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Keynote Address at the the Third Virtual Economic Crimes and Cyber Crimes Conference

This conference opens up discussions on recent trends of corruption during the pandemic and how various jurisdictions have dealt with the vice. In light of the impact of economic crimes in Africa, the speaker hopes to cast some enlightenment and inspiration on the minds of the participants. This speech elaborates the impacts of economic crimes in a general perspective and distinguishes traditional from economic crime and the cost of the latter to society. It hints at the statistics of economic crime during the Covid-19 pandemic, the exacerbation of cybercrime in the digital spaces in the Covid-19 era. It then proposes that we should question how Africa can rise to the occasion through international, regional, sub-regional and country-specific mechanisms to detect, prevent and prosecute economic crimes and cybercrimes.

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