Togo will host a regional cybersecurity hub in West Africa

Togo will set up a regional cybersecurity hub, called the African Cybersecurity Center , with the support of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) . The two parties have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to this effect, indicates a joint press release issued on Tuesday, August 16, 2022.

" The Togolese Republic and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) are pleased to announce the signing of a memorandum of understanding for close collaboration for the construction of the African Center for Coordination and Research in Cybersecurity in Togo. “, we announce.

For the new structure planned to be based in Lomé, this will include providing at the sub-regional level, expertise in cybersecurity and carrying out activities related to the promotion of cybersecurity and the investigation of cybercrime.

According to initial information, the missions of this center will be, among others:

  • build capacity and support cybersecurity agencies established in African countries
  • collaborate with African governments, policy makers, law enforcement and security experts
  • create effective frameworks to assess and mitigate cyber threats, promote cybersecurity in the region
  • to provide highly specialized technical and research capacities for the promotion of cybersecurity in the region

Togo is not in its infancy, however, in its ambitions to strengthen cybersecurity at the regional and continental level. Last March, Faure Gnassingbé's country brought together heads of state and government, private sector leaders and civil society leaders around the issue, at the 1st Cybersecurity Summit , co-organized with the ECA. At this international meeting, the “ Lomé Declaration on cybersecurity and the fight against cybercrime ”, known as the Lomé Declaration, was adopted.

Source : TogoFirst