ICT ministers call for harmonized policies and cyberlegislations on Cybersecurity
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The fourth African Union Conference of Ministers in charge of Communications and Information Technologies opened today in Khartoum, Sudan, under the auspices of His Excellency the President of the Republic of Sudan, Field Marshal Omer Hassan Ahmed Albashir. Addressing the Ministers and invited guests during the opening ceremony, President Albashir stated that African countries need to "enact the required legislation for ICT related investments, build the capacity of the youth and put in place incentives to promote science and technology in Africa". During her opening remarks, Ms Aida Opoku Mensah, Director of ICT, Science and Technology Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa reminded participants that "while Internet users have more than doubled to 2.5 billion worldwide since 2005, Africa which is home to 14 percent of the world's population accounts only for 6.2 percent of the world's internet users."