Rwanda Chosen To Host Global Cybersecurity Conference

Written by Peter Pedroncelli
Rwanda has been chosen as the host for a major global cybersecurity conference set for 2020. Image – AP Photo – Pavel Golovkin

Rwanda will be the first-ever African country to host the global CyberTech conference and exhibition, a gathering that brings together top executives, researchers and other stakeholders in cybersecurity.

The event, billed as Africa Cybertech, is planned in Kigali in March 2020. Cybertech is a regional event and has been organized since 2014 by Israeli firm Cyber Global Events. 

Other African countries bid to host the event but Rwanda was chosen due to its focus on technology and efforts towards digitalization, according to Cybertech founder Amir Rapaport.

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Each event features discussions and meetings by speakers on critical infrastructure, insurance, retail, health and government, defense, R&D, manufacturing and automotive, among others, Technomag reports. 

The African cybersecurity market is lucrative, with investment in the sector forecast to grow from $1.33 billion in 2017 to $2.32 billion by 2020, according to a press release.

Cyberattacks in Africa increased by 20-to-30 percent for the year ending October 2018, according to the Africa Cyber Security Conference held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast in 2018, News24 reported.

Mauritius and Egypt are the two African countries most committed to and best prepared for the fight against cyberattacks, according to the Global Cybersecurity Index 2017, released by the International Telecommunications Union, an agency of the United Nations, AllAfrica reported.

Rwanda was third on that list, ahead of South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria.