3 African countries move to promote cyber-security

Three African countries namely; The Gambia, Sierra Leone and Mozambique, have called on the Cyber Security Authority (CSA) for collaboration and support for the development of cyber-security.

The call is also to improve bilateral relations between their respective countries and Ghana.

These came to light when leading officials of the cyber-security institutions of these countries met at the Africa Union (AU) -Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE) Africa Cyber Experts, in Accra, recently.

Prof.  Lourino Alberto Chemane, Chairman, Board of National Information and Communication Technology, Mozambique, expressed his country’s interest in learning from Ghana’s experience in cyber-security development and in establishing a relationship with the CSA.

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He indicated the need for guidance from Ghana’s CSA through the required guidelines to enable the ratification of the Budapest Convention, which Ghana has already ratified, and to assist Mozambique to implement its cyber-security policy and strategy.

The Managing Director of the Gambia Telecommunications Company Limited, Mr Lamin Tunkara, said his country had confidence in Ghana’s efforts in developing cyber-security and would want cyber experts from the country to train personnel in The Gambia.

The Deputy Director-General, National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), Sierra Leone, Mr Amara Brewah, said his country was interested in learning more about Ghana’s National Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) Ecosystem, Protection of Critical Information Infrastructure (CII), Child Online Protection (COP), and the “Safer Digital Ghana” awareness creation programme.

The Acting Director-General, CSA(Ghana), Dr Albert Antwi-Boasiako, noted that the Authority would collaborate with NATCOM to support cyber-security development of the countries.

He stressed that Ghana’s modest but significant cyber-security development would be meaningless if other African countries failed to develop along the same line as nations were interconnected and cyber-insecurity in one country had impact on other countries.

Dr Antwi-Boasiako said the CSA was ready to collaborate and learn from other African countries, to develop critical areas such as awareness creation, home-grown capacity building and the protection of critical information infrastructure.

He commended the countries and assured them of CSA’s commitment to collaborating and achieving a truly secured and resilient digital space in Africa.


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