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Experts meet in Ghana on addressing cybercrime in Sub-Saharan Africa

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                                The goal of the conference is to improve the cyber capacity and resilience of regional authorities in West Africa.
                            
                            
                                                
                            
                                                            LONDON, UK, January 17, 2022/APO Group/ -- 
                                                        
                            The growing problem of cybercrime requires countries to build effective laws, policies and international cooperation frameworks, said Dr. Tawanda Hondora, Head of Rule of Law at the Commonwealth Secretariat.



The Commonwealth Secretariat's four-day conference on tackling cybercrime has attracted experts from across sub-Saharan Africa, including investigators, prosecutors, members of the higher judiciary, attorneys general and regional authorities.

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Experts meet in Ghana on addressing cybercrime in Sub-Saharan Africa

The goal of the conference is to improve the cyber capacity and resilience of regional authorities in West Africa.

LONDON, UK, January 17, 2022/APO Group/ —

The growing problem of cybercrime requires countries to build effective laws, policies and international cooperation frameworks, said Dr. Tawanda Hondora, Head of Rule of Law at the Commonwealth Secretariat.

The Commonwealth Secretariat’s four-day conference on tackling cybercrime has attracted experts from across sub-Saharan Africa, including investigators, prosecutors, members of the higher judiciary, attorneys general and regional authorities.

The “Regional Conference on Tackling Cybercrime in Sub-Saharan Africa” ​​will be held from January 17-20 in Accra with the participation of 12 Commonwealth African countries.

Speaking at the opening of the conference, Ghana‘s Minister of Communications and Digitization represented by Antwi Boasiako said: “We believe that it is high time that African states, institutions and civil society demonstrate their commitment to cybersecurity, with the aim shared goal of protecting citizens, businesses and organizations in this digital age. This will be imperative to prevent more damaging cyberattacks, which could have devastating impacts, especially in this era of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The aim of the conference is to enhance the cyber capacity and resilience of regional authorities in West Africa in support of the Commonwealth Cyber ​​Declaration signed during the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London.

Dr Tawanda Hondora thanked the UK for its support in funding the project as part of its Cyber ​​Security and Tech Conflict, Stability and Security programme.

He said: “We have provided technical assistance to many Commonwealth member countries, especially in the African and Caribbean region, to help them strengthen their cyber frameworks, including their ability to deter and investigate cybercrime and ensure effective redress for victims. of cyber crime”.

“Through this and other conferences, we seek to create greater awareness of the scale, nature and impact, and above all the solutions, to the growing problem of cybercrime, including here in sub-Saharan Africa.”

Topics to be covered at the four-day event include tackling cybercrime in sub-Saharan Africa, building capacity through awareness, mutual legal assistance systems and electronic evidence, as well as strengthening the fight against cyber crime.

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