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Sylvain Baya abscoco at
Tue Sep 28 10:07:16 UTC 2021

Dear PDWG,

Hope this email finds you in good health!

Please see my comments below, inline...

Le vendredi 24 septembre 2021, Ronald F. Guilmette <rfg at>
a écrit :

> In message <CAEHShq_Kud9YgaLYg-dEsfYysS7BrhLzLZKrMJNb6f_
> sirSvLA at>
> Fernando Frediani <fhfrediani at> wrote:
> >Imagine how much IP resources would have been sent away from Africa if
> this
> >was already in place. And for what ? To fill someone's pocket with money
> >without any interest on African Internet Development.
> 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?
Hi Ronald,

Thanks for this good question, brother!

> I do suspect that one of the major motivations was to insure that Africans
> would not be deprived of the number resources necessary to insure the
> further
> development of the Internet in Africa,

...this is obvious, due to the very decentralised
nature of the INRS [1]. You know the meaning of
*regional* :'-( you may also want to look at some
obsoleted, but still instructive RFC [2].
[1]: Internet Numbers Registry System, August 2013

> but I don't know that for a fact
> because I have not seen the original justification documents for the
> creation
> of AFRINIC.  But I, for one, would certainly like to see those documents.
> should look at this [3] source, brother!
[3]: <>

> I doubt that I personally will have time to ferret out these original and
> very relevant documents in the near future,

...the proposal to create a RIR for Africa was published in 1997. It's
since archived here [4].
[4]: <

> but perhaps some other
> enterprising historian will invest the time needed to seek out the
> documents and then share those with all of us.
Not coming from an historian, though...


3.  Objectives

The proposed objectives of AfriNIC are:

    a. to provide the service of allocating and registering Internet
       resources for the purpose of enabling communications via open
       system network protocols and to assist in the development and
       growth of the Internet in the African region;

    b. to assist the African community in the development of procedures,
       mechanisms, and standards to efficiently allocate Internet
       resources as a service to the community as a whole;

    c. to provide educational opportunities to further Members'
       technical and policy understanding of the industry;

    d. to develop public policies and public positions in the best
       interest of the Members and to seek legislative and regulatory
       consideration of issues of general benefit to the Members, where
       and when appropriate;


Hope this helps!


> Regards,
> rfg
> _______________________________________________
> [...]


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