[AfrICANN-discuss] Fwd: [Afpif] African Peering and Interconnection Forum to be held 8 – 9 August in Accra, Ghana

Michuki Mwangi mwangi at isoc.org
Wed Apr 27 19:09:09 SAST 2011

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Regional Interconnection to be Key Focus for Second Annual AfPIF Conference

African Peering and Interconnection Forum to be held 8 – 9 August in
Accra, Ghana

Internet Society, the world’s trusted source of Internet leadership,
today announced details of the second African Peering and
Interconnection Forum which will take place in Accra, Ghana on 8th and
9th August 2011. The Ghanaian National Information Technolgy Agency
(NITA) will host the event.

Commenting on the event, Michuki Mwangi Senior Manager for Access and
Development at the Internet Society said: “Currently only 30 percent of
West African countries have national Internet Exchange Points, a low
percentage compared to East and Southern Africa. We hope that this event
will serve as a platform to examine the related issues and to identify
strategies to remove the barriers to implementation.”

This event will address the key Interconnection opportunities and
challenges in the Africa and provide participants with insights into
maximising regional opportunities. Its theme: “Regional Interconnection:
Outlining the business case”, aims to foster a robust discussion on
cross-border interconnection approaches, economics and challenges.

As a multi-stakeholder forum, the event will bring together a range key
players such as; infrastructure providers, Service Providers, IXPs and
regulators and will aim to build on the success of the inaugural AfPIF
event held in Nairobi, Kenya in August 2010.

This second AfPIF Conference is conceived as a non-profit event. The
Internet Society welcomes additional international and regional
sponsorship and support to help convene the AfPIF-2 event. For more
information on sponsorship opportunities please contact the Internet
Society at sponsorship at isoc.org.

For more information about the event or to register, please visit:

About the Internet Society
The Internet Society, the world’s trusted source of Internet leadership,
is a non-profit organization founded in 1992 to provide leadership in
Internet related standards, education, and policy. With offices in
Washington, D.C., and Geneva, Switzerland, it is dedicated to ensuring
the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit
of people throughout the world. More information is available at:

About NITA
NITA is a public service institution established in 2008 as the
Information Communication Technology (ICT) policy implementing arm of
the Ministry of Communications and the agencies responsible for
implementing Ghana’s IT policies. It also ensures the sustainable growth
of ICT via research and development planning and technology acquisition
strategies to facilitate Ghana’s prospect of becoming a
technology-driven, knowledge-and value-based economy. More information
is available at: http://www.nita.gov.gh

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