across Africa. This collaboration promises to champion the digital transformation in Africa, aiming for a future where technology empowers growth and prosperity. The initiative builds on the African Development Bank's $2 billion investment in digital infrastructure. 

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