Two of Africa’s key institutions are working to draft a proposed bill that would deal with the growing problem of cyber crime on the continent, Business Day reports.
UN Economic Commission for Africa and the AU Commission are working closely to ensure legislation against Internet-based criminal activity, Aida Opoku-Mensah, a director at UNECA, announced at a press conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She said cyber criminals have over the years considered Africa a place to carry out illegal acts, giving the continent a less-than-stellar reputation when it comes to cybersecurity.
“For that reason, we want to ensure that an e-legislation protocol is developed under close cooperation between the ECA and the AU, and we will ensure that it is adopted by member states in order to curb the menace,'' Opoku-Mensah said.
The proposed legal framework, she said, would ensure cybersecurity in Africa and make it possible to monitor, arrest and prosecute illegal online activity and perpetrators.
“Cybersecurity in Africa would provide improved and easy economic and commercial activities such as e-laws, e-signatories, arbitration laws, e-commerce, e-transaction and other e-services, which will improve good governance on the continent,'' she concluded.