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Ghana: NCSC announces Ghana's effort to influence African countries accede to Budapest Convention

The National Cyber Security Centre ('NCSC') announced, on 9 July 2019, that the Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, pledged, during the 21st plenary of the Cyber Convention Committee of the Council of Europe, that Ghana will lead the African states to accede to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime ('the Budapest Convention'). In particular, the NCSC highlighted that Owusu-Ekuful said the Budapest Convention had been instrumental in providing a critical international legal framework for dealing with criminal activities in cyberspace, outlining that since the global economy is directed towards digitalisation, it had become important to ensure that relevant legislation is put in place to protect the cyberspace against criminal use. 

Furthermore, the NCSC outlined that Owusu-Ekuful noted that Ghana's ratification of the Budapest Convention complements the African Union Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection, which requires Ghana to ensure the implementation of legal measures to secure the cyberspace against cybercrime. 

You can read the press release here