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[rpd] Policy Liaison Team and Secretariat

Eddy Kayihura eddy at
Wed Mar 31 12:41:35 UTC 2021

Dear PDWG,

We are in an unprecedented situation. AFRINIC, in its role as secretariat to
the PDWG, is committed to finding the best possible way to assist the PDWG
in getting back on track the soonest.

In an attempt to bring additional support to the Working Group, AFRINIC has
decided to increase the support provided to the PDWG by appointing a Policy
Liaison Team, which will now be composed of both:
- Mrs. Madhvi Gokool (Senior IP Resource Specialist),
- Mr. Brice Abba (Community Development Manager).

This arrangement will ensure resiliency and reinforce AFRINIC's capacity to
handle the support that the PDWG and PDP require.

This team will also be working on activities focused on building an informed
community in the matters of the AFRINIC Policy Development Process.

The PDWG can expect the following from AFRINIC in its role as secretariat:

i) AFRINIC will continue to act as a facilitator and share the amended list
of criteria based on the latest inputs;

ii) Once the eligibility criteria are approved, AFRINIC will open the call
for Interest for the appointment of the replacing PDWG Co-Chairs;

iii) AFRINIC will contact NOMCOM2021 and seek their support in the
evaluation of the nominees.

The new timelines for the above will be shared shortly later today.

We have also noted the Working Group's requests for including new entrants
in the PDWG as co-chair aspirants.

The Policy Liaison Team will thus craft an onboarding program for newcomers,
so please watch this space.

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

It is expected that within such a diverse community, we have a divergence of
opinions, and I urge you to stay compliant with the Code of Conduct even in
the absence of Co-Chairs.

We all, volunteers and staff alike, need a safe environment as we invest our
time and efforts towards building smooth and conducive interactions.

We have noticed a few deviations and would appreciate that we stay calm and
focused towards our common goal.

We look forward to your continued contribution and collaboration.

Kind regards,

Eddy Kayihura

Chief Executive Officer

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