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02 Jun 2023

Participation of the Cyber Security Council in GITEX Africa

The Cyber Security Council participated in the first edition of the GITEX Africa 2023 exhibition for information technology, held in Marrakech, Morocco, with the aim of transferring the experience of the United Arab Emirates to friendly countries. where H.E. Dr. Mohamed Hamad Al Kuwaiti, Head of the Cyber Security Council, spoke about the UAE's experience in its journey towards national digital transformation and shaping a vision for a more connected and innovative digital economy. The goal was to enhance cooperation in the field of cyber security and to address information security issues and cyber risks.

The Prime Minister of Morocco, Mr. Aziz Akhannouch, and a number of African ministers toured the GITEX exhibition and visited all its sections, including the Cyber Security Council's pavilion, which presented a display on the importance of enabling the concept of cyber security more broadly. The Prime Minister of Morocco expressed his happiness and pride in hosting the first edition of GITEX Africa, which is a symbol of cultural richness and civilization development, and an opportunity to highlight the accelerating efforts in developing talents and skills in the fields of technology and digital transformation.

The keynote speech of H.E. Dr. Mohamed Al Kuwaiti included remarks on building an effective cyber security strategy, as well as a session on capacity building for economic and professional development. The keynote speech focused on securing nations and incorporating cyber resilience into national security strategies. Brigadier General Mustafa Al-Rabiai, the head of cyber security in the Moroccan government, said: "We have been greatly influenced by the success of the competition, in terms of both the number and quality of participants. Many thanks to the organizers, sponsors, and all those who contributed to the success of this event, especially our brothers in the UAE's Cyber Security Council."

The main objective of the exhibition was to support international cooperation and the economy, by establishing a regulatory framework for cybersecurity across continents to protect the economy and governments from the risks caused by cybercrime, and to study ways to protect from potential threats, Where GITEX Africa provided an important opportunity to bring together technology giants, governments, small and medium-sized companies, startups, programmers, investors, and academics to collaborate and explore new projects.

GITEX Africa also witnessed the implementation of the largest cyber exercise in Africa sponsored by the Cyber Security Council, in the presence of more than 52 countries. The competition helped participants learn the basics of reverse engineering, test skills in web security and solve digital forensics incidents and ran from May 31 to June 2, 2023. The winners were announced on 2 June.