Ghana to receive support in fighting cybercrime

Mr.Felix Ofosu Kwakye(second from left) and Robert Jackson(third right) US Ambassador to Ghana with the participants.Photo.Ebo Gorman  (2)Ghana is to benefit from a 10- million euro fund from the Council of Europe to fight cybercrime under the Glacy project.

The money, in the form of technical assistance, is to help in capacity building programmes for law enforcement agencies to prosecute cybercrimes and enforce cyber laws , and equipment to track cybercrimes.

The amount has been dedicated by the Council of Europe as a global fund to assist selected countries to fight cybercrime.

Mr. Eric Akumiah of the Ministry of Communications, Ghana Computer Emergency Response Team, disclosed this to The Ghanaian Times on the sidelines of the National Cyber Security Conference held in Accra yesterday, to mark the Cyber Security Week.

The theme for the celebration is, “Unifying our efforts to secure our cyberspace,” underscoring the need for international cooperation in protecting the cyberspace.

He said the country’s assessment had been concluded and cabinet had approved Ghana’s signing to the project.

Mr. Akumiah further explained that a team from Ghana had visited Budapest to finalise the framework for the technical assistance.

He said that the project would boost “Ghana’s credentials in the fight against cybercrime” adding “the project will improve our ability to manage cybercrimes and work with other partners to prosecute cybercrime offenders”.

Speakers at conference stressed on the need for international collaboration to fight cybercrime and increase public awareness on issues of cybercrimes.

Felix Owusu Kwakyi, a Deputy Minister of Communications, said cyber crime posed a challenge to the country’s investment in telecommunication infrastructure.

He said though the country had a legal framework to deal with cybercrime, there was need for international cooperation to protect the country’s cyberspace.

The US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson, expressed the US government’s commitment to help Ghana fight cybercrimes.

The Head of Police Criminal Investigation Department Cybercrime Unit, Dr. Gustav Yankson, said there was “huge gap” in knowledge among investigators and stressed on the need for capacity building.

Dr. Yankson mentioned lack of equipments as digital forensic tools to fight cybercrimes saying “we are just managing with the situation”.

 

By Salifu Abdul-Rahaman

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