African Union to Host 2019 Annual Meeting of Global Forum on Cyber Expertise

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H.E Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission
H.E Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission

The Secretariat of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE) has announced that the African Union Commission (AUC) will host the GFCE’s 2019 Annual Meeting in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, from October 8 to 10. .

The GFCE is a global platform for countries, international organizations and private companies to exchange best practices and expertise on cyber capacity building. Its aim is to identify successful policies, practices and ideas and multiply these on a global level. Together with partners from NGOs, the tech community and academia GFCE members develop practical initiatives to build cyber capacity.

The GFCE Annual Meeting 2019 is to move further towards cyber capacity building (CCB) implementation by bringing together multi-stakeholder actors from all over the world. The first two days of the Meeting will be dedicated to the Working Groups, breakout sessions, GFCE announcements and interactive round-table discussions.

The Working Groups involve existing and planned efforts of the GFCE community in building global cyber capacity along the prioritized themes of the Delhi Communiqué. These include Cyber Security Policy and Strategy; Cyber Incident Management and Critical Infrastructure Protection; Cybercrime; Cyber Security Culture and Skills; and Cyber Security Standards and IoT.

The focus of the Annual Meeting 2019 will be on global workshops (organized by the Working Groups); launch of the renewed CCB Knowledge portal; introduction of the GFCE Foundation and the GFCE Fund with the World Bank; presentation of the clearing house mechanism; and discussion on GFCE developments, such as the governance of the GFCE and the CCB research agenda.

GFCE aims to strengthen international cooperation and coordination on Cyber Capacity Building (CCB). The goal is to identify successful policies and best practices and multiply these on a global level. A brief overview of the developments and achievements from 2015 to present can be found here.