September 25, 2023
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ECOWAS unveils joint platform for advancing cybersecurity

By Fortune Abang

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will launch, on Tuesday in Abuja, the Joint Platform for the Advancement of Cybersecurity in West Africa.

According to a statement posted on its website on Monday, the platform will focus on regional cyber diplomacy, the protection of critical infrastructures, the fight against cybercrime, and data sovereignty.

The event, it said, is organised in collaboration with its esteemed partners, and will serve as an official starting point for the joint implementation of the ECOWAS Action Plan to increase regional capacity and cybersecurity resilience.

The launch will take place on Sept. 12 followed by a two-day workshop on confidence-building measures (CBM) for regional cooperation.

The workshop will focus on the value of developing CBMs as a tool for increasing cyber resilience in the region.

The Joint platform for advancing Cyber Security in ECOWAS was initiated under Germany’s G7 presidency with an endorsed Action Plan (2022 – 2025) focusing on building regional cyber diplomacy, combatting cybercrime, ensuring data sovereignty, and protecting critical infrastructure. (NAN) (

Edited by Emmanuel Yashim

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