[AfrICANN-discuss] Successful AfriNIC-10 Public Policy Meeting in Cairo, Egypt, May 2009

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Fri Jun 5 14:52:18 SAST 2009

For Immediate Release
05 June 2009

A Successful  AfriNIC-10 Public Policy Meeting in Cairo, Egypt, May 2009

AfriNIC-10 Public Policy Meeting which was held jointly with AfNOG’s 10th
Anniversary meeting, from 10 - 21 May 2009 at the InterContinental Cairo,
Hotel, Egypt and attended by some 150 delegates, proved to be a great
success! It was
hosted by the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) of
Egypt and
Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of Egypt (MCIT), and
by Internet Society (ISOC), Cisco Systems Inc. (CISCO) and Google.

The event was opened by a Keynote Address from Mr. Mahmoud El Gowini,
Advisor to
Honourable Dr. Tarek Kamel, Minister of Communications and Information
Technology and
was comprised of training workshops; presentations on the latest Internet
trends referenced by interesting case studies; overviews and updates from
AfriNIC and
the other Regional Internet Registries (RIRs); Policy Discussions; AfriNIC
Elections; and, closed with a social dinner at the Smart Village which was
also hosted
by the MCIT where the delegates were privileged by the presence and speech
from the
Honourable Dr. Tarek Kamel.

One major outcome of the meeting was the approval of the Global Policy
Proposal for
the Allocation of IPv4 Blocks to Regional Internet Registries (RIRs). In
line with the
AfriNIC Policy Development Process (PDP), the policy proposal is now in the
last call for comments period. However, the IPv4 Soft Landing and the IPv6
to Non-Profit Networks policies did not reach consensus during the meeting
and were
therefore sent back to the RPD mailing list for further discussion. More
on the policy proposals can be found at:
v4gb200903.htm and to learn more about the AfriNIC PDP, please visit

Delegates also had the opportunity to participate in IPv6/LIR workshops and
presentations from Industry leaders on subjects including the Legal Aspects
of IPv6;
Egypt IPv6 Task Force; Economics and Technical aspects of Internet Exchange
(IXPs); updates from ICANN and IANA, discussions on the importance of
participating in
the policy development process; and, updates on the Internet Governance
Forum (IGF)
2009, which we are proud to say will be held in the African Region in Sharm
El Sheikh,
Egypt, 15-18 Nov 2009.

AfriNIC Board Elections also took place on 21 May 2009 and the candidates
elected to
AfriNIC Board are: Southern African Region: Mark J. Elkins (of South Africa):
Silvio Almada (of Angola): Alternate; (2) Eastern African Region: John
Walubengo (of
Kenya): Primary, Lillian Wambui Karanja (of Kenya): Alternate. The term of
the newly
elected Board members start on 01 July 2009 and for a three-year period.

AfriNIC Public Policy meetings are open to anyone and are particularly
relevant to
members, ISPs, the Internet community, academia, governments and regulators.

Participation in these meetings will give you tremendous opportunities to
upgrade your
business, increase your knowledge on Internet related issues, make valuable
for building business relationships, and to have your say in policies that
future development of the Internet in your region.  We are pleased to
announce that
the AfriNIC 11th Public Policy meeting will be held in Dakar, Senegal from 28th
Nov to
4th Dec. 2009 and would like to extend a warm invitation to the community to
and participate.  Please visit our website for additional information.

Press Release also attached in PDF format.

Lillian Sharpley
Communications Area Manager
press at afrinic.net
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