Uganda and Malawi sign pact to fight cybercrime and build capabilities
Uganda and Malawi sign pact to fight cybercrime and build capabilities

Uganda signed a memorandum of Understanding with the government of Malawi aimed at increasing collaboration to fight cyber-crime, Uganda's minister for ICT Frank Tumwebaze tol SCMedia UK in an exclusive interview.

According to the minister, the memorandum of understanding will allow the two countries collaborate in areas of cyber-security, policy formation, regulation and research among others. The two countries will also collaborate in policy implementation and capacity-building through training their respective departments.

“This is a confidence-building measure for us which helps us to validate what we have been trying out in terms of policy and programmes,” Tumwebaze said.

The government is committed to building the country's cyber-security capacity to enable growth of the ICT sector as well as assure safety and security of the government's online data," he added. 

Benchmarking the ICT sector in the Republic of Uganda has enabled them learn a lot which they intend to implement in their own country, the ICT minister for Malawi Nicholas Ndausi, said.

The MOU is going to provide a platform upon which they can implement what they have learnt but also to pursue joint projects, he added.

The minister also advised the private sector to invest in creating secure cyber-barriers to curb the escalating problem of cyber-crime, adding that the government will be enacting laws to help build capacity in policy and regulation against these crimes.

With the increasing cyber-security concerns in East Africa, there is a need to find the best strategies by governments to  ensure that East African countries are able to get the productivity benefits made possible by Information Communication Technology, Uganda's  Permanent Secretary in the ministry of ICT Bagiire Vincent Waiswa, explained.

According to Bagiire, the government of Uganda also plans to review all legal frameworks in the ICT sector to allow for efficient operationalisation, enforcement and improvement of cyber-laws, and to strengthen information security in the country.