[AfrICANN-discuss] About the change of AfriNIC-9 venue!

alain aina aalain at trstech.net
Sat Oct 25 20:56:34 SAST 2008

Thanks for sharing  this with us.

People should understand that if  we don't have  good networks in  
AFRICA, it won't help naming space including  dotafrica.


On Oct 23, 2008, at 7:28 PM, Anne-Rachel Inné wrote:

> Dear Colleagues,
> As you know, the AfriNIC-9 will now be held in Mauritius instead of  
> Addis
> Ababa (Ethiopia) as originally planned. This is a unique situation  
> which
> has affected us all. Many of you have written to us to inquire about  
> what
> happened and to propose your help. Thanks to you all and your  
> continued
> support to what we are trying to do at AfriNIC for our Region.
> We sincerely apologize for the short notice in change of venue. The  
> previous
> host, ETC (Ethiopia Telecommunication Corporation) notified us that  
> "for some
> serious reason that needs time to clear and settle", they have been  
> obliged
> to pend and postpone hosting the AfriNIC-9 meeting. After some
> investigations to
> try to understand what is happening, it comes to our attention that
> the decision
> comes from the Government who has requested them to suspend the  
> hosting of
> AfriNIC-9 meeting because they are suspecting AfriNIC to have some
> hidden agenda
> with the meeting in Addis Ababa and which has to do with
> "dotAfrica".  According
> to the article reproduced bellow, the bid for dotAfrica presented by  
> a Company
> (leaded by and Ethiopian) has been sabotaged by AfriNIC which  
> prevent her to
> settle the Headquarters in Ethiopia. According to information we  
> have been
> able to collect, she claimed that AfriNIC want to host "dotAfrica"  
> in South
> Africa or Mauritius so is against Ethiopia interests by doing so.
> Let's me precise here that dotAfrica and domain names businesses are  
> not part
> of AfriNIC's activities. This serious misunderstanding of what  
> AfriNIC is
> exactly and its role in the community injected by a person claiming  
> to be the
> defender of Africa, has unfortunately denied Ethiopia a chance to  
> host this
> important African technical community meeting. Indeed, AfriNIC which  
> mission
> is, amongst other to "to support Internet technology usage and  
> development,
> and promoting Internet governance" in Africa welcomes the  
> opportunity to have
> a domain (dotAfrica) that will identify the African landscape on the  
> Internet.
> AfriNIC will probably support any Open, transparent and bottom up  
> initiative
> to have a dotAfrica domain for the region but will never run or  
> participate
> in doing any business related to that domain names or any other.
> AfriNIC remains a service to the community and strongly disagree  
> with personal
> interests and political pressures on its bottom up processes.  
> AfriNIC developed
> its legitimacy from the community and will remain a community driven
> organisation
> as are the four other Regional Numbers Registries. We have already  
> run our
> Public Policy meeting in eight  other countries without any issues.  
> Our main
> objective has always been to raise awareness among the local  
> community of  the
> country we are visiting and involve them more into the process.
> AfriNIC remains open to all of us.
> Let's keep focused on our numerous objectives and challenges in an  
> open
> transparent with a systematic multi-stakeholder approach.
> The whole story is now released by the local press and available at:
> http://www.ethiopianreporter.com/content/view/3048/54/. A very quick  
> English
> translation is also attached.
> Kind Regards.
> ______________________________________________________________________
> Adiel A. Akplogan                            Tel. +230 466 66 16
> Chief Executive Officer, AfriNIC            Fax: +230 466 67 58
> adiel at afrinic.net - www.afrinic.net          sip: adiel at voip.afrinic.net
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