Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Center and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Gambia Launch Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Training for Gambian public officers

Banjul, Republic of The Gambia – June 12, 2023

The Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Center (ROLACC), in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of The Gambia and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and CIFAL Doha, today launched a four-day intensive training programme on Cybercrime and Cybersecurity in Banjul, Republic of The Gambia. This training programme will run from 12-15 June and bring together participants from various West African nations, including the Republic of The Gambia, the Republic of Sierra Leone, the Republic of Guinea Bissau, the Republic of Senegal, and the Republic of Ghana.

The programme was launched by His Excellency Dr Mamadou Tangara, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of The Gambia. Additionally, Mr Yousef Buhindi, assistant of His Excellency Dr Ali Bin Fetais Al Marri, the Chairman of ROLACC and United Nations Special Advocate for the Prevention of Corruption, spoke on the strength and history of the relationship between ROLACC and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of The Gambia, which has already resulted in two highly successful training programmes delivered in Doha, Qatar. The opening ceremony was concluded by Mr Alex Mejia, Director of People and Social Inclusion for UNITAR and head of the CIFAL Global Network.

During the four-day training schedule, participants will engage in interactive sessions led by experts from the Gambian Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, UNITAR, ROLACC, and the private sector. The training will cover a wide range of topics, including cyber threats and vulnerabilities, digital forensics, legal frameworks for combating cybercrime, international cooperation, and incident response strategies. Further, practical exercises and case studies will allow participants to apply their knowledge and skills in real-world scenarios.
ROLACC was established under Qatari leadership in 2013 and works in cooperation with national, regional and international institutions to enhance the rule of law, good governance and to combat corruption. The Center also serves as the secretariat of the International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award, a yearly award which has celebrated the work of anti-corruption fighters around the world since 2016.

Since 2019, the partnership between ROLACC and UNITAR has resulted in the formation of an online hub of free anti-corruption educational resources known as the Global Anti-Corruption Training Platform, as well as a series of e-learning course on topics such as anti-corruption and human rights, sustainable development, and the use of technology, and a number of roundtables, seminars, and panel events focusing on the significant issues related to anti-corruption currently faced by the public and private sectors.