CA DG Francis Wangusi receives the Association of Regulators of Information and Communications for Eastern and Southern Africa (ARICEA) flag as a symbol of transfer of leadership of the regional body from Mauritius. Looking on are CA chairman Ngene Gituku, ICT PS Joseph Tiampati and Mrs. Devi Chand Anandi Rye Seewooruthun from Mauritius, the immediate  past chairs of the body.

The Communications Authority this week hosted two forums that brought together experts from Africa to discuss ICT regulations and strategies to fight cybercrime.

First was the 10th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Association of Regulators of Information and Communications for Eastern and Southern Africa (ARICEA), a consultative and collaborative forum that brings together regulators and associated actors in the information and communications technology services (ICT) sector in the Eastern and Southern African region.

 At the AGM held at the Laico Regency Hotel, Kenya took over the leadership of the regional body when the CA Director General, Mr. Francis Wangusi was handed over the instruments of power by Mauritius, represented by Mrs. Devi Chand Anandi Rye Seewooruthun. He was accompanied by CA Chairman Ngene Gituku and ICT PS, Joseph Tiampati.

ARICEA, founded in 2003 as a Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), strives to create a platform for ICT Regulators in the region to build capacity and to share experiences and expertise on ICT matters. With 19 members, it coordinates cross-border regulatory issues on ICTs within the region.

The ARICEA delegates at the Nairobi AGM discussed strategic issues in the communications sector aimed at promoting growth and regional integration.

Mr. Wangusi challenged the 12 year organisation to demonstrate its relevance to the industry and the region by “making the effort to give strategic thought to the future of ARICEA so that it can outlive the pace of the industry, create new ways of enhancing access to and use of ICT services in a sustainable manner.” In particular, he called for a multi-stakeholder approach to tackling cybercrime by involving the judicial, law enforcement and custodial sections of the society.

CA Chairman, Mr. Ngene Gituku called for enlightened policy models that will drive connectivity, broadcasting, broadband, and other growth areas that create greater access and affordable ICT services to the people in the COMESA region.
On Thursday, the ICT Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i opened the two-day High level Cyber security Forum attended by delegates from the COMESA region including ICT Ministers from  Egypt, Zambia, Mauritius and Sudan as well as representatives from the European Union.
The Forum reviewed the cyber security in Eastern and Southern Africa, addressed cyber-attacks and defences in critical infrastructure as well as security implication and adaption of evolving technology.  

Dr. Matiang’i said Kenya has recorded tremendous growth in ICTs including Internet. However, he said the growth had also made the country prone to cyber threats, placing Kenya among the high-

ranking sources of hacking attempts in the world while at the same time exposing the country to an exponential growth in cyber-attacks. “For instance, the Kenya Cyber security Report of 2014 indicates that the country saw a 108% increase in cybercrime incidents from an estimated 2.6 million cyber-attacks in 2013 to about 5.4 million cyber-attacks in 2014. This therefore calls for concerted effort in the management of cybercrime and thus the need collaboration among the various cyber security actors: locally, regionally and internationally,” he said.