Minister Lewis Heads Delegation at ICT Ministers Forum

A three member delegation from Montserrat will attend the 2018 Commonwealth ICT Ministers Meeting in London next week.

The team is headed by The Honourable Minister of Communications Paul Lewis and includes ICT Coordinator in the Ministry Loni Howe and ICT Security Expert Dwayne Cassell.

The 2018 ICT Ministers meeting is of particular significance as it comes just two months after the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London.

The CTO Council in September 2017, adopted a Resolution that called upon the Heads of Commonwealth Governments to pay particular attention to the security of cyberspace at the meeting and requested a programme of practical action be initiated, which aims at ensuring the safety, security and resilience of Cyberspace is initiated.

One of the key outcomes of CHOGM was the adoption of a Declaration on Cybersecurity which commits to: A cyberspace that supports economic and social development and rights online Build the foundations of an effective national cyber security response Promote stability in cyberspace through international cooperation.

The June 18th to 20th meeting attending by the Minister and his team will therefore review the outcomes of the CHOGM, specifically as it relates to the implementation plan for the next two years, which is envisaged to proceed through partnerships that focus on increasing cooperation, knowledge transfer, legislative reform, and capacity building.

The session will also discuss the themes for capacity building which were outlined within the Declaration and how this will be achieved.

 Key points of discussion includecyber security capabilities, Cybersecurity capacity building, and Computer emergency response team (CERT) preparedness.

 

Tanisha Christopher