A Major Boost for Cyber Security

The Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, His Excellency Ami Mehl has paid a courtesy call on the Minister for Communications to congratulate her on her assumption of office and invite her to their flagship National Cyber Week Celebration in Tel Aviv, Israel from 25-30 June 2017.

Hon. Ursula Owusu- Ekuful, Minister for Communications, expressed appreciation for the visit and her acceptance of their invitation. She indicated that the Ministry of Communications would like to engage Israel in the field of Cyber Security as they are experts in that area and could assist Ghana to also develop competence in Cyber Security to lead the sub-region in innovation and application of IT. She further stated that the Ministry of Communications was seeking support for the development of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and the establishment of Certification Authorities to provide authentication for Digital signatures and certificates.

These infrastructures will be needed to develop robust e-Governance architecture. Moreover it will be an addition to e-ID and the Digital Address System to help Ghana join the ranks of Digital countries. It would also enable us to be part of the Digital economy and improve our cyber readiness. This will in turn promote e-commerce, as the PKI was a key priority for the Ministry. We also need to inter-connect existing data bases on duplication to ease the use and needed support in that area too.

The Ambassador pledged his assistance and desire to give further impetus to President Netanyahu’s pledge to deepen cooperation with ECOWAS and other African countries in terms of developing projects which were mutually beneficial, a pledge he made during his address at the recent ECOWAS Summit in Monrovia, Liberia.