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AfriNIC-14 Public Policy Meeting - Report

Last Updated on Monday, 04 July 2011 14:05










he  AfriNIC-14 Public Policy Meeting was held jointly with AfNOG-12 from the 29th of May to the 10th of June 2011 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The AFNOG/AfriNIC trainings were held at the White Sands Hotel from the 29th May to the 6th June 2011, while the AfNOG plenary  session took place on the 7th of June 2011. The AfriNIC plenary sessions were held on the 8th and 9th June 2011 at the Kunduchi Beach Hotel.

The   event  was   co-hosted   by   both   the   Tanzanian   Communications   Regulatory  Authority (TCRA) and the .tz registry (tzNIC) and sponsored by Internet Society (ISOC) , the Tanzanian Ministry  of  Communications,   Science & Technology   (MCST),  Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), the National Micro-finance Bank (NMB), CRDB Bank, Simbanet, WIA and Zantel.  It was attended by over 200 participants from 51 countries (39 from   African countries), with 53% being   first   time   participants.   The  majority   of the   attendees  were   from  the   Education,  Internet Services and Government sectors.

During this meeting, there were three (3) days of technical training attended by over 40 participants, two days of plenary sessions and a single day of close government working group discussions. Six (6) policy proposals were discussed with two (2) reaching consensus and four (4) not reaching consensus. 

Elections were held for four (4) open board positions and two (2) policy development working group co-chairs. 

The main themes of the AfriNIC-14 plenary sessions were: IPv6 deployment; Interconnecting Africa and Cyber Security.

The meeting was followed by a one-day closed governmental meeting, the African Governmental  Working Group (10th of June), where governmental officials met and discussed on the role they can play to address issues which were raised during the meeting.

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