September 21st, 2015
LONDON, 21 SEPTEMBER 2015 – The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) and the Republic of Fiji will work together in the coming months for the development of a cybersecurity strategy for Fiji which can then be used as a model framework for other Pacific island nations.
The announcement was made at the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Forum 2015 held in Nairobi, Kenya on 14 – 16 September 2015.
In recent years, the growth of cyber criminality and cyberterrorism has become a major concern for the global community, and countries are adopting different strategies to address these this.
“The Republic of Fiji is committed to doing its part to ensure a safer cyberspace for all. Working with the CTO will assist us in establishing the right national frameworks and in allocating the right level of resources to address criminal activities in cyberspace that originate in our country and collaborate with the international community as needed.” said The Honourable Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Attorney-General and Minister for Communications.
The Honourable Minister further reiterated that as the regional hub for ICTs in the South Pacific, it was important for Fiji to share its experiences and knowledge with its neighbours to help build regional capacity in cybersecurity.
The CTO is currently assisting other Commonwealth countries such as Botswana and Cameroon in adopting their national cybersecurity strategy.
In the case of Fiji, the overall approach is to build upon a clear and shared understanding of basic principles and concrete objectives, an approach that will require all major national and international stakeholders to understand and agree with the main goals and priorities of the strategy, before the in-depth work of developing outputs and implementation plans begins.
About the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation
The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation is an international treaty organisation that supports its members in integrating ICTs to deliver effective development interventions that emancipate, enrich, equalise and empower people within the Commonwealth and beyond.