• 19/09/2023
  • 15:15 - 16:45 CEST
  • Abuja

Securing Africa’s Data: Insights from the Smart Africa – GIZ Cybersecurity Blueprint

Africa’s population is currently around 1.4 billion and projected to reach 2.5 billion by 2050. Africa will comprise 26% of the world’s working age population, with an economy that is estimated to grow twice as rapidly as that of the developed world. Thus a trusted and resilient digital environment is required.

There are ongoing efforts on the continent to transform Africa into a Single Digital Market (SDM). Africa’s SDM will be the world’s largest market and will build growth in an African Digital Economy. However, some key challenges remain to unlock the potential of Africa’s SDM such as lack of cybercrime strategies harmonization between African countries, limited capacity of national cybersecurity institutions and limited trust on both sides of a digital transaction nationally and across borders.

The session Securing Africa’s Data: Insights fromthe Smart Africa-GIZ Cybersecurity Blueprint will provide insights into the work of different actors on cyber threats, solutions for harmonized cybersecurity regulations, and recommendations for making data economies safe for citizens and societies.


  • Dr. Martin Koyabe, Senior Manager AU-GFCE Project, Global Forum on Cyber Expertise
  • Folake Olagunju, Program Officer Internet and Cybersecurity, ECOWAS
  • Aretha Mare, Projet Manager – Data Governance, Smart Africa
  • Theoneste Ngiruwonsanga, Project Manager for Cybersecuirty and Data Privacy, Smar Africa
  • Adama Konate, Director General, Ecole Supérieure Africaine des TIC (ESATIC)

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