The UK is investing in the resilience of African countries in the face of cybercrime

(Agence Ecofin) – Between the accelerated development of communications infrastructure and the digitization of services, Africa prepares for its digital transformation. But the latter could end in failure if the continent does not secure its information systems.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (pictured) announced a new investment of 22 million pounds (31.2 million US dollars) to strengthen the capacity of African and Indian Ocean countries to confront cybercrime. The UK has planned to cooperate with INTERPOL in the implementation of a new cyber operations center whose activities will be carried out from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Rwanda.

« Our goal should be to create a free, open, peaceful and secure cyberspace that benefits all countries and all people. We want international law to be respected in cyberspace, as we would anywhere else. We need to show how the rules apply to these technological changes, to changes in threats, and to systematic attempts to make the Internet a space outside the law. Dominic Raab said at the CYBERUK conference last week.

Home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, Africa where e-commerce, online payments, e-health, etc. are booming. It is gradually becoming a prime target for cybercriminals. As the continent’s digital transformation is attracting renewed interest, securing cyberspace becomes imperative to ensure the benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution are reaped.

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In a report released in 2020, Google and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) estimate that the digital economy could represent $ 180 billion of the African economy by 2025 and $ 712 billion by 2050. The UK believes that improving cooperation and sharing information, tracking criminals The Internet between African countries will help preserve this economic potential.

Morel Edjo

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