The DRC's ICT Bill

To address the loopholes of the Democratic Republic of Congo's Framework Law 013/2002, a Telecommunications and Information Communications Bill (The “ICT Bill”) has been drafted which is meant to update the Framework Law 013/2002. The ICT Bill is currently in draft and will be known as the Telecommunications and ICT Framework when passed. In September 2019, the Telecommunications and ICT Bill was sent back from the office of the President for a further reading and re-drafting to remedy certain provisions.

The ICT Bill has, however, been criticised for containing inadequate provisions regarding cybercrime and cybersecurity. At the time of writing, the DRC has no institutional mechanisms for responding to cyber incidents, including a CERT or other national-level cyber security infrastructure. As at March 2019 according to the ITU, there is no CIRT established (ITU, 2019). A draft decree establishing a CERT has been submitted for examination and adoption by the Council of Ministers. The CERT / DRC project whose strategies, operation and effective implementation are already the subject of two bills under discussion in Parliament.