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An international workshop on Criminal Justice Statistics on Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence is underway in Accra.

The three-day workshop is being organized by the Council of Europe in collaboration with the Global Action on Cybercrime (GLACY) Extended.

Glacy+ is a joint project of the European Union and the Council of Europe that provides support to countries globally in the implementation of the Convention on Cybercrime, usually referred to as the Budapest Convention— a global arrangement which prioritizes a common criminal policy at protecting countries against cybercrime by adopting appropriate legislation and international co-operation.

About 50 participants made up of criminal justice professionals from seven priority countries in Africa and the Asia-Pacific region— Mauritius, Morocco, Senegal South Africa and Sri Lanka are attending the conference.

Delivering the key note address at the opening of the conference on Wednesday, Minister for Communications, Ms Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, expressed concern about the high incidence and sophistication of cyber criminals globally.

Ms Owusu-Ekuful said an effective response to cyber crime would require effective collaboration.

She disclosed that the Ministries of Communications and Justice and Attorney-General’s Department would engage Parliament for the formal ratification of the Budapest Convention to facilitate the successful prosecution of cross border cyber crimes.

Ms Owusu-Ewukul said Government would also build a comprehensive cyber security arrangement involving key public and private sector stakeholders and equipped with the relevant infrastructure.

Furthermore, she said, Government would also establish a National Cyber Security Council as well as a Cyber Security Centre to oversee Cyber Security incidents with a forensic laboratory in place to support investigations and prosecutions.

In a statement, Matteo Luccheti, Project Manager, Council of Europe, said GLACY Extended Project aimed to strengthen the capacities of states worldwide to apply legislation on cybercrime and electronic evidence and enhance their abilities for effective international co-operation against cybercrime.

Mr Luccheti said in its assessment of GLACY+ countries, Ghana represented a best practice in the sub-region in matters relating to cybercrime and cyber-related crimes and urged government to take steps to become the regional hub able to promote the adoption of international standards in neighbouring countries.

Welcoming participants to the workshop, Mr Joe Anokye, Director-General, National Communications Authority (NCA), disclosed that in its assessment of Ghana, critical procedural gaps such as the collection and management of statistics in cybercrime and electronic evidence and the under-reporting of evidence had been identified.

Mr Anokye said the workshop was, therefore, an appropriate avenue for policy decisions and strategies for addressing the challenges to efforts at fighting cybercrime.

 

Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)

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