Opening GFCE Annual Meeting 2018 "From Awareness to Implementation"


GFCE co-chair of India, Mr. Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology


Mr. Secretary opened the GFCE Annual Meeting. He elaborated that, since 2015, the GFCE has provided a valuable space to ensure that all nations can embrace an ever-expanding cyberspace.


Mr. Secretary underlined that India sees cyberspace “as an ecosystem that emerging digital nations can leverage to transform the lives of people through good governance. People are encouraged to embrace the Internet through a trusted ecosystem”. This is why a platform like the GFCE is important, since the GFCE creates an ecosystem that enables efficient international cooperation in building cyber capacities.

He continued that in 2018, the GFCE Secretariat has identified three key priorities, which are crucial for the further development of the GFCE:


  1. Development of GFCE Working Groups along the lines of the five prioritized themes of the Delhi Communiqué on a GFCE Global Agenda for Cyber Capacity Building;
  2. Establishment and development of a Global CCB Knowledge Partner Network, which is essential for the contribution of the practical knowledge and implementation expertise to the GFCE network;
  3. Further internationalization of the GFCE and the Secretariat.


Mr. Secretary was pleased to inform the audience that these key priorities returned on the agenda during this GFCE Annual meeting.

GFCE co-chair of the Netherlands, Ms. Carmen Gonsalves, Head of Taskforce International Cyber Policies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Subsequently GFCE co-chair of the Netherlands, Ms. Carmen Gonsalves, looked forward on the two-day agenda of the Annual Meeting and welcomed the new GFCE Members, Partners and initiatives, who joined since last year’s Annual Meeting. Kindly find an overview below:


New GFCE members:

- From the African region, we welcome: Mauritius, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Gambia.

- From the European region, we welcome: Austria and the Czech Republic.

- From the Asian region, we welcome: the Philippines and Thailand

- From the Central and South American region, we welcome: Guatemala and Dominica

- Lastly, we welcome FS-ISAC.

New GFCE partners:

- The Center for Cyber Security and International Relations Studies (CCSIRS)

- Global Partners Digital

- Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

- EastWest Institute

- IPANDETEC

- NUPI

- ECTEG

- ASPI

- Cybersecurity & Cybercrime Advisors Network

New GFCE initiatives;

- No More Ransom

- Promoting the implementation of tools and frameworks to enhance cyber stability between States

- e-Government and Cybersecurity in Latin America and the Caribbean

- CyberSouth Project

- IoT Security initiative

- Cyber Surakshit Bharat initiative

"...there is a need for a concrete global agenda for cyber capacity building which can assist emerging digital nations to transform the lives of people through good governance”

Mr. Teo Chin Hock, Deputy Chief Executive (Development), Cyber Security Agency Singapore


The opening session of the GFCE Annual Meeting was concluded with a key note the host of the GFCE Annual Meeting 2018. The year 2017 saw an increase in interconnectivity, with the ubiquity of Internet-of-Things (IoT) and other Smart technologies. This is a rising trend, which holds tremendous potential for economic progress and the rise of living standards across the globe. At the same time these technologies call for being supported by strong cybersecurity measures, especially so in the case of supranational Critical Information Infrastructures where successful cyber-attack or cybercrime actions can have far-reaching and disproportionate knock-on effects on other countries around the region and the globe.


However, cyber capabilities differ from country to country – and develop at vastly different rates. Singapore stresses the importance of cyber capacity building across a broad range of areas. This should be achieved in a coordinated manner that seeks to complement existing global and regional initiatives to avoid duplication of efforts.


In addition, it is also important for Singapore to cooperate as an international community on cyber capacity building. In this regard, the GFCE has an important role as a global platform to exchange best practices and expertise on cyber capacity building.