Malawi Veep to lead in cyber security meeting

By Gregory Gondwe, Blantyre, Malawi

Malawi’s Vice President Saulos Chilima will next week preside over a sensitisation workshop on Cyber Security organised by the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) in collaboration with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa).

The event, to take place at the Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe, runs from 28th to 30th April, 2015.

Macra Communication Officer Clara Mulonya said cyber security is a new area in Malawi and globally and there is need for awareness as the nation is experiencing increasing electronic transactions, which in turn will enhance economic activity of the country.  

“The workshop therefore is aimed at raising awareness among ICT Executives and Policy Makers on cyber security so that they know the urgency of making policies relating to cyber crime,” she said.

According to Mulonya, the workshop will also address issues related to cyber threats, a problem which is increasingly becoming a major concern to the development of ICTs in Malawi and the world.

The workshop has been classified in three groups over the three day period targeting various stakeholders that have a part to play in cyber security issues.

On the first day it will pool together high level executives and policy makers before gathering together legal experts on the second day; the third and last day will draw together ICT/IT and telecommunications experts.

The Malawi Veep is no stranger to telecommunications issues as he resigned as Managing Director for Airtel Malawi to join politics.

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