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[AfriNIC-rpd] Handover to new PDWG co-chairs

Walubengo J jwalu at
Sat Jun 18 16:26:31 UTC 2011

Nii, Mark,

the reason LIR are "Associate" members while Board members are "Full" members was simply to get around the Mauritian laws.  

Incidentally, the powers of both Full and Associates are technically the same but according the Mauritian laws if LIR were to be full-members, they would explode the number of "directors of the company" to point where the company became a company limited (read commercial) rather than a "non-profit" (read NGO) setup that we currently are.

To get around this, only the 6 primary directors are registered as "the Directors" for Afrinic, which then allows afrinic to enjoy the benefits of an non-profit organisation (e.g. tax rebates,etc).

nb: am sure legal (Ashok) can expound on this or Alan B (regarded as one of the key contributers of the Afrinic constitution)

--- On Sat, 6/18/11, Mark Elkins <mje at> wrote:

From: Mark Elkins <mje at>
Subject: Re: [AfriNIC-rpd] Handover to new PDWG co-chairs
To: "nii quaynor" <quaynor at>
Cc: "rpd" <rpd at>
Date: Saturday, June 18, 2011, 4:13 PM

On Sat, 2011-06-18 at 12:27 +0000, nii quaynor wrote:
> On Jun 16, 2011, at 3:57 PM, Mark Elkins wrote:
> > 
> > Board members are simply (full) members of the Company.
> > Those who have resources from AfriNIC are also (associate) Members.
> > Members can vote, provide policy - etc - just like the share holders of
> > a 'normal' company.
> > Staff at a 'normal' company don't usually have that type of privilege
> > unless they are shareholders.
> > 
> Why are the LIRs associate. 

Interesting question.

> What has happened to community oversight for major decisions including
> approving reports if the real members have become associates. Who would
> have the last word on oversight of AfriNIC if the resource users are
> the associates.

Ask the original (founding) AfriNIC Board members. I'd assume from a
historical basis that they were intrinsically involved in the Founding
Documentation, Structure of the Company, Bylaws - etc.

> Is this what other RIRs do?

> I dont get it
> Nii

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