Lomé set to host an international summit on cybersecurity next week

Thursday, 21 October 2021 14:33
Lomé set to host an international summit on cybersecurity next week

(Togo First) - Lomé will host an international summit on cybersecurity on October 25 and 26, 2021. The forum is co-organized by Togo and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and should be attended by Heads of State, top private sector actors, and leaders of the African civil society.

During the meeting, participants will explore and assess the state of cybersecurity in Africa based on five aspects (legal, technical, organizational, capacity building, and cooperation), the state of cooperation regarding cybersecurity at the regional and global level, and the commitment to the Malabo convention on cybersecurity and private data protection. 


Commenting on the upcoming meeting, Togo’s Minister of Digital Economy and Transformation, Cina Lawson, said: “This Summit, which will be attended by eminent personalities, such as the President of the Togolese Republic, H.E. Faure Essozimna GNASSINGBÉ, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Ms. Vera Songwe, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr. Jean Claude Kassi Brou, among others, aims to make cybersecurity a top priority for our States.” 

“Now that the regulatory frameworks have mostly been put in place, we want to propose innovative ideas for operational cooperation, to address the threats, concretely and decisively. And given that our resources are limited, we have no choice but to work together,” she added.

Many political suggestions were made to the presidents expected at the Summit, on ways to boost cybersecurity in Africa.

In this regard, Lomé, it should be noted, has been taking steps over the past few years to reinforce its legal and operational framework in the sector. One of these steps includes the progressive implementation of the National Cybersecurity Agency (ANCY).

For more information about the Summit, visit its official website here.


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