Ghana’s GC3B event on Cyber Expertise

''A proud moment'' - Project manager Lynn

With a direct flight, our project managers Lynn and Cathelijn travelled to Ghana’s bustling capital Accra. After months of preparation, the very first edition of the Global Conference on Cyber Capacity Building (GC3B) was scheduled. PINO organised the groundbreaking event on behalf of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE). Our Dutch event expertise met Ghanaian hospitality at this unique conference where diverse cultures came together.

The aim of the GFCE is to ensure that every global citizen can enjoy the benefits of ICT through an open and secure digital world. Through the GFCE, countries, companies and international organisations come together to share knowledge and expertise on cyber capacity building, including during the GC3B in Ghana. With this mission, PINO set out to organise more than 40 sessions during the conference for over 700 attendees. For those who did not attend but wanted to follow sessions digitally, there was connection via a livestream. International participants were also considered and sessions were besides English also available in Spanish and French.

High-level knowledge exchange
The conference is a unique opportunity for knowledge sharing and fostering international cooperation on cyber capacity building. The entire GFCE team therefore travelled for this special occasion to experience the conference and support the PINO team in the organisation. Minister Ursula Owusa-Ekuful (Ghana’s Minister of Communications and Digitalisation) opened the conference at the Kempinski hotel, attended the conference dinner in the beautifully lit garden of the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, and hosted the plenary closing of the conference. During this final evening, there was also an award ceremony especially for young people who had participated in the Ghanaian National Cyber Security Challenge. The prize went to the participant with the best cybersecurity project.

Proud moment
Our project manager Lynn: ”As a team, we organised the conference from start to finish, including the annual meeting. In preparation, we were responsible for participant communication, programme coordination, and all contacts with the hotel and suppliers.

On the days themselves, we made sure everything ran smoothly and that the client could focus on the content and the relationship with all invitees. A proud moment though was when we converted the plenary hall into three sub-halls within one hour.”

Wifi-less-equipped location
When you have a long journey and intense event organisation behind you, relaxation is well needed. Lynn and Cathelijn did not immediately hop on a plane to rainy Netherlands, but spent a few days in a different environment. Hook on the theme of digital world precisely without wifi! Between the villages of Dzita and Dzita-Abledomi on the coast of the Volta region. Again, the generous Ghanaian hospitality returned. Featuring green, rolling surroundings with palm and gum trees. Lynn and Cathelijn look back on a successful edition of this first conference on cyber capacity building.

Organized by:
• Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE)
• The World Bank
• World Economic Forum
• CyberPeace Institute

Hosted by:
• Ministry of Communications & Digitalisation
• Cyber Security Authority (CSA)



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