An Inter-Ministerial Round Table on cyber security and cybercrime in West Africa was held in Accra, Ghana, as high-level event of the Climax Week of the National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The meeting gathered together Ministers, diplomats and other dignitaries of countries from the ECOWAS Region, including Ministers from Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Niger, Sierra Leone. The meeting was chaired by the Minister for Communication of Ghana, co-chaired by ECOWAS and the Council of Europe, and attended by additional participants coming from Embassies of Burkina Faso Togo and Benin, Ministry of Communications of Nigeria, U.S. Department of State, UK High Commission.
A declaration was prepared in the end of the meeting, reporting the main take aways of the day, and will be formally submitted by the Ghanaian government to the next gathering of the ECOWAS Technical Committee.
During the meeting, ECOWAS Commission endorsed Ghana as the champion in the region on cyber security and cybercrime matters, requesting the country to act as “ambassador” in the field and share best practices with neighboring countries.