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[AFRINIC-rpd] Fwd: [AFRINIC-announce] AFRINIC Response to Government Calls for an Arab RIR

McTim dogwallah at
Tue Feb 26 13:12:32 UTC 2013

Dear all,

I would urge you to all read ICP-2, the link that is included in this mail.

The key phrase in the document (to me at least) is:

"The proposed RIR must operate internationally in a large geographical
region of approximately continental size."

Does the MENA region meet this criteria?

There are of course other criteria to be met, but this one is crucial to my


"A name indicates what we seek. An address indicates where it is. A route
indicates how we get there."  Jon Postel

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Babusha Radhakissoon <babusha at>
Date: Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 7:54 AM
Subject: [AFRINIC-announce] AFRINIC Response to Government Calls for an
Arab RIR
To: announce at

 Over the past weeks and following on from talks at last year's ITU WTSA
and WCIT events, both AFRINIC and the RIPE NCC have been asked to
participate in discussions concerning the possibility of establishing a new
Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for the Arabic-speaking community.****

** **

In the spirit of open community discussion both AFRINIC and the RIPE NCC
felt that it was essential that we bring this to the attention of our
members and community.****

** **

It is imperative to note that these discussions have not in any way been
instigated by the management or staff of either AFRINIC or the RIPE NCC.
The matter has been raised and promoted by representatives of certain
governments in the Arab community.****

** **

AFRINIC is proud to serve the needs of its members in Arab speaking states,
in Northern Africa and believes that the existing system can meet the needs
of a growing membership from the region. Through its structure AFRINIC also
allows the region to be well represented in its governing Board and has
held several members meeting in the region since its creation in 2005.****

** **

As you are all aware, an RIR provides a range of services, including
managing its service region’s Internet number resources (IPv4, IPv6 and
ASNs), maintaining proper records of all registry activities in a publicly
accessible database (whois), as well as capacity building and training on
use of these resources. RIRs also provide general support for regional
Internet Infrastructure, and facilitate community discussion and engagement.
** **AFRINIC has played a vital role in unifying the policies that govern
the entire Africa/Indian Ocean region and by lowering the entry barrier for
all African operators to obtain their own Internet Number Resources has
enabled smaller operators in the region to grow and develop.****

** **

AFRINIC has also contributed to forums including the African Network
Operators Group (AFNOG), the African Top Level Domain Association (AFTLD)
as well as the Arab, North African and African Internet Governance Forums.
Through our involvement with these groups, we have supported the growth of
the local industry and the development of an active professional community
within the region.  For example, AFRINIC’s first IPv6 training forum took
place in Sudan and since then we have had thirteen (13) workshops in North
Africa, a sub region that has 2 representatives elected on AFRINIC’s board.
AFRINIC also has part of its Disaster Recovery based in Egypt.****

** **

We have been particularly excited to contribute to the development of
forums including the Middle East Network Operators Group (MENOG) and the
newly Middle East Peering Forum where most northern African countries
participate. Through our involvement with these groups, we have supported
the growth of the local industry and the development of an active
professional community within the region.****

** **

RIRs are community-governed organisations. If the multi-stakeholder
Internet community in the Arab community feels that there is a need to
establish a new RIR both AFRINIC and RIPE will be happy to support this
development appropriately. There are steps, via the open, bottom-up policy
development process, to facilitate this. ICP-2, "Criteria for Establishment
of New Regional Internet Registries", is a global policy, approved through
consensus by the communities from all the existing RIRs, which sets out
this process: *******

** **

This, like all RIR policies, was the result of a “bottom-up" policy
development, based on the premise that those who use Internet number
resources and have a stake in the Internet, including actors from civil
society, business, the technical community, government and law enforcement
agencies (LEAs), should take the lead in developing policies relating to
the management of those resources.


"Top-down" policies developed without the participation of those who
operate the Internet carry the risk of significant unintended consequences
for the Internet and its users. ****

** **

It is vital that the Internet technical community has a voice in deciding
such an important issue. We encourage community members to raise any
questions or issues on the AFRINIC mailing lists, or to email AFRINIC
directly by replying to this email. We are also happy to assist anyone
wishing to raise this issue at upcoming events such as MENOG 12 (5-14
March), the AFRINIC mini IG event in Tunisia in April or the AFRINIC
meeting in Lusaka 9-21 June 2013. ****


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