Ghana has pledged its commitment to work closely with the Council of Europe to mitigate the disruptive impact of Artificial intelligence (AI).

Minister of Communication, Ursula Owusu Ekuful in a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 21st T-CY Plenary in Strasbourg, France solicited the support of the international community to make the most of the technology while reducing its negative impact particularly on the labour front.

Mrs Owusu Ekuful who raised concerns over cyber security threats in recent times outlined efforts by her outfit to address such challenges including capacity building for data protection officers and draft of a cybersecurity bill.

Capacity building for public sector officials including ministers of state, Members of Parliament (MPs), chief directors, and officials from the Drafting Division of the Office of the Attorney General, according to the minister, would ensure effective understanding and collaboration among stakeholders on the Bill.

Inviting the Council of Europe to review the bill as part of stakeholder engagement processes, the minister indicated that the bill is intended to meet Ghana’s domestic requirements and also international conventions, including the Budapest Convention of which Ghana was a party to.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful indicated Ghana’s commitment to accede to the Council of Europe’s Convention on Data Protection in line with the selection of Ghana to host the secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area ((AfCFTA) announced earlier this week.

Ghana, she noted, would lead sub-regional efforts to get countries on the continent to ratify both the African Union Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection (Malabo Convention) and the Convention on Cybercrime (Budapest Convention).