[Community-Discuss] [afnog] AIS 2020 - POSTPONEMENT
JORDI PALET MARTINEZ
jordi.palet at consulintel.es
Wed Mar 18 18:14:58 UTC 2020
Hi Nancy, all,
If I understand correctly, it means also the AFRINIC meeting part will not take place.
Some of us book the flights quite early, from our own pockets, and to make them cheap they are non-refundable.
Due to the circumstances of the Covid19, the airlines are offering free changes but only if the destination country is blocking the participants or not allowing meetings, which at the moment don’t seems to be the case, and in some cases ONLY changes, not refunding.
Furthermore, if they allow ONLY changes, we need to indicate the dates for the change and must be in the next 12 months, typically.
So, it is EXTREMELY URGENT to either, cancel the meeting, or announce immediately the new dates (and the city if is not the same).
Otherwise we will be in a situation of not only wasting our time but also our money.
I will suggest, as other RIRs and the IETF has done, to definitively cancel the meeting, due to the uncertainty of the situation and doing it online.
Changing the dates not only means possible conflicts with other events, but also that people that must participate in certain sessions (example Policy meeting), not being able to be there even remotely.
El 18/3/20 16:58, "afnog en nombre de nancy dotse" <afnog-bounces at afnog.org en nombre de nancy at ghana.com> escribió:
On 16 March 2020, AfNOG, AFRINIC and the Local Host (ISPA-DRC) had another meeting to re-assess the Corona Virus pandemic as well as logistic issues.
Unfortunately we concluded that a change of plans was mandatory to safeguard the health of our members, community and staff.
Thus, we agreed that it is best to postpone the AIS 2020 Workshop & Conference to a later date. We will continue to monitor the situation and adopt precautionary measures to ensure everyone’s well-being.
Further, we will communicate decisions taken in consultation with all stakeholders, and will advise on new AIS 2020 dates and
the way forward in due course.
Please stay safe.
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