A cybersecurity regional hub will soon be built in Lomé, Togo

Friday, 19 August 2022 17:59
A cybersecurity regional hub will soon be built in Lomé, Togo

(Togo First) - Togo will soon host a regional cybersecurity hub: the African Cybersecurity Center. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) will help the country build the facility. Both parties have already signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to this end, according to a joint release dated August 16, 2022.

“The Togolese Republic and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) are pleased to announce the signing of a memorandum of understanding for close collaboration to build the African Cybersecurity Coordination and Research Center in Togo,” reads the release.

Cina Lawson, minister of the digital economy and digital transformation, welcomed the news, saying:  "We are pleased to partner with ECA, to bolster our commitment to making cybersecurity a top priority for our states. Our ambition is to make our country a true digital hub in Africa. Our partnership model with the private sector is an innovative approach we want to put forward, to inspire other countries, and foster safer cyberspace on the continent.” 

The African Cybersecurity Center will be built in Lomé. Among others, it will provide expertise in cybersecurity, promote this discipline, and investigate cybercriminal activities.

The Center’s currently-known missions include building capacity and supporting established cybersecurity agencies in African countries, working with African governments, policymakers, law enforcement, and security experts. Overall, the hub aims to develop effective frameworks for assessing and tackling cyber threats, while promoting cybersecurity in the region. It will also provide highly specialized technical and research skills to boost cybersecurity, in West Africa, and Africa in general.

Last March, Togo hosted Africa’s first cybersecurity summit. Co-organized with UNECA, the event brought together Heads of State and governments, as well as leaders of the private sector and civil society.  On this occasion, the "Lomé declaration on cybersecurity and the fight against cybercrime," or the Lomé Declaration, was adopted.

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