The new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Rwanda, Takayuki Miyashita visited Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarters in Kacyiru on September 8 and credited the force’s technological development in the face of the emerging security challenges.
Amb. Takayuki, who was received and held talks with Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana, also visited the RNP cyber facility that accommodates the cyber security centre, which was established with the support of the Japanese Government.
In an interview, the Ambassador noted that Rwanda has embraced Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in its leadership, which also requires a notch ahead of security threats that comes with it.
“As the new Japanese Ambassador to Rwanda, it’s my pleasure to visit Rwanda National Police; particularly I came here to congratulate the police upon the completion of the cyber centre. You have well utilized the assistance of the Japanese people,” Amb. Takayuki said.
The facility houses both the digital forensic lab and a cyber fusion centre, among others.
“Rwanda has embrace ICT as one of the areas in its leadership and development, but for technology-based development to be more active and important; the cyber security measure should be emphasized. I believe this centre will play that great role in Rwanda,” he added.
He pledged continued support especially in the field of ICT and cyber security in particular.
“We have observed that the centre needs more additional facilities for it to function more efficiently, that’s why today I am going to sign another agreement with the Ministry of Finance concerning more equipment for this cyber facility to make it more efficient.”
IGP Gasana noted that cybercrime is a serious and increasing threat adding that “no doubt the cyber security facility will enhance investigations through supported scientific evidence.”
E-policing is among the priorities of Rwanda National Police.
The institution, last week, hosted an All-Africa ‘Cyber Enabled Crime Table-Top Exercise’ as both part of its cross-border cooperation effort as well as reshaping capacities and capabilities in IT-led policing and investigations.
The exercise which coincided with the 18th Annual General Assembly (AGM) of the Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (EAPCCO) included laying of a foundation stone for the construction of the ‘Regional cyber crime centre of excellence.’
The regional centre to be connected to other global Cyber Crime Centers of Lyon (France) and The INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore will host the digital forensic laboratory (mobile and disk forensics, and malware analysis), cyber fusion centre and cybercrime investigations.