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Gov’t keen on digital upskilling of youths – minister

Jordan Daily – The adopted legislative and regulatory system in support of cybersecurity has helped Jordan moving up three spots on the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) to rank 71 out of 193, Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship Ahmad Hanandeh said on Wednesday.

Hanandeh’s remarks were made during a meeting attended by Minister of Youth Mohammad Nabulsi and members of the ICT sector held as part of a youth training programme of the Ministry of Youth’s political institute.

The Digital Economy minister expressed the government’s keenness on improving the digital skills of young people in line with the requirements of the labour market.

Hanandeh said that the ministry set up the legislative and regulatory system by developing a cybersecurity strategy in 2018. The Cyber Security Law was prepared in 2019, as well as the national policies for cyber security, and the National Centre for Cyber Security started operations in 2020.

Nabulsi said that the political institute’s programme is part of the ministry’s push towards youth empowerment and enhancing their participation in decision making, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

The members of the ICT sector in the government youth training programme reviewed a policy paper on the efficiency of the electronic security system. The policy paper calls for a number of development mechanisms, including proposals for instilling “a strong cybersecurity culture” and preparing workforce experienced in information security and cyber security.

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