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AU’s STC-CCIT session ends in Mali without quorum

The first extraordinary session of the Specialized Technical Committee of the African Union on Communication and Information and Communication Technologies (extra STC-CCIT held in Bamako, Mali without a quorum, reports ITRealms.

The meeting expected to be made up of Ministerial experts was hosted by the government of Mali saw 12 members of the African Union (AU) in attendance out of the 54 membership.

ITRealms gathered that the meeting which ended at the weekend was marred by lack of the required quorum although the meeting went on to examine two-agenda items on Internet Governance and cybersecurity and fight against cybercrime.

A communique made available to ITRealms at the end of the meeting showed that the opening ceremony was graced by the Minister of Digital Economy and Communication of the Republic of Mali, Mr. Mountaga Tall.

Participants at the Conference followed the key points of Mr. Mountaga speech who asked them to be more aware and mobilized against the political, democratic, cultural and strategic governance of the Internet and the issues of cybersecurity and cybercrime.

In addition, ITRealms reports that despite the quorum, CTS on Communication and ICT adopted the report of experts which primarily contains the AU Declaration on Internet Governance and the African global approach on Cyber Security issues and fight against cybercrime.

On Internet Governance issues, CTS submitted for adoption of the AU Declaration on Internet Governance to the legislative organs of the African Union.

While on cybersecurity and fight against cybercrime, they made recommendations to the Executive Council of the African Union for review.

The Ministers stressed the crucial role of the Internet Governance and Cybersecurity in achieving the objectives of the AU Agenda 2063 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals for dynamic and prosperous Africa.

At the end of the deliberations, the African Ministers in charge of Communications and Information and Communication Technologies welcomed the spirit of responsibility, conciliation and cordiality that prevailed throughout the Conference of Ministers.


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