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[rpd] Proposal Update received: Internet Number Resources Review by AFRINIC

Dewole Ajao dewole at
Sat Jun 8 18:24:58 UTC 2019

Dear PDWG members,

This is to inform you that authors of the policy proposal named "Internet Number Resources Review by AFRINIC" have submitted an updated version (Draft version 8) as included below. The URL will be shared once published online.

Please take some time to go through the proposal contents and provide your feedback.

Thank you.
PDWG Co-Chairs


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     Name : Internet Number Resources Review by AFRINIC (Draft 8)
     Ref. Name: AFPUB-2016-GEN-001-DRAFT08
     Status: Under Discussion
     Date: 7 June 2019

         (a) Amelina A. A. Arnaud | <arnaud.amelina at 
<mailto:arnaud.amelina at>> | AUF/TogoRER
         (b) Jean-Baptiste Millogo |<jean.millogo at 
<mailto:jean.millogo at>>| Orange Burkina
         (c) Marcus ADOMEY  <madomey at 
<mailto:madomey at>>  | University of Ghana

13.0 Summary of the Problem Being Addressed by this Policy Proposal

As Internet Number resources are finite, their allocation is based on 
the operational needs of end-users and Internet Services Providers, 
while avoiding stockpiling in accordance with RFC7020, IPv4 Allocation 
Policy CPM 5.5, IPv6 Allocation and assignment policy CPM 6.5 and Policy 
for Autonomous System Numbers (ASN) Management in the AFRINIC region CPM 
7.0.Section 4 of the Registration Service Agreement (RSA) provides the 
framework for investigations of the usage of allocated Internet Number 
resources, defines members’ obligation to cooperate and the measures to 
be taken by AFRINIC in case of failure to comply. The lack of such 
investigation or regular control can lead to inefficient usage of the 
Internet Number resources, to stockpiling and other type of abuses.

13.0.1 Summary of How this Proposal Addresses the Problem

In order to ensure efficient and appropriate use of resources, AFRINIC 
shall conduct regular reviews of resource utilisation held by its 
members. This would allow recovery of any type of resource, where usage 
is not in compliance with the RSA. Those resources can be reallocated 
for better usage.

13.0.2 Proposal

The policy proposal will modify the CPM as follows:

Insert a section 13 to the CPM as follows:

13.0 Internet Number Resources Review

Regular reviews of resource utilisation are conducted by AFRINIC to 
ensure efficient and appropriate usage of resources. This allows for 
recovery of any type of resource where usage is not in compliance with 
the RSA; to allow such resources to be reallocated for better usage.

13.1 The reviews shall be based on compliance with the terms outlined in 
the RSA and Allocation/Assignment Policies.

13.2 The reviews cover all allocated/Assigned resources, but priority 
goes to IPv4 and ASN mappable to two-octet ASN.

13.3 Classes of review: Members to be reviewed shall be selected 
according to the following classes:

13.3.1 Random

The member is chosen by AFRINIC at random between the members who has 
not been reviewed for any other reasons in  the preceding 24 months.

13.3.2 Selected

  Member is selected because of an internal report or due to a lack of 
contact between the AFRINIC and the member.

13.3.3 Reported:

Here, members are reviewed either because:

A) They have requested the review themselves or

B) There has been a community complaint made against them that warrants 
investigation. Complaints shall be backed by evidence and AFRINIC staff 
shall evaluate the facts as appropriate to conduct the review. However 
this review is not applicable to a member  with the same resources 
portfolio on which a full review has been completed in the preceding 24 

  AFRINIC staff may, at its sole discretion, after having assessed the 
nature of the evidence found in the community complaint, require that 
such evidence be (i) submitted in the form of a sworn affidavit or (ii) 
declared to be true before a Commissioner of Oath.

13.4 In case of non-compliance and if evidence has been established in 
accordance with:

•    Breach of AFRINIC policies
•    Breach of the provisions of the registration service agreement or 
other legal agreements between the organisation holding the resource and 

AFRNIC shall initiate the resource recovery process on the portion of 
addresses found to be noncompliant.

A) AFRINIC shall attempt to contact the organisation and correct any 
discrepancy towards the RSA. Except in cases of fraudulent resource 
acquisition or  unlawful usage and abuse, the organization shall be 
given a minimum of six(6) months to effect the return of the resources.

If the organisation is cooperative and working in good faith to 
substantially restore compliance or has a valid need for additional time 
to renumber out of the affected blocks, AFRINIC shall negotiate a longer 

The acceptance level of compliance and duration of the longer term are 
at AFRINIC staff discretion.

B) If the situation cannot be rectified and the member did not transfer 
the resources to meet other AFRINIC-approved needs as per adopted policies

  AFRINIC shall publish the resources to be recovered for a period of 
three (3) months; during which the organisation may at any time, seek 
compliance or transfer the resources to other members

  After this period, the resource shall be recovered and therefore the 
records of the previous holder of the recovered resource shall be 
updated in AFRINIC’s databases.

C)  Any Internet Number Resources recovered under this policy may be 
assigned/allocated under existing Allocation and Assignment Policies.

13.5 Appeal procedure

Reviewed members who are not satisfied have the right to appeal against 
the results on the review within the four weeks following communication 
of the results by AFRINIC. Appeals shall follow an arbitration process 
as provided for in the
Code de Procedure Civile (Code of Civil Procedure) of the Republic of 
Mauritius. AFRINIC may, on request from an aggrieved party, suggest a 
pool of arbitrators who shall be knowledgeable volunteers from the 

13.6 Compliance Report

AFRINIC shall publish an annual meaningful report describing review 
activities, in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

13.7 Acknowledgements

The authors thank Ms Wafa Dahmani Zaafouri (become Afrinic GC Chair), Mr 
Serge ILUNGA (become Afrinic Board member)  and Mr Alain P. Aina for 
their  contributions  in the development of this Policy proposal.

The authors also thank the community for the discussions and contributions.

4.0 Revision History

18 May 2016
   Version 1.0
- First Draft AFPUB-2016-GEN-001-DRAFT01
- Posted on RPD list

05 Aug 2016
   Version 2.0
- Second Draft AFPUB-2016-GEN-001-DRAFT02
- Change on the policy’s name
- Addition of the Acknowledgement section
- Rephrasing of section 3.3.3

18 Nov 2016
Version 3.0
- Third Draft AFPUB-2016-GEN-001-DRAFT03
- Update of section 3.3.3 from discussions on mailing list
- Update of section 3.7 (Acknowledgements) to thank the community for 
discussions and contributions

11 Apr 2017
Version 4.0
- Fourth Draft AFPUB-2016-GEN-001-DRAFT04
- Update and Rephrasing of section 3.4
- Update and Rephrasing of section 3.5
- Update and Rephrasing of section 3.6

21 Oct. 2107
Version 5.0
- Fifth Draft AFPUB-2016-GEN-001-DRAFT05
- Adding the paragraph C to 13.3.3. according to the legal counsel 
- Rephrasing the paragraph 13.5 to comply with staff and legal assessment
- Rephrasing the paragraph 13.6 to comply with staff assessment and 
avoid any ambiguity
- Changing the co-authors list
- Updating the Acknowledgement session
- Amending 13.4 (B) to  reflect the Transfer policies

06 Apr. 2018
Version 6.0
- Sixth Draft AFPUB-2016-GEN-001-DRAFT06
- Removing categorisation between membership in random class section 13.3.1

06 Apr. 2019
Version 07
- Seventh Draft AFPUB-2016-GEN-001-DRAFT07
- Modifying section 13.4 Paragraph A) to clarify the resources recovery 
process: set conditions  under which a member could be given longer term 
  to effect the return of  affected resources.

29 may. 2019
Version 08
-  Eighth Draft AFPUB-2016-GEN-001-DRAFT08
-  Section 13.3.1 changes to  : "..The member is chosen by AFRINIC at 
random between the members who has not been reviewed for any other 
reasons in  the preceding 24 months."
-  Section  13.4  last paragraph changes to : "AFRINIC shall initiate 
... on the portion of addresses found to be noncompliant."
-   Section 13.5 changes to  “Reviewed members who are not satisfied 
have the right to appeal against the results on the review within the 
four weeks following communication of the results by AFRINIC……..”
-  Typos and grammatical errors fixed.

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