The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) has participated in the just ended National Cyber week 2017.
The five-day Exhibition and conference took place at the International Conference center from Monday, 23 to Friday, October, 2017 on the theme “securing Ghana digital journey”.
The cyber security week aims at creating awareness of cyber security and anti – cybercrime initiatives and to build the capacity of different stakeholders within the cyber security ecosystem. It is also aimed at providing an opportunity for local and international stakeholders to engage and share ideas on cyber security initiatives being pursued within the industry and best practices and among others.
GIFEC participation has helped to gain insight and understanding of the transformation of the ICT industry, Make important contacts and meet potential partners in networking events, activities, tools and workshop. It offered opportunity to GIFEC to explain tis universal access programs to participants.
In his statement, the President, His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo said his government intends, in the next few months, to establish a National Cyber Security Centre, as has been done in some other countries. He said his government will liaise with relevant state agencies and the private sector to oversee cybersecurity operations at the national level.
According to President Akufo-Addo, the national identification system, the digital addressing system, e-payments, digital financial services and the various e-government initiatives in which Ghana is now taking so much pride, can be brought to a halt or undermined by cybercrime.
He added that Cyber-security issues are now firmly national security threats, adding that “Ghana cannot fully reap the digital dividends, associated with her adoption of ICT as a means of our socio-economic transformation if the country fails to mitigate both existing and emerging cybersecurity threats.”
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Monday, October 23, 2017, at the opening of the National Cyber-Security Week, and the inauguration of the National Cyber-Security Inter-Ministerial Advisory Council, at the Accra International Conference Centre, in Accra.
He stressed on the need to undertake specific policy and practical intervention initiatives, including capacity building, international co-operation, judicial enforcement of cybercrime legislation, and implementation of technical standards and safeguards to combat the scourge.
In her closing remarks to wrap up the five days Exhibition and Conference, Hon. Ursula Owusu – Ekuful indicate and said her Ministry will work assiduously to make sure that together with the private sector they will work to combat the cyber security issues in Ghana. She thanked participants and Exhibitors as well as sponsors of the program. She assured them that lessons learnt will incorporated in the next year cyber security program