Gorvenance and Policy Workshop

Day One & Two

Governance and Policy Workshop

Workshop Abstract

ICT is a necessary tool for socio-economic development but with it comes inherent risks such as cybercrime which must be mitigated. Cybercrime has the potential to erode confidence and trust in the Information Society thereby impairing national development. Furthermore, modernisation of Government through e-Gov initiatives relies on Government operations being carried out online through the applications of ICTs. Modernisation is driven by the increase in demand for online services by a growing digitally literate society. As Government operations move online there is a need to establish governance structures and policy to protect online operations and the data/information that is used and transmitted through digital infrastructure. The workshop relies on expertise from those who have developed national cyber security policy, strategy and regulatory frameworks and those that are still in the process of doing so.

In line with the Global Cyber Security Agenda which provides a framework for international cooperation aimed at enhancing confidence and security in the information society, SADC has harmonized e-legislation related to e-transactions development, personal data protection, cyber security promotion and fight against cybercrime. This harmonised regulatory framework aims to ensure confidence and security for online users by promoting a healthy and safe environment where online businesses (ecommerce) can thrive and all stakeholders can be assured that should they fall victim to cybercrimes there is recourse. A fight against cybercrime is therefore a fight for development.   


The main objective of this workshop is to discuss, share experiences and best practices on policy,   strategy and regulatory framework addressing cyber-crime. The SADC regional country reports will cover policy, strategy and legislation relating to cyber security. Member States will also present the implementation status of cyber security institutional structures such as CERTs/CIRTs and Public Key Infrastructures (PKIs). The workshop shall also look at cybercrime statistics in the region and on the African continent in general. The fundamental principles of the African Union (AU) Convention on Cyber Security shall be discussed and its relation to the International Treaty - Budapest Convention on Cybercrime. The experience on the collaboration for investigation and prosecuting cybercriminals under the Commonwealth Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) Scheme shall be shared. The workshop will look at a holistic view of cybercrime policy, strategy and regulatory aspects from global, continental, regional and status of SADC Member States at the grass root level. The workshop will enable participants to interact and share their experiences as Member States are at different levels of development in relation to their National Cyber Security Strategy Plan. Last but not the least the workshop will receive a detailed presentation on the efforts of Botswana developing its National Cyber Security Strategy. The workshop delegates’ interactions and inputs are expected to feed into the process of the development of a template model cybersecurity strategy.


Best practice/standards on National Policy, Strategy and Regulatory framework for cyber security that have been formulated and adopted by other countries. Create awareness and sensitisation on African continental agenda on cybercrime, the status of SADC Member States in harmonising their cyber security legal frameworks, regulatory issues on CERTs/CIRTs, infrastructures such as PKI to support digital signature and ecommerce and also current statistics of cybercrime offences in Africa. Ultimately, this workshop will provide the necessary ingredients to enable the review and finalise the draft Botswana National Cyber Security Strategy.


Chairs                         Thomas Dukes, US State Department – Day One

Facilitator                  MTC

Contact                      Dr. George Patrick Ah-Thew, gah-thew@sadc.int

Rapporteur                Member of the National Cyber Security Committee, Ministry of Transport & Communications

Day One

13:30 – 14:15 Panel 1 Council Of Europe & Senegal Representation – Dr Papa Assane Toure

  • The Budapest Convention on Cybercrime

14:15 – 15:00 Panel 2 African Union Commission (AUC)  & ECOWAS

  • Regional perspective
  • Africa Union Convention on Cyber Security and its relation to the Budapest Convention

15:00 – 15:20                                                           Coffee Break

15:20 – 15:50 Ms Priscillah Israel – Directorate of Public Prosecutions Botswana Attorney General Chambers

  • Commonwealth Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) Scheme

15:50 – 17:00 Discussions

  • Items for input into the Model Cybersecurity Strategy



Chairs                    Dr George Ah-Thew, SADC & Cecil Masiga, MTC – Day Two

Facilitator              MTC & SADC

Contact                  Dr. George Patrick Ah-Thew, gah-thew@sadc.int

Rapporteur            Member of the National Cyber Security Committee, Ministry of Transport & Communications

Day Two

10:30 – 12:10 SADC Member States ( Botswana, Mauritius, Zambia, South Africa, Tanzania TBC)

20 mins each

Country Reports from SADC

  • National Policy & Strategy,
  • National transposition of the SADC Model Laws on cyber security,
  • Signatory to AUC Convention
  • Policy and Regulatory interventions for implementing CERTs/CIRTs and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)
  • National Statistic on Cybercrime
  • Issues & Challenges

12:10 – 12:20 Mr.  Beza Belayneh, African Cyber Risk Institute

  • Statistic on Cybercrime in Africa

12:20 – 13:00 Discussions

  • Items for input into the Model Cybersecurity Strategy




  1. Council Of Europe
  2. Dr Papa Assane Toure
  3. African Union Commission (AUC) Speaker
  4. ECOWAS Speaker
  5. Representatives from SADC Member States
  6. Ms Priscillah Israel - Botswana AG Chambers
  7. Mr.  Beza Belayneh, African Cyber Risk Institute

Conference Starts in


For information about the conference, including registration, please contact us at:

  • ubcsconferences(@) mopipi.ub.bw
  • +267 3554975
  • Block 247, Office 269, University of Botswana