After several months of negotiation and participations in several workshops and conferences by the technicians from the Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications, the EU and ECOWAS have finally agreed to set up a Cyber Crime Forensic lab in Liberia.
The laboratory when set up will be directly controlled by the Ministry of Justice with support assistance from technicians from the Ministry of Post & Telecommunications.
In a communications dated June 15, 2020 to the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Cllr. Cooper W. Kruah Sr., ECOWAS informed the government of Liberia through the Ministry to provide a space while the funding, equipment and technical support will be provided by EU and ECOWAS.
Minister Kruah has formally written a communication in acceptance of the implementation of the project in Liberia. He stated in the communications that, “Let me formally inform you of Liberia’s acceptance of such a decision and officially thank the project as such.”
Minister Kruah further stated that, “The implementation of the mentioned activities will serve as milestones in Liberia’s efforts to secure its Cyber Space”.
He however, told the Implementation Committee of the project that there would have been no better time than now as the cyber security landscape continues to be challenging.
Few months ago, Minister Kruah held a press briefing and informed the public that Liberia does not have a cybercrime law and the Ministry was doing everything to complete a review of a Cybercrime Act with other stakeholders before submitting it to the office of the President of Liberia and subsequent submission to the National legislature for enactment.
It can be recalled in early February 2019, the Telecommunications Information Technology Commission of ECOWAS, Dr. Zouli Bonkoungou met with Minister Kruah and the Senate and House’s Committees on Posts and Telecommunications, and the Liberia Telecommunications Authority and promised more projects to Liberia in the ICT sector.
The discussion was focused on some of ECOWAS’ regulations that have not been implemented by some member states, Intra Roaming traffic connectivity, Cyber security training, ICT Infrastructure Development amongst others.