Togo to host international cyber security summit in March
Co-organised by the Togolese Republic and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the Cyber Security Summit will be held on 23 and 24 March 2022 in Lomé, Togo.
This event will bring together heads of state and government, private sector and civil society leaders to engage in high-level dialogue with a view to establishing an uncompromising analysis of cyber security issues and finding cooperation and coordination solutions to respond to the urgent cyber security challenges and issues facing all African actors.
Cyber crime: Africa under threat
Over the past two decades, African countries have been undergoing a profound transformation as they rapidly adopt digital technology. Having accelerated steadily in recent years, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this digital transformation is completely changing our societies as it revolutionises every business sector and reshapes daily life for all people across the continent.
The massive use of digital technology increasingly exposes African governments, businesses and citizens to cyber threats. These concerns could jeopardise Africa’s flourishing digital economy, which is expected to generate $180 billion by 2025, or 5.02% of the continent’s GDP, and will reach $712 billion by 2050, or 8.5% of the region’s GDP.
This situation presents immense challenges, ranging from data protection to system resilience and attacks. It therefore requires close collaboration from all stakeholders involved and tremendous action at all levels: local, national, sub-regional, regional, continental and global.
Better understand cyber security through a collaborative approach and resource sharing
“Now that regulatory frameworks have for the most part been implemented, we want to come up with innovative ideas to promote operational cooperation and address threats in a concrete and decisive way. As the digital space does not take into account the borders between our nations, we have no choice but to strengthen our collaboration and international cooperation,” Cina Lawson, Minister of Digital Economy and Transformation – Togolese Republic.
This Summit, which will be attended by prominent figures – including the President of the Togolese Republic, H.E. Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé, and the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Vera Songwe – meets the following objectives:
● Explore and assess the state of cyber security in Africa in terms of its five strategic pillars: legal, technical, organisational, capacity-building and cooperation;
● Assess the state of cyber security cooperation at the regional and global levels and the commitment to the African Union Convention (Malabo Convention) on cyber security and of personal data protection;
● Put forth policy recommendations to be reviewed by African heads of state and government to create a cyber security system that meets the needs of the continent’s digital transformation and complies with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union’s Agenda 2063;
● Present the Togolese public-private partnership model on cyber security and synergy between the Security Operation Centre and Computer Emergency Response Team, as well as propose concrete solutions for operational collaboration.
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