[Community-Discuss] The Governance Committee: Way forward

Jean Robert Hountomey jrhountomey at gmail.com
Sat Dec 5 16:10:38 UTC 2015

Thank you Janvier. While I share your views I would like to add few comments.

5. Membership.

AfriNIC has a Council of Elders (1). The bylaws states: " Their advisory role is commensurate with their experience 
leading the organization as former Chairs." I wonder why we cannot give that role to members of the CE. Don't we trust them?

Second, this doesn't require additional elections, doesn't require a bylaws change and doesn't require significant expense. 

Third, I do think that a Governance Committee should be vested with the powers to oppose a decision made by the Board. If they can't then why
create another organization to give advice to the Board ? Isn't the advice provided by the CE at this time efficient?

(1). http://www.afrinic.net/en/about-us/our-structure/council-of-elders


Jean Robert

On 12/4/15 7:43 AM, jnoulaye at yahoo.fr wrote:
> Dear Afrinic Members,
> The Governance Committee charter is a wonderful document we have now. 
> After the discussion in face to face on it yesterday  I understood
> that the board will continue  receiving comments, and will come out
> with the consolidated document during the next AGMM. 
> Below are my few comments.
> a) My feeling is that the constitution of the GC is too large. I
> expected  a committee of maximum  of 3 people, since the role of that
> Committee is only  to provide ADVICES when it is needed to the Board
> of  Directors.
> b) My take is that AFRINIC is still a very small organization to have
> a GC of 11 members.
> c) I suggest that when the charter will be consolidated by the Board,
> we just keep it and re-reactive it when the need will be. If you agree
> with me,  we add the following as article 11 into the current draft.
> ------
> 11 - Starting of the  Governance Committee.
> The Governance Committee will start acting when the need will be, by
> an ordinary resolution of AFRINIC Membership at the Annual General
> Member's Meeting requesting the board to take such action.
> ------
> Best wishes to All.
> Janvier Ngnoulaye
> Afrinic Member
> Academia - Yaounde Cameroon
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