As part of the GLACY+ project on Global Action on Cybercrime Extended, Mauritius - the first African country to join the Budapest Convention - hosted the East Africa Regional Conference on Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence.
The regional conference is co-organized by the Government of Mauritius, the Council of Europe and the Global Prosecutors E-Crime Network (GPEN), the main conduit for the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) that promotes the prosecution of cybercrime.
Three messages are at the core of the event:
- Legislation on cybercrime and electronic evidence in line with international standards is key to face the cross-border nature of cybercrime and enable a coordinated response on the global level.
- Good practices to secure and analyse electronic evidence should be shared and used, as digital investigations and prosecutions are a collaborative effort of investigators, forensic investigators and prosecutors.
- Capacity building is needed at all levels to improve criminal justice capability to effectively investigate, prosecute and adjudicate cybercrime cases and other offences involving electronic evidence.
The 3-day regional event brought together around 40 representatives from 12 Eastern African countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mozambique, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe) as well as regional organizations such as the African Union Commission and UNAFRI and also International Organizations such as the UNODC.