OCWAR-C Holds 3rd Steering Committee Meeting

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As part of the implementation of the OCWAR-C project, the third meeting of the steering committee was held in hybrid format (project office and videoconference) on April 05, 2022.

The objective of the meeting was to oversee and validate the general direction of the project, in particular to: Review the activities implemented, Validate the visibility actions for 2022, Validate the request for planning, budget and extension free of charge (NCE), and validate bothn/a progress report.

The meeting was opened by the welcome and introductory remarks of the co-chairs: Dr Zouli BONKOUNGOU, ECOWAS Commissioner for Telecommunications and Information Technologies and Mrs Cecile TASSIN-PELZER, Head of Cooperation/Delegation of the European Union in Nigeria and ECOWAS, and finally by the statement of the representative of Expertise France, Mrs. Marie-Claire BOILLOT.

In her opening remarks, Mrs. Cecile TASSIN-PELZER, the Head of the EU, mentioned that the OCWAR C program contributes to strengthening cybersecurity and combating cybercrime in West Africa and encouraged the program to intensify all ongoing actions.

Dr. Zouli commended the OCWAR C project for its efforts to strengthen cybersecurity and fight against cybercrime and mentioned that many actions need to be taken at the regional level to achieve all the objectives set by the project.

He also encouraged the need to intensify ongoing awareness campaigns and coordination of actions at the regional level.

The OCWAR-C team presented the activities implemented from February 2021 to January 2022, including support for the establishment of strategic frameworks, delivery and handovers of digital forensics equipment to national cybercrime units of the beneficiary countries and digital awareness campaigns. hygiene and capacity building. During the discussion, the Committee congratulated Expertise France for the level of implementation of the activities.

The committee also urged Expertise France to revise the 2022 budget and share it with the Delegation of the European Union and the ECOWAS Commission for adoption and planning of activities in order to prepare the next mid-term evaluation and the formalities of extension.

During the closing remarks, the participants were encouraged by the co-chairs to continue to work in synergy for the implementation of the project.

OCWAR-C is an ECOWAS project funded by the European Union with a contribution of 8 MEUR and implemented by Expertise France.

The initial implementation period is 48 months (from January 21, 2019 to January 20, 2023) and the objectives of the program are to support regional initiatives aimed at addressing major threats to peace, security and stability. strengthening security coordination and cooperation; and the implementation of programs to address other specific threats facing the region.

OCWAR C focuses specifically on strengthening cybersecurity and combating cybercrime in the ECOWAS region and in Mauritania.

Some results are expected, in particular the resilience and robustness of the information infrastructure are improved, a strategic framework strengthening the technical, operational and analytical expertise of national institutions concerned with cybersecurity is established.

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