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Great News; AfriNIC 5th RIR
by eric
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Dear All,

A few moments ago, the ICANN Board approved a motion officially recognising AfriNIC as the 5th Regional Internet Registry at it 22nd international public meeting and the fourth to be held in Latin America. These meetings constitute an essential part of ICANN's global consensus-development and outreach efforts .

Excellent News! Africa can now stand up and be counted.

Well done Adiel and team and all those who have held the vision passionately for the past 7 years. A special thank you to Dr. Nii Quaynor for staying focused and facilitating smooth handover to us new Board members.

More @ http://www.icann.org/meetings/mardelplata/#ScheduleandAgenda

Below is some text of the rigor;

LET'S MOVE ON NOW TO THE UPDATE ON AFRINIC.
AND I'M GOING TO CALL FIRST ON BARBARA ROSEMAN, AND THEN ON ADIEL AKPLOGAN.
SO, BARBARA, WOULD YOU LIKE TO START.
>>BARBARA ROSEMAN: GOOD AFTERNOON.
I'D LIKE TO GIVE THE AFRINIC STATUS UPDATE FROM IANA.
IN SEPTEMBER 2004, THE ICANN BOARD GAVE PROVISIONAL APPROVAL TO AFRINIC'S APPLICATION AS THE REGIONAL INTERNET REGISTRY FOR THE AFRICA REGION.
IN MARCH OF THIS YEAR, AFRINIC PRESENTED AN UPDATED APPLICATION DEMONSTRATING THAT THE TRANSITION PLAN WAS NEARING COMPLETION.
AND SO WE OPENED A PUBLIC COMMENT FORUM.
AND IT'S BEEN ONE OF OUR MOST SUCCESSFUL PUBLIC COMMENT FORUMS.
WE'VE HAD MORE THAN 20 COMMENTS TO THE FORUM. AND ALL BUT ONE OF THEM HAS BEEN POSITIVE ABOUT AFRINIC'S SUCCESS.
EXCUSE ME.
IN THE IANA REPORT ON AFRINIC, WE FIND THAT AFRINIC HAS MET ALL OF THE CONDITIONS SPECIFIED IN ICP-2, THE DOCUMENT THAT GOVERNS HOW WE RECOGNIZE NEW RIRS.
AFRINIC'S OPERATIONS, POLICIES, AND BOTTOM-UP SELF-GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE COMPLY FULLY WITH THE SPECIFIED GUIDELINES.
AFRINIC'S TECHNICAL OPERATIONS AND EXPERTISE ARE IMPRESSIVE.
THE TRANSITION PLAN HAS BEEN SATISFACTORILY EXECUTED AND IS VIRTUALLY COMPLETE.
AFRINIC'S COOPERATION WITH THE INCUMBENT RIRS HAS BEEN EXEMPLARY, AND THE NRO HAS GIVEN ITS FULL ENDORSEMENT TO APPROVAL AND RECOGNITION OF AFRINIC AS AN INDEPENDENT RIR.
ACCORDINGLY, THE IANA CONCLUDES THAT AFRINIC HAS MET ALL THE NECESSARY REQUIREMENTS FOR APPROVAL AND RECOGNITION.
AND I'D LIKE TO CALL ADIEL UP NOW TO GIVE A BRIEF UPDATE.
>>VINT CERF: THANK YOU, BARBARA.

>>ADIEL AKPLOGAN: THANK YOU, BARBARA.
THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.
I'M JUST GOING TO COMMENT JUST BRIEFLY AN UPDATE GIVEN BY IANA.
I WOULD LIKE FIRST OF ALL TO THANK THE IANA FOR THIS POSITIVE EVALUATION OF OUR APPLICATION AND HOPE THAT THE BOARD ALSO WILL HAVE A VERY POSITIVE ANALYSIS, TOO.
YES, SINCE JULY LAST YEAR, WE PRESENT OUR TRANSITION PLAN AND ARE WILLING TO BECOME THE FIFTH REGIONAL INTERNET REGISTRY, SERVING AFRICA REGION.
AND SINCE THEN, WE WORKED VERY CLOSELY WITH ALL THE OTHER AREA TO CONDUCT THIS TRANSITION PLAN TO THE END.
THIS BRINGS US SINCE FEBRUARY 1ST TO THE STAGE WHERE WE START OPERATING AS A FULL RIR.
ALL THE DATA AND ALL THE OPERATIONAL ACTIVITY HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED EFFECTIVELY AND POSITIVELY TO AFRINIC.
FOR AFRICA, MOVING TO THIS STAGE OF THE TRANSITION WITH A FINAL ACCREDITATION BY ICANN WILL DEFINITELY REINFORCE OUR WILLINGNESS TO BE PRESENT AND PARTICIPATE INTO THE GLOBAL INTERNET TECHNICAL COORDINATION SYSTEM.
I WOULD LIKE TO USE THIS OPPORTUNITY, TOO, TO THANK ALL THE ORGANIZATION AND GOVERNMENTS IN AFRICA, MAINLY SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT, EGYPT GOVERNMENT, AND MAURITIUS GOVERNMENT, WHICH SUPPORTED OUR PROCESS TO THE BEGINNING AND BRINGS US TO THE STAGE WHERE WE ARE TODAY.
OUR REAL GRATITUDE ALSO GOES TO THE RIR, THE ALREADY-ESTABLISHED RIR, WHICH THROUGH THE NRO GIVE US THEIR FULL SUPPORT THROUGHOUT THE TRANSITION PROCESS.
AFRICA DEFINITELY WANTS TO BE PART OF THE GLOBAL INTERNET COORDINATION SYSTEM, AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK TO INCREASE OUR PORTION IN THIS SELF-GOVERNANCE PROCESS AND PROCEDURE THROUGH ICANN.
THAT'S ALL I WANT TO SAY TODAY.
THANK YOU.
>>VINT CERF: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
(APPLAUSE.)
>>VINT CERF: ONE MOMENT, AXEL.
FIRST OF ALL, EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW THAT WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CELEBRATE THIS MORE TIMES THIS WEEK.
SO I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT.
AXEL.
>> AXEL PAWLIK: THANK YOU.
MY NAME IS AXEL PAWLIK, I'M THE CHAIRMAN OF THE RIPE NCC AND ALSO OF THE -- I DON'T HAVE THAT MUCH TO ADD TO THE PRESENTATIONS.
WE JUST WANT TO SAY ONCE MORE THAT IT WAS EXTREMELY EXCITING TO WORK WITH OUR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES FROM AFRINIC.
IT WAS A VERY EXCITING, LET'S SAY, TWO YEARS OR SO.
NOT MUCH TO ADD TO THAT.
AS VINT HAS INDICATED, WE HOPE THAT THE BOARD WILL MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION ON FRIDAY.
AND IN ANTICIPATION OF THAT, WE HAVE LAID ON A BIT OF A RECEPTION ON THURSDAY NIGHT IN THE HOTEL HERE.
EVERYBODY IS VERY HEARTILY INVITED.
WE HAVE INVITATIONS OUT AT THE FRONT DESK.
SO I HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE.
THURSDAY EVENING.
>>VINT CERF: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, AXEL.

 

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