Globalization and the rise of the internet open up new prospects to criminals to operate in and from any jurisdiction, targeting large numbers of people or businesses across international boundaries.
The scale and volume of these crimes, the technical complexity of identifying the perpetrators, and once identified, the challenges of bringing them to justice remain issues of critical and urgent concern to the law enforcement community.
Lending its voice to this important conversation, AGA-Africa Programme organized a conference themed ‘Exploring New Frontiers for Cybersecurity and Africa’s Digital Future’ on 28th-29th June 2022. The interactive 2-day conference showcased AGA-Africa Programme’s crucial work in Africa with a focus on effective strategies to combat transnational criminal activity. The conference brought together AGA-Africa Programme public sector leaders across the continent, ICT leaders on the continent, decision makers of the African ministries of ICT, venture capitalists interested in Africa’s technology scene, leading private sector players in Africa and the United States, as well as African Creatives and Filmmakers.
The conference was officially opened by the moderator Nozipho Tshabalala, Managing Director, Akwande Communications. Keynote remarks were delivered by Karen White, Executive Director of the Attorney General Alliance, Peter Anaman, Director, CELA Digital Crimes Unit, Microsoft, Hon. Alfred Tuah-Yeboah, the Deputy Attorney-General and Deputy Minister for Justice for the Republic of Ghana, Kojo Nkurumah, Minister for Information Ghana and Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah, Chief Justice Ghana and Aisha Dikko, Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice of Ministry of Justice, Kaduna State.
The conference discussions were centred on Africa’s digital landscape, changing trends of cybercrime crime in Africa and new ways of harnessing the digital economy in Africa while addressing emerging issues around the industry’s regulation, legislation and threats presented to it by transnational crimes like cybercrime.
The panellists included Gospel Kazako, Minister of Information and Digitization, Malawi, Amadou Gallo Fall, President, Basketball Africa League, Grace Mburu Njiriani, Executive Director, Flywheel Advisory Africa, Aparupa Chakravarti, Director, Botho Emerging Markets Group, Deon Govender, Vice Chair Africa Finance Practice, Derrick Ashong, Founder TBTM Studios, Markus Green, AGA-Africa Programme Board Member, John Edozie, AGA-Africa Programme International Advisor.
The conference was officially closed by Nozipho Tshabalala, Chief Executive Officer, The Conversation Strategists.