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DRAFT AFRICAN UNION CONVENTION ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A CREDIBLE LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR CYBER SECURITY IN AFRICA

Summary
The Draft Convention gives effect to a Resolution of the last session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union, and seeks to harmonize African cyber legislations on electronic commerce organization, personal data protection, cyber security promotion and cyber crime control.

In pursuance of the principles of the African Information Society Initiative (AISI) and the African Regional Action Plan for the Knowledge Economy (ARAPKE), the Draft Convention is intended not only to define the objectives and broad orientations for the Information Society in Africa, but also to strengthen existing legislations in Member States and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) on the Information and Communication Technologies.

It defines the security rules essential to establishing a credible digital space in response to the major security related obstacles to the development of digital transactions in Africa.

It lays the foundation for an African Union-wide cyber ethics and enunciates fundamental principles in the key areas of cyber security. It also defines the basis for electronic commerce, puts in place a mechanism for combating intrusions into private life likely to be generated by the gathering, processing, transmission, storage and use of personal data and sets broad guidelines for incrimination and repression of cyber crime. Its adoption would capitalize African and international experiences in cyber legislations and speed up relevant reforms in African States and the RECs.