On 8 July 2019, Ms. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications of Ghana met in Strasbourg with the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Ms. Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni.
The Minister visited Council of Europe to take part in the 21st Plenary meeting of the Cybercrime Convention Committee (T-CY), where for the first time the delegation from Ghana participated in its capacity as a Party to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime.
Ms. Battaini-Dragoni thanked Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful for the role the Minister played in the accession by Ghana to this global instrument and welcomed the demonstrated interest in joining other Council of Europe treaties, in particular the Data Protection Convention 108+.
Ghana is very committed to implement sound legislation, policies and strategies on cybercrime, cybersecurity and data protection. It plays a leading role in Western Africa, and could function as a hub of competencies in these fields for the Anglophone countries in Western Africa.
Importance of the capacity building activities provided under the joint EU/CoE project on Global Action on Cybercrime Extended (GLACY+) has been recognized, as well as the Minister’s active support and cooperation in the project.