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Ant Brooks ant at
Fri Sep 24 05:19:50 UTC 2021

On 2021-09-24 06:30, Ronald F. Guilmette wrote:

> I think that it might be of some value for someone to dig into the archives

> and find any and all documents that might serve to shed light on this

> simple but so far somewhat elusive question: Why exactly was AFRINIC

> created in the first place?

This document was adopted at a conference in Cotonou in December 1998
and could probably be characterized as the seed from which AFRINIC grew:

It set out the following guiding principles for AFRINIC's formation:

An African regional IP address registry should operate as a neutral,
transparent, impartial, non-profit organisation, and should act in the
long term best interests of the entire community which it serves,
managing scarce resources such as IP address space in the public trust.
In particular, it will not sell address space, but will transparently
manage it according to widely supported guidelines.

In order to make good decisions about the long term best interests of
its community, and to ensure that its policies are adapted in a timely
manner to meet changing circumstances, an African regional registry
should liaise with the IANA or the ICANN Address Supporting
Organization, with other regional registries, and with any other
entities that may from time to time be appropriate.

The management of the IP address space should be under the control and
administration of those that depend upon it. Those that depend upon IP
address space are end users such as ISPs, corporate entities,
universities and individuals.

A non-profit organisation, acting as a regional registry serving the
African region, is an appropriate vehicle to allow end users to exercise
their control over allocation of IP address space in the African region.

Warm regards,
Ant Brooks

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