[Community-Discuss] AFRINIC Board meets the ICANN Board

Badru Ntege badru.ntege at nftconsult.com
Tue Jun 27 02:51:53 UTC 2017


Thanks for the update. I note that the takeaways are very similar to requests that have been coming from the community over the last few years.  In particular I note your item 3 which I urge the board makes a priority. 

We the community and members (a subset of the community) wait in anticipation as you guide the board back to these values.


Badru Ntege

> On 26 Jun 2017, at 11:52 pm, Sunday Folayan <sfolayan at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Community,
> I bring you greetings from the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesbourg.
> This afternoon, I was privileged to lead the AfriNIC board members to meet with the ICANN Board, led by Steve Crocker at the ongoing ICANN meeting. The meeting centered on the efforts of the AfriNIC Board at learning best practices, with a view to improving our processes and accountability to the community.
> The Agenda of the meeting specifically was:
> 1. Limits of Board Transparency and Board Confidentiality
> 2. Management of open Board Meetings.
> The interaction was open, engaging and interesting. I note in no particular order, the takeaways from the meeting as:
> 1. ICANN membership is different from AFRINIC membership
> 2. The multi-stakeholder model works
> 3. Trust must be built. It does not just come
> 4. It is important to engage in a structured way
> 5. Accountability is key
> 6. Resources are needed to stay ahead of the curve
> 7. AFRINIC has made good progress since inception and there is room for improvement
> This engagement is following on the heels of us also meeting the APNIC Board at the recently concluded AIS'17 meeting in Nairobi.
> The Board is committed to ensuring that the organization is responsive and accountable, and we do request the cooperation of the community as we seek ways to improve the Board/membership/Community interactions. We seek your continued support in this regard.
> Our appreciation to Pierre Dandjinou, Khaled Koubaa and Mike Silber for their respective roles in the engaging meeting.
> Best Regards,
> Sunday Folayan
> Chair, AFRINIC Board
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