Dar America hosts a conference on cybersecurity and cyber diplomacy

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Dar America hosts a conference on cybersecurity and cyber diplomacy
With Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Jennifer Bachus,

Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy
Discussion with Moroccan Master’s and Doctorate students from the Ben M’sik and Ain Chock Faculties of Sciences.

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Casablanca December 7, 2023 – The U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca hosted today, at its Dar America cultural center, a conference with Jennifer Bachus, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy.

This conference was part of an official visit that Ms. Bachus made to Morocco from December 6 to 8, 2023. During her visit, Ms. Bachus met government officials as well as representatives from the tech sector to discuss U.S. foreign policy priorities on cyber and digital issues and identify opportunities to support Morocco’s digital transformation.

“My visit has been instrumental in understanding how Morocco is implementing its digital transformation with a focus on cybersecurity.   Our discussions centered on how Morocco and the United States can work together to support Morocco’s digital development goals.”  Ms. Bachus said. “My engagement with the students was one of the highlights of my visit because it demonstrated that Morocco has the human capital necessary to navigate and lead in the digital world.”  “Partnerships like the Cisco Networking Academy and Dell’s ICT Innovation Hub contribute to Morocco’s workforce development and digital skilling,” she added.

Around sixty students from the Master’s and Doctorate cycles of the Faculties of Sciences Ben M’sik and Ain Chock exchanged with Ms. Bachus on several subjects, including the importance of cyber diplomacy and the evolution of cyberspace and its impact on the job market globally.

“This conference highlights the successful collaboration between our establishment and the U.S. mission. This initiative strengthens academic links and promotes international exchanges in the field of

digital transition,”  declared Dr. Sanaa El Filali, professor of computer science and coordinator of the SMI/MIP major at the Ben M’sik Faculty of Sciences of Hassan II University in Casablanca.

This subject is of particular importance given the Kingdom of Morocco’s digital transformation process. Moreover, following her meetings with the various Moroccan governmental and non-governmental stakeholders, Ms. Bachus noted the progress the country has achieved, and expressed the United States’ desire to be a key partner in the process of consolidating Morocco’s position as a regional leader in this area.

“Among the top priorities of the U.S. government, my Bureau is advancing global cyber stability through international partnerships, and supporting trusted telecommunications infrastructure, including 5G,” Ms. Bachus said. “Morocco is making great strides in digital transformation and the United States is eager to support the Kingdom in its vision to become a regional leader in the tech space,” she added.

Ms. Jennifer Bachus:

Jennifer Bachus is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy. Previously she served as Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic.  Prior to that, she served as Office Director for Central Europe at the U.S. Department of State; Special Assistant in the Office of the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment; Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Pristina, Kosovo; Political-Economic Counselor in Astana, Kazakhstan; and head of the American Presence Post in Toulouse, France. She also served in Vietnam and Jamaica, as well as on a fellowship at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She has an M.A. from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, and a B.A. from Brown University.  She speaks Czech, French, and Russian, and some Vietnamese.

About the Office of Cyberspace and Digital Policy

In 2022, the US Department of States established the Office of Cyberspace and Digital Policy. The office’s primary mission is to make cyberspace a safer and more secure space, encourage government accountability, and help U.S. allies strengthen their cyber capabilities.

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