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Tanzania beats Kenya, Nigeria and South-Africa in Cybersecurity

Tanzania ranks second after Mauritius in guaranteeing a high level of cybersecurity among the other 55 countries on the African Continent.

That was revealed here by the Principal Corporate Communications Officer of the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) Semu Mwakyanjala during the just ended National Financial Services Week.

The event had been taking place at the Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium in Arusha, where it also came to light that, majority of Tanzanians heavily rely on online platforms for almost everything nowadays.

Only 15 African countries have a level of cybersecurity preparedness above the global average.

Mauritius has remained the leader on the continent since 2014.

Tanzania is now holding the second position after climbing up gradually from Number 8 then taking the third position and eventually now slotted at Number 2 ahead of Egypt, but also working hard to top the continental bill.

Essentially Tanzania is so far the most Cyber secure Country in the entire East, Central and Southern African Region, beating digital giants like Kenya, Nigeria and South-Africa.

About twenty countries on the continent still have a basic cybersecurity level; these include DR Congo, Burundi, Equatorial Guinea, and Djibouti (which is already connected to more than eight submarine fibre optic systems).

According to Verified Market Research, the Middle East and Africa cybersecurity market which was valued at USD 5.92 billion in 2018 is expected to reach USD 17.30 billion by 2026.

On the other hand, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Google estimate in their joint report revealed that the digital sector could generate USD 180 billion in revenue for the African economy by 2025 and USD 712 billion by 2050.

However the joint report points out that if it continues, the poor reliability of African digital platforms, coupled with threats of cyberattacks, could jeopardize this promising prospect.

Meanwhile to capitalize on that, the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) is rolling technological opportunities for local creators, especially the tech savvy youth to share their inventions with the entire national as well as global community through digital clubs.

Semu Mwakyanjala addressing Pupils of Arusha School during the National Financial Services Week

Digital clubs means a group of pupils or students with a common interest of building digital skills through discussions and performing various activities using digital tools and technology.

The TCRA creates a platform from which a variety of technologies and innovations will be introduced and used to enable the next generation of digital leaders, including young men and women as well as boys and girls to learn and share expertise.

According to the TCRA official the digital clubs are specifically focusing on Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills among pupils and students.

They also aim at fostering interdisciplinary learning, among the youth, boost critical thinking, creativity, and innovation as well as developing their skills in science and technology, through creating an environment that fosters curiosity and hands-on learning.

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