BDT Director visits Nigeria and H.E. Dame (Dr) Patience Goodluck Jonathan, First Lady of Nigeria, becomes ITU’s Child Online Protection champion.

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May 9, 2013 the BDT Director visits Nigeria with a letter of appointment for H.E. Dame (Dr) Patience Goodluck Jonathan, the First Lady of Nigeria and the President of African First Ladies Peace Mission, to become ITU’s Child Online Protection champion.

In the framework of the ITU Global Cybersecurity Agenda Mr Sanou, BDT Director, made the case that having secured our physical borders, the weakest link was now our borders in cyber-space, to protect our banks, our governments our information, but most importantly, our children against cyber-predators. He met with H.E. Dame (Dr) Patience Goodluck Jonathan, the First Lady of Nigeria and the President of African First Ladies Peace Mission to discuss cybersecurity issues and to hand her the letter of appointment to become ITU’s Child Online Protection champion.  Dame Jonathan has won numerous accolades for her charitable work involving women and children, and is perfectly suited to her role as advocate for ITU’s Child Online Protection initiative.

The First Lady also committed to supporting the establishment of the ITU Cybersecurity Region Center in Nigeria and announced that she had received a letter from the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) pledging financial support for the center. Expressing ITU’s gratitude for the First Lady’s magnanimity, Mr  Sanou also invited her to the ITU Global Youth Conference where she will meet the President of Costa Rica in her capacity as the Patron of Child Online Protection and the other member of the COP Patronage Group, Geena Davis, the ITU COP Special Envoy. The First Lady was also invited to visit ITU-IMPACT in whose framework the ITU Cybersecurity Regional Center would be established and also the Africa Child Online Protection Summit scheduled for February 5-7, 2014 in Uganda.

Mr Sanou also visited the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) whose role in Child Online Protection and the establishment of the ITU Cybersecurity Regional Center he knows to be crucial. Dr Eugene Juwah, the Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of NCC pledged his personal commitment and that of NCC to the two initiatives and to supporting the First Lady of Nigeria in her role as the ITU Champion for Child Online Protection (COP).

Mr Sanou paid a courtesy visit to Mr Kadré Désiré Ouedraogo, the President of ECOWAS and discussed matters of mutual interest to both organizations.  It was recalled that the pilot project for the now successful Harmonization of ICT Policies in Sub-Saharan Africa (HIPSSA) was carried out in collaboration with ECOWAS. Although HIPSSA is scheduled to end its cycle in September 2013, the two leaders agreed to strongly support any bid that ITU would make to partners for a follow-up project. The difference that HIPSSA has made in the development of the ICT sector in Africa cannot be over-stated.

Mr Sanou and Mr Ouedraogo signed a landmark “Letter of Engagement” which allows for both organizations to share data and other resources in developing Digital Terrestrial Transmission Maps for the continent, which would be a resource for member-state development agendas and would provide invaluable graphical and interactive information to investors.

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ITU-IMPACT establishes first Cybersecurity Innovation Centre for Arab region

OmanITU and its cybersecurity partner, the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT), has announced a partnership with the Information Technology Authority (ITA) of Oman for the first Cybersecurity Innovation Centre to cater to the needs of the Arab region. Brahima Sanou, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau and Dr. Salim Sultan al Ruzaiqi, Chief Executive Officer, ITA Sultanate of Oman, signed the Agreement on 15 December 2012 in Oman.

With a total investment of over USD 2 million from the Oman government and ITU, the establishment of the new Cybersecurity Innovation Centre will play a pivotal role in supporting ITU-IMPACT’s global headquarters in Malaysia in localizing cybersecurity services and support to meet the unique needs of the Arab region. The Centre will also serve as a catalyst for enhancing regional cooperation, coordination and collaboration to address escalating cyber threats.

New CIRT in Burundi

12th November 2012: The Director of the ITU Development Bureau and the Director General of the Telecom Regulatory body of Burundi sign an important agreement, providing for Burundi to receive technical assistance from the ITU on the establishment of national cybersecurity capabilities, namely a Computer Incident Response Team  (CIRT).

Burundi has provided a financial contribution to the BDT, in order to facilitate the implementation of the project, which will start in January 2013.This is the tenth country investing in this ITU programme and BDT together with IMPACT has performed assessments on national CIRTs and cyber exercises in more than 40 countries during the past 2 years.

The signature of this agreement, together with the others, is a confirmation of the level of trust that ITU-IMPACT is accorded by Member States.

More on Cybersecurity: http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/cyb/cybersecurity/wwir.html

Connect Americas Preparatory Meeting, 20th April 2012, Mexico City

Mexico will host a preparatory meeting to Connect Americas on 20th April, at the Hotel Intercontinental President, Mexico City. This event will give the opportunity to all stakeholders to discuss and agree upon the Summit main themes and priorities. Read more…

Towards a crime-free cyber-space in Central Africa

ITU-EC Project – Harmonized ICT Policies in the ACP countries

Yaoundé, 6 December 2011

About a hundred telecommunications experts, legal specialists, parliamentarians, members of security forces and other stakeholders in the cyber-security sector in Central Africa have recommended that member states of ECCAS and CEMAC continue to formulate and implement national policies and strategies for a transition to a sustainable and inclusive knowledge society by creating safe and trustworthy environment for the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and to make proposals on the African Union’s draft Convention on the implementation of a legal framework to build confidence in e-transactions on the continent.

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