MACRA Hosts Budapest Convention Workshop

From 17th to 19th October 2023, Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) hosted a training workshop on the Budapest Convention support to the legislative reform on cybercrime and electronic evidence.

The ceremony was opened by the Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to Malawi His Excellency Rune Skinnebach who stated that the EU developed a coherent and holistic international cyber policy.

“To support countries across the globe in fighting cybercrime the EU has partnered with the Council of Europe through the Global Action on Cybercrime, to develop and align partner countries’ national cybercrime legislations with the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime” he said.

In her remarks, her Ladyship Justice Anabel Mtalimanja retaliated the importance of harmonizing the country’s law with international best practices.

The training was meant to equip policymakers, regulators, lawyers, law enforcement authorities, and ICT industry players on how to harmonize the development, application, and enforcement of legal frameworks on cybercrimes and electronic evidence.

The workshop attracted participants from the Task Force on Drafting of Digital laws, MACRA, Malawi CERT, MDAs involved in investigation and enforcement of cybercrimes/electronic evidence and MACRA licensees.

The training follows MACRA’s initiative to review the Electronic Transactions and Cybersecurity Act (2016) to align it with the principles in the Budapest Convention as far as cybercrimes and electronic evidence are concerned.

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