UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Monday unveiled a new plan for the world’s 100 most talented young professionals in the area of artificial intelligence (AI) to help the country attract the brightest and best minds from across the world.
Speaking at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) annual conference in Birmingham, Sunak made clear that the control over the country’s post-Brexit immigration policy remains crucial for his government. However, he pledged to build one of the world’s most attractive visa regimes for entrepreneurs and highly skilled people and make use of the “Brexit freedoms” to sign trade deals with the world’s fastest-growing economies.
The UK is currently negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA) with India.
“We cannot allow the world’s top AI talent to be drawn to America or China,” said the British Prime Minister, adding, “That’s why, building on the AI scholarships and Master’s conversion courses I instigated as chancellor, we are launching a programme to identify and attract the world’s top 100 young talents on AI.”
Sunak told the CBI conference that harnessing innovation to drive economic growth, embedding innovation in public services, and teaching people skills to become “great innovators” can overcome problems.