The AFRINIC GOVERNMENT WORKING GROUP (AfGWG)
What is the AFRINIC GOVERNMENT WORKING GROUP?
In the wake of the growing importance of internet governance issues, AFRINIC found it useful to enlarge its contact base in order to better fulfill its objectives as a Regional Internet Registry and in the furtherance of its unique mandate it is centrally concerned with the development and use of the Internet in Africa. The AFRINIC Government Working Group (AfGWG) was set up at the initiative of AFRINIC to work with African governments and regulators to address general internet governance challenges in Africa.
AFRINIC as part of its policy on inclusion operates an open and transparent process for all stakeholders. Governments as a major part of this stakeholder grouping have increasingly shown a growing interest in playing an even more active and contributive role.
The African Government Working Group (AfGWG) was set up at the initiative of AFRINIC “with the aim of strengthening the collaboration between AFRINIC and African Governments and Regulators in order to create a dynamic framework to address general Internet Governance challenges faced within the region and specifically those related to Internet Number Resources.”
The AFRINIC Government Group meetings are held bi-annually, back to back with AFRINIC's Public Policy Meetings. Six sessions on the AfGWG have already been held.
1. Mauritius - January 2010
2. Kigali - June 2010
3. Johannesburg - November 2010
4. Dar es Salaam - June 2011
5. Yaounde - November 2011
6. Serekunda - May 2012
The next AfGWG meeting, will be held in Lusaka, Zambia, during the Africa Internet Summit 2013.