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[rpd] Fwd: update on policy Afrinic service Guide Lines policy proposal

Sunday Folayan sfolayan at
Fri Nov 21 09:38:13 UTC 2014

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Hi Karmann,

Kindly consider as you make your proposal, articles 11.4 and 11.5 of
the AfriNIC by-laws.

11.4 Notwithstanding the provisions of Article 11.2 the Board may
adopt such policies regarding the management of internet number
resources where it considers that the same is necessary and urgent,
having regard to the proper and responsible usage of these resources.

11.5 Any policy adopted by the Board under the provisions of Article
11.4 shall be submitted to the community for endorsement at the next
public policy meeting.

Can your proposal oust the provisions of the by-laws?

Shouldn't you be proposing the change in the by-laws?

Is there a confusion here, as to roles and responsibilities?

Just thinking aloud.


On 21/11/2014 07:43, Karmann Olumomo wrote:
> Hi Andrew:
> I am saying "resource allocation process", not policy development 
> process.
> resource allocation process is an internal process of Afrinic 
> hostmaster team.
> On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 2:23 PM, Andrew Alston < 
> Andrew.Alston at> wrote:
>> Hi Karmann,
>> (Speaking personally and not with my board hat on).
>> I strongly object to the clause that says board members can have 
>> no involvement in the policy development process.
>> Keep in mind, every board member is elected from within the 
>> community. That means that many board members also have their
>> own job functions which relate to IP addressing within their 
>> respective organisations.  I agree that a board member who is 
>> also involved in the PdP should NOT necessarily be doing it with 
>> their board hat on, but you cannot exclude the individuals 
>> themselves from the process.  To do so would be to ensure that 
>> any person who is active in policy can never run for board, else 
>> they risk being alienated from the policy process.  This would 
>> damage not only the PdP but also the potential to get quality 
>> board members who have a good understanding of policy and the 
>> process by which it is formulated.
>> Hence, I will not support any policy that states that.
>> *Andrew Alston* Group Head of IP Strategy
>> Sameer business Park, Block A, Mombasa Road. Nairobi, Kenya
>> *T:* +254 205000000 -  *M*: +254 733 2222 04 - *E:* 
>> andrew.alston at
>> From: Karmann Olumomo <karmann.olumomo at> Date: Friday, 
>> November 21, 2014 at 8:10 AM To: "rpd at" 
>> <rpd at> Subject: [rpd] Fwd: update on policy Afrinic 
>> service Guide Lines policy proposal
>> HI
>> After taking the community feed back, I'd like to update my 
>> proposal to the following:
>> 1) Summary of the Problem Being Addressed by this Policy
>> Proposal Some member are experiencing extreme long wait for
>> their additional allocation request to get passed, some members
>> are experiencing none technical information requested from 
>> Afrinic(customer data, marketing channel etc), in order to 
>> improve overall service quality of Afrinic, here is the policy. 
>> 2) Summary of How this Proposal Addresses the Problem To improve 
>> overall service quality and transparency of Afrinic’s number 
>> resource services by documenting roles and responsibilities of 
>> AFRINIC.  3) Proposal
>> 1.Afrinic should make decision on subsequent allocation requests 
>> based on Afrinic   policy, and conclude a request no longer than 
>> the 20% of the total period AFRNIC approves the resources for. 
>> (E.g. If Afrinic is issuing resources to its member to meet its 
>> 12 months needs, the longest waiting time for Afrinic allocation 
>> process should not be longer than 20%*12month, to cope with 80% 
>> utilization requirement for additional allocation). If Afrinic 
>> was not able to make decision on a certain request within this 
>> period, for each additional month beyond this period, the 
>> requesting member should receive percentage of the requested 
>> period of the total request until such decision has been made,
>> in order to protect member from smooth running of its business.
>> 2.Afrinic should publish standardized base information request 
>> for each typical type of resource allocation.
>> 3.Afrinic should not store, request any marketing or business 
>> related none-technical information from its member, for example, 
>> customer data, marketing channel, and marketing budget.
>> 4.Afrinic allocations should be solely made based on current 
>> policy, no other factor other than policy should infer with 
>> afrinic’s decision on processing allocation requests.
>> 5.Afrinic board should never being involved in any form of 
>> resource allocation process.
>> 6.For the interest of overall policy development process, other 
>> RIR staff as well as it's governing body personnel(advisor or 
>> board member, for example) should not be involve in Afrinic 
>> policy development process.
>> 7.Afrinic policy working group chair election should be conducted
>> independent from Afrinic board nomination committee, candidates
>> should be free of any requirement.
>> The main updated point is point 5:
>> 5.Afrinic board should never being involved in any form of 
>> resource allocation process.
>> Thanks very much and please update the proposal accordingly.
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