Weekly Spotlight

Shining a spotlight on some of the key security stories from across the Commonwealth.




1. UK and Singapore to strengthen ties in cybersecurity.

In a step to strengthen digital connectivity, three Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) were signed on 29 November between the UK and Singapore, the third of which addresses protecting of state interests online and maintaining a secure cyberspace.

Singapore Minister for Communication and Information Josephene Teo. (Image: Wikimedia Commons, license: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Josephine_Teo_September_2016_(29908295102).jpg)

The MOUs are a pretext to a wider Digital Economy Agreement currently in the process of being negotiated between the two countries, which also include agreements on digital trade and identity systems. Singapore’s Minister for Communications Josephine Teo and the UK’s Secretary of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Nadine Dorries signed the MOUs at the London Future Tech Forum. Teo stated the MOUs ‘strengthen the links between Singapore and the UK in digital trade facilitation, digital identities and cybersecurity. Such partnerships make digital transactions easier, safer and cheaper’.

2. Uganda steps up efforts against the ADF.

3. Cattle Rustling conflict kills 4 in Kerio Valley, Kenya.

4. Brunei and Australia to expand bilateral defence ties.