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[rpd] An update from the PDWG Co-Chairs in Preparation of the Upcoming AFRINIC-34

Tue Nov 16 10:27:25 UTC 2021

Hi Chairs,


With all the respect, I think this is wrong and will be illegal in the scope of the PDP.


I may understand that you have difficulties to follow the email exchange right before and during the meeting, and I’m convinced that you’re doing so in good faith, but the staff should be able to help you following up all he discussions and then you must consider all the when deciding about consensus, together with the PPM discussion.


What happens if I any author don’t have time this morning to respond to any questions about my proposals? Or what happen if someone is not reading yesterday the list and is too busy to follow your email and he has already allocated some of his personal time to read the proposals this afternoon and because other obligations will not able to participate in the meeting?


Those are just a few examples, of how discriminatory will be to not allow them to actively participate in the discussion.


Of course, unless I’m missing something in the PDP that allows you to take this decision. If that’s the case, could you point to that?


Now, as I said at the beginning, I fully understand the problem of reading emails in the last minute, and this is precisely why, as we did in LACNIC, the PDP Update proposal provides up 2 weeks after the meeting for you to decide on the consensus. It is ridiculous to ask the chairs, for a 5 minutes decision during the meeting and also means wasting 5 minutes during the presentation time of each proposal, which by the way even if it has been the practice in AFRINIC PPMs is not what the 3.4.2 is saying “The Chair(s) determine(s) whether rough consensus has been achieved during the Public Policy Meeting.”.








El 15/11/21 17:24, "PDWG Chair" <vincent at> escribió:


Dear PDWG,


We have taken note that discussions on the policy proposals are still happening on the rpd mailing list.  We wish to inform you that as we are finalising the summaries of the discussions on the list in preparation of the upcoming PPM 17-18 Nov 2021, we will only take into consideration discussions on the list up to 12h00 UTC on 16 Nov 2021.

Those who still want to contribute may do so during the Public Policy Meeting.


We thank you in advance for your understanding.


Vincent Ngundi & Darwin Da Costa


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