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AfriNIC invites you to attend the 8th AfriNIC Open Policy Meeting which will be held in conjunction with AfNOG 2008 from 24 May to 06 June 2008 in Rabat, Morocco. AfriNIC Meetings are open to everyone and provide an excellent opportunity to take part in Internet policy discussions.


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  2. CNRST:


The Workshop and all Tutorials would be held at the EMI (Mohammadia Engineering Institute) from 24 May - 2 June 2008.


GOLDEN TULIP FARAH, Rabat has been selected as the hotel for AfriNIC-8/AfNOG 2008 Event. Rooms have also been blocked for meeting attendees on first come first served basis.

The Golden Tulip Hotel is located near the city centre in Rabat and about 3 km from the train station. It has 185 rooms and 8 suites equipped with all the essential elements. The hotel offers many services including a business center a fitness club hairdressing salons 3 restaurants with various specialities.

Golden Tulip is close to Mohamed V museum, Hassan tower and about 3 km from the train station.

Further information on the hotel is at :


All Conferences would be held at the Golden Tulip Farah from 3 - 6 June 2008.

Please note that AfriNIC meetings and IPv6 training will be charged as follows:

$50 : Meetings only
$75 : Meetings and Trainings

Payment will be made by cash or credit card. Payment by cash will be done on registration there.
Credit card payment facility will be available online shortly.

Please send any meeting related enquiries to

Remote participation

If you can't attend AfriNIC-8/AfNOG 2008, audio streaming is available at

AfriNIC-8/AfNOG 2008 will be held at:

Golden Tulip Farah Rabat Hotel

Place Sidi Makhlouf
10000 Rabat, Morocco

Tel: +212 37 23 74 00

Fax: +212 37 72 21 55

Hotel Overview:

The Golden Tulip Farah Rabat is a lovely 5 star hotel located near the city centre of Rabat and was established in 1981.

The Golden Tulip Farah Rabat is well known for the quality of its service and the high level of comfort.

Close to the Mohamed V Museum and Hassan tower and only 5 minutes from downtown, banks, embassies and the ministry district, The Golden Tulip Farah Rabat is the ideal location to discover Rabat.

This hotel is located just in the edge of the city centre providing excellent access to the highway which connects to all Morocco.

Only 10 km to the Rabat International Airport, the train station is only 3 kilometres away!

The hotel has 3 restaurants, 3 bars, 3 conferences room, coffee shop, outdoor and indoor swimming pools and a fitness centre/gym.





31 May | 01 June | 02 June | 04 June | 05 June | 06 June

AfriNIC-8 Meeting Agenda (31 May)

Mayr 31, 2008 (Trainers: Benoit Lordelet, Alain Aina)



09:00 – 10:30

IPv6: protocols et standards

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30 Routage IPv6,OSPFv3,MP-BGP      

12:30 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:30 TP1-IPv6 de base      

15:30 – 16:00

Tea Break

16:00 – 17:30 TP2-IPv6, OSPF et BGP  

AfriNIC-8 Meeting Agenda (01 June)

June 01, 2008 (Trainers: Benoit Lordelet, Alain Aina)



09:00 – 10:30

Mécanismes de transitions et déploiement

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30
Securite IPv6 

12:30 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:30
 TP3 Deployment IPv6  

15:30 – 16:00

Tea Break

16:00 – 17:30
TP4 -  Securite IPv6

AfNOG Meeting Agenda (03 June)

AfriNIC-8 Meeting Agenda (04 June)

June 04, 2008



08:00 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:15 Welcome
Adiel A. Akplogan
09:15 - 09:45 AfriNIC activities Update Adiel Akplogan
09:45 - 10:15 Board activities Update Adiel Akplogan
10:15 - 10:30 Open Mic    
10:35 – 10:45 Coffee Break    
10:45 - 11:00 RIPE NCC Information Services Mark Dranse
11:00 - 11:15

Internet Number resource statistics

Ernest Byaruhanga
11:15 - 11:30 IANA Report & IPv4 central pool update
Leo Vegoda
11:30 - 12:15 Presentation of New PDP & PD- MG
Vincent Ngundi
12:15 - 12:30 APNIC update Paul Wilson

12:30 – 14:00


14:00 - 15:30
IPv6 Presentations
- Deploying IPv6 in an IPv4 world Randy Bush
- IPv6 in Converged Communication John Loughney
- IPv6 usage recent Statistics Jordi Palet Martinez
- IPv6 in .CO.ZA Registry Mark Elkins

15:30 - 15:45

Tea Break

15:45 -16:00 ARIN Update Ray Plzak  
    English French
16:00 - 17:00 Policy discussions PDG-MG Chair
- Policy proposal -1
- Policy proposal -2
17:00 - 17:30 /48 PI reachability test Alain A. aina
19:00 – 22:30

Social Dinner


AfriNIC-8 Meeting Agenda (05 June)

June 05, 2008



08:00 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 - 09:05

Welcome and Announcements

Adiel A. Akplogan  
09:15 - 09:30


Ernesto Majo  
09:30 - 09:45


Alan Barrett  
09:45 - 10:15

IGF Update

Markus Kummer

10:30 – 10:45

Coffee Break

10:45 - 11:00 RIPE NCC Update Axel Pawlik
11:00 - 12:15 Policy discussions (cont) PD-MG Chair  
12:15 - 12:30 NRO Update Paul Wilson

12:30– 14:00


14:00 - 14:45 2008 Activity Plan Adiel Akplogan  
14:45 - 15:00 2008 Budget & Financial Report Patrick Deesse
15:00 - 15:45 Board election Chair NomCom-2008

15: 45 - 16:00

Tea Break

16:00 - 16:15 Election result Chair NomCom-2008
16:15 - 16:45 Open Mic Nii Quaynor
16:45 - 17:00 Closing Remarks Viv Padayatchy

INET Meeting Agenda (06 June)

Golden Tulip Farah
The hotel offers to his guest 99 rooms with double bed and 86 rooms with single bed. The deluxe rooms either with king or twin-bed, are comfortable, fully refurbished, overlooking the city, offering radio, T.V.with satellite channels, telephone, internet connexion, air conditioning, and mini-bar.

The most luxurious area is the Executive floor designed for special personalised services and advantages.

The hotel also offers 1 royal suite, 4 ambassador suites, 2 junior suite and the nuptiale suite.

Golden Tulip Farah
Makhlouf 10 - Rabat

Tel:+212 37 23 74 00
Fax: +212 37 72 21 55



Single Room: 800 Dhs
Double Room: 900 Dhs

The hotel is fully booked.


La Tour Hassan Hotel
La Tour Hassan is probably the best address for visiting tourists in Rabat. It has 144 luxury rooms and suites all luxuriously decorated and equipped with bathroom, air-conditioning, phone, TV and safe.

The hotel is well situated in the centre of Rabat. Its facilities include two outstanding restaurants (international and Moroccan), two bars, business centre, fitness and beauty centre with jacuzzi, sauna, hammam, solarium and hairdresser as well as an attractive pool (not heated) set in superb and colourful gardens.

La Tour Hassan Hotel
26, rue Chellab, Rabat, Morocco

Tel : +212 37-239000
Fax : +212 37-731866



Single room (B&B): 1500 dhs
Double Room (B&B): 1675 Dhs
Superior Single Room (B&B): 1680 Dhs
Superior Double Room (B&B): 1855 Dhs

Booking Formalities:

Booking should be made by 30 April 2008

Helnan Chellah Hotel

The Chellah hotel symbolizes the perfect marriage between design, sobriety and comfort. Located at the heart of Rabat, this establishment offers a sweet decoration nested within a quiet and refined framework.

True promise of comfort and wellbeing, Chellah is also the ideal place for your seminars. A team of professionals is placed at your disposal and ensures a discrete but effective service.

Installation : The Chellah Hôtel offers 117 Rooms and Suites entirely renovated and decorated to ensure comfort and wellbeing. Enjoy fine national and international savours at the Chellah Restaurant or Kanoun Grill.

A conference room with a capacity of 150 people equipped with audio-visual material and translation can be arranged on request.

Situation : The Chellah Rabat is located at 20 kms from the airport and very close to many monuments as: The Hassan tour, the kasbah Chellah and The Mohamed V Mausoleum.

Helnan Chellah Hotel
2 rue Ifni Rabat-Morroco, Rabat, Morroc

Tel : +212 (0) 37668300 /+212 3770 5908/+212 37701051
Fax : +212 (0) 37706354



Single Room (B&B): 700 Dhs
Double Room (B&B): 850 dhs
Tax 16.50 per person

Booking Formalities:

Booking should be made directly to the hotel using the booking reference AfNOG2008/AfriNIC-8 and by 30 May 2008 to benefit the above rates.

Contact Person: Miss Aichah (
Booking reference: AfriNIC-8/AfNOG2008


Mercure Sherazade

Situated in the heart of Rabat, the capital of Morocco in the residential quarter of Hassan only 5 min from the main historic monuments, business centre and 15 min from the royal golf course and the airport. Restaurant, terrace and parking facilities.

Amenity Highlights — 24 Hour Front Desk, Restaurant, 220 AC, Bus Parking, Currency Exchange

Mercure Sherazade
21 Rue de Tunis Quartier Hassan 10000 RABAT

Tel : +212 37/722226
Fax : +212 37/724527



Single room (B&B): 591 dhs
Double Room (B&B): 757 Dhs
Superior Single Room (B&B): 691 Dhs
Superior Double Room (B&B): 857 Dhs

Booking Formalities:

This hotel is fully booked


Hilton Rabat Hotel
Located in a prestigious area, the Hilton Rabat is an oasis of relaxation and pleasure. We strive for excellent service and do our utmost to make you feel both unique and welcome. Located in a somptuous environment of over 10 hectares in the heart of Rabat with easy access to the administrative and business districts, the Hotel is your gateway to Moroccan business and tradition, inviting you to discover this country's legendary hospitality. The 269 rooms have modern facilities, including WIFI Internet connection and offer magnificent views of the Andalucian-inspired gardens or of the Atlantic Ocean. There is a wide range of restaurants with Moroccan and international specialities. Business travellers can enjoy the hotel's meeting rooms and fully equipped Business Centre. Our Executive Floor provides a private Club Lounge, including complimentary breakfast, hors d'oeuvres and cocktails.

Hilton Rabat Hotel

PO Box 450 Souissi, Rabat, Morocco 10000

Tel : +212-37-675656
Fax : +212-37-671492


Sponsorship for AfriNIC-8 Rabat, Morocco

AfriNIC is having its 8th public policy meeting (AfriNIC-8) in Rabat, Morocco from 24th May to 06th June 2008. This meeting intends to provide a public forum to the African Internet community to discuss different issues related to Internet Number resource management issues and policies in Africa. The meeting will start with 2 days training on IPv6 Networking from 31st May to 01st June. During the meeting, participants will also receive updates from the other four Regional Internet Registries on activities in their regions.

The event will convene most of the key Internet players on the continent and abroad. We will also host the meetings of other organisations such as the African Country Code Top Level Domain Managers (AfTLD) meeting. The previous AfriNIC meeting, AfriNIC-7 which was held in september 2007 in Durban, South Africa was a great success with nearly 150 participants from around the world. Attendees were from Government, Research and Education Networks and African Network Operators.

To play a major role in this event, we would like to invite you to consider becoming one of our partners in this event by supporting some of the logistics required during the meeting. You may also find it of interest to sponsor specific events such as social dinner or one of the end-of-day cocktail. This is a unique opportunity to make contacts within the industry and enhance the visibility of your organisation, not only to the African Community, but also to other regions as we are expecting attendees from all over the world.

AfriNIC-8 Sponsorship Categories:

Contribution for a value of 20,000 USD

- Logo printed on meeting T-Shirts and meeting banners
- 2 company/product banners displayed at the venue (in the conference room)
- Documentation in the meeting pack
- Will have a slot during one launch to present products and services
- List on meeting web site
- Logo printed on the meeting agenda
- Announced during opening and closing ceremony


Contribution for a value of 12,000 USD

- Logo printed on the T-shirt and the meeting banners
- Documentation in the meeting pack
- List on the web site
- Announced during opening and closing ceremony

Contribution for a value of 5,000 USD

- Name appears in the sponsor list
- Logo printed on the meeting banners
- Logo printed on the T-shirt

Social Dinner

Contribution for a value of 10,000 USD

- Branding material on site
- Speech during the social event
- Distribution of brochures during the evening.
- Listed as Social event sponsor on the web site and Invitation paper

If you are interested in becoming a partner of the event, please contact us at or call our office on (+230) 4666616.

We cordially welcome you to attend the entire meeting and the training sessions.

We will be happy to count you among our partners this year for this very important event in Africa .

Visit to Rabat

Morocco’s thriving capital of Rabat has a great mixture of Old World charms and New World concepts and vibrancy. This small, relaxed city boasts an array of lovely gardens and charming boulevards along with a magnificent range of white buildings. With a pristine location on the estuary of the river Bou Regreg, facing the glittering Atlantic Ocean, Rabat is also an ideal destination for those who love the sand, the sea and a lot of sun.

Home to King Hassan II of Morocco, who lives in the exquisite Royal Palace amid enchanting gardens, Rabat has a wide range of attractions that lend insight into its long and rich history, as well as jaw-dropping natural beauty and refined architecture. The notable venues include Hassan Mosque, the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Kasbah des Oudaias and the breathtaking Andalusian Gardens.
History lovers can find a handful of museums to visit, the highlight of which is Oudaias Museum – Rabat’s signature museum featuring a variety of artefacts, furniture and an impressive collection of carpets dating back to the 17th century. Other worthy museums include the Postal Museum, Natural Science Museum and Archaeological Museum – all of which will keep tourists busy with their distinguish displays.


Average low: 14° and Average High: 22°


Transportation: from the airport, the only way to get to the city centre is by grand taxis, which will be readily waiting for you in front of the terminal. Make sure your driver activates their meter though, as most of them will try to get cheeky by telling you the fare when you are already in front of your hotel’s door.


There are no special inoculations needed for a trip to Morocco; however, for those who wish to be on the safe side you might want to consider vaccinations for hepatitis A and rabies. Malaria is present in the coastal areas in the north but is not a major problem. Consult with a doctor and take anti-malarial medication if you are concerned.

Diarrhoea is one of the most common complaints for visitors, but a trip to the local pharmacy will usually suffice. Bottled water is widely available everywhere so avoid drinking tap water (check that the cap is sealed). Cooked food is usually safe to eat but make sure it is prepared after you order it. Don't eat fruit or vegetables that you can't peel.

Toilets often don't have toilet paper so it's a good idea to keep some with you. Heatstroke and dehydration is another potential concern, especially inland around the desert areas. Make sure you consume plenty of water and apply sunscreen frequently.

Things to do

Quite a small, peaceful city, Rabat doesn’t have a full list of activities for adventuring tourists. However, exploring the city on foot can still keep most travellers excited. There’s always something worthwhile to see on every corner, be it a secret courtyard, a surprisingly hip cafe or a small shop selling high quality carpets.

Beach-lovers can always head to one of many pristine beaches while several beautiful parks and gardens will keep nature-lovers happy.

Changing of Royal Guard: at the Royal Palace on Friday mornings is a great spectacle if you have some time to spare. It’s not exactly as amazing as the one in London but it’s still worth watching, especially for children.

Shopping: although Rabat isn’t full of luxurious boutiques, this unique city is famed for its embroidery and carpets. Local markets are scattered throughout the city, featuring all kinds of creative and one-of-a-kind souvenirs. Souika street, the main artery through the medina, is home to the famous footwear bazaar, Sebbat Souk.

Swimming: there are several beaches in Rabat so you can swim, relax in the sun or just watching people. The beaches to the south of Rabat are, however, much nicer and less crowded. If time permits, you can also visit Temara, a lovely seaside town not far from Rabat.

Potter’s Village: is popular among visitors in Rabat. This real, enchanting village is dedicated to pottery. You will have fun asking the skilled craftsmen to create anything for you, and they will do it with an incredible speed.

Picnic: picnicking is quite popular in the summer, when you can feel the warm sun on your back. There are many parks in Rabat, all boasting charming spots, ideal for a picnic. The remarkable Andalusian Gardens that surround the Palace Museum are also famous among locals.

Dining: if you have never tried authentic Moroccan food, here’s your chance. A number of local restaurants can be found around the medina, while French eateries are also aplenty. There are a few Oriental restaurants in the city centre as well.

Walking Tour: with most tourist spots located in close proximity, organising a walking tour with your friends and family is a good way to explore Rabat at your own pace. Your starting point might be the medina, otherwise known as the old town, where you can see how locals lead their lives or make a stop at the bazaar.

Technical information for travelers :-

Power Supply

Electric Power is 220V running at 50Hz. The Plug types used are :



The international access code for Morocco is +212. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). City/area codes are in use, e.g. (0)44 for Marrakech and (0)37 for Rabat. Hotels can add a hefty surcharge to their telephone bills; it is best to check before making long international calls. Two mobile GSM 900 networks cover the north of the country. Internet cafes are widely available in tourist areas.


The AfriNIC Board of  Directors will have the following vacant seats:

a) Seat 5: The Central African sub-region (Primary and Alternate)
           Mandate: 2008 to 2011

b) Seat 6: The Indian Ocean sub-region (Primary and alternate)
           Mandate: 2008 to 2011

To see the nominees for AfriNIC Board Elections 2008, click here

Please note that the basis of the nomination and the elections that will be carried through, including the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Director positions for the available open seats shall be accept upon appointment:

Basis of Nomination and Election:

- With respect to each region, the individual who shall have the most number of votes shall be elected as Primary Director and the individual who shall  have  the second highest number of votes shall be elected as Alternate Director.

- In the case where there is no eligible candidate for a particular region, the Director already in office in the particular seat shall be deemedto have been elected for one further term.

- No person shall be appointed or hold office as a Director if he  is a person who:

(i) is under 18 years of age;

(ii) is an undischarged bankrupt;

(iii) would, but for the repeal of Section 117 of the Companies Act 1984 of Mauritius, be prohibited from being a Director or promoter of, or being concerned or taking part in the management of, a company within the meaning of that Act;

(iv) is prohibited from being a director or promoter of or being concerned or taking part in the management of a company under Sections 337 or 338 of the Act;

(v) is not a natural person; or

(vi) has been adjudged to have been of unsound mind.

Roles and Responsibilities:

- The Directors shall have power at any time and from time to time to appoint any person to be a Director to fill a casual vacancy in the Board.  Any Director so appointed shall hold office only until the next following annual Meneral Meeting at which Directors are elected and shall then be
eligible for re-election.

- Without prejudice to the generality of the AfriNIC bylaws 13.1 and 13.2, the Directors shall be entitled to:

(vii) determine the guidelines for the allocation of address space for Members;

(viii)consider broad Internet policy issues in order to ensure that the policies and strategies of the Company fully respond to the changing Internet environment;

(ix)determine a financial budget for the activities of the Company for a given  period;

(x)establish a ceiling for expenditures for a given period and from time to time to vary such ceiling as they deem fit;

(xi)fill any casual vacancy in the office of the auditor of the Company;

(xii)provide any general directives to the Chief Executive Officer regarding the staffing of the Company;

(xiii)determine the conditions of employment of the employees of the Company who are employed at an Executive level;

(xiv)reduce or waive fees payable by any person to the Company, or to amend in any manner whatsoever the conditions relating to the payment thereof;

(xv)to appoint or remove the secretary of the Company and to determine the remuneration payable to such secretary; and

(xvi)to appoint such committees for such reasons and with such terms of reference as they shall consider necessary or desirable.

More about the election process is available at:

For more details of the 6 sub-regions of the AfriNIC service region, please see

For a list of the Members in our service region

Call For Presentation and Tutorials for AfriNIC-8

The next AfriNIC Meeting will be held in Rabat, Morocco in conjunction with AfNOG 2008 from 24 May to 06 June 2008. It is an open forum to discuss issues related to internet number resource management within the AfriNIC service region.

This meeting will also host a regional IPv6 conference where network operators will share their experiences on IPv6 deployment.

We are looking for presentations of relevance from anyone. Tutorials are usually 2 to 4 hour workshops, while presentations may last between 10 and 30 minutes.

Presentations may cover the following topics:

- IPv6 deployment
- Security
- Mobile & IP
- Anti-Spam

We would like to have as many practical, hands-on presentations as possible and they do not have to be long.

Policy proposals are also usually discussed at the meeting, but must pass through the appropriate phases of the
Policy Development Process

If you would like to make a presentation or tutorial, please send your proposal to

Your proposal should contain the following information:

- Full Name
- Email Address
- Affiliation
- Short biography
- Title of Talk
- A detailed abstract or outline describing the presentation
- Draft slides for the presentation (if ready/available)
- Length of talk (minutes/hours/days)
- Need (or not) for sponsorship or assistance to attend the meeting (travel and/or accommodation, etc)

The audience at AfriNIC meetings is mainly composed of technical network operators and engineers with a wide range of experience levels from beginners to several years of experience.

Presentations that contain any sort of marketing and commercial content are usually not encouraged at such meetings.


AfriNIC is offering few fellowships to its members to attend the upcoming meeting to be held from 31 May 2008 - 06 June 2008 in Rabat, Morocco. The fellowship is reserved to people from small organisations actively involved in Internet Operation or ICT Policy in their countries and the community and who can positively and actively contribute to IP address management awareness in the AfriNIC region of service.

Note: Application for fellowship is now closed.




















What documents will be required?

In order to enter Morocco:
a. Passport must be valid 3 months beyond intended stay.
b. Registration form in an academic Program in Morocco.
c. No visa required for stay up to 3 months for North Americans and Europeans.
d. Tickets and Documents for return or onward travel.
e. Vaccination: International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever required if arriving from infected     area within 5 days.

PASSPORTS: Passport valid for at least 6 months from date of entry required by all.

Note: (a) Children up to and including 16 years may travel on their parents’ passport, but must have photographs included in these passports by the relevant passport authorities. (b) All temporary travel document holders need to get clearance from Morocco, and this may take up to 2 months. Apply at nearest Consulate or Consular Section of Embassy for further details.

Time required to issue visa:
Normally 3 upon receipt of all necessary documents. Some nationals should note that their application forms are sent to Morocco for clearance and processing can take up to 2 months.

How do I apply?
Application to: Consulate (or Consular section at Embassy);

Application requirements: (a) One completed application form. (b) Four passport-size photos taken within the previous 6 months. (c) Passport (valid for at least 6 months from date of exit out of Morocco, and with at least one blank page), with a photocopy of the relevant data pages. (d) Fee (payable by postal order only). (e) Evidence of employment, enrolment as a student or bank statements. (f) Photocopy of flight ticket(s). (g) Photocopy of hotel reservation.

No visa requirements

The following countries do not need a visa for visits of up to 90 days.

Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahreïn, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Congo (Brazzaville), Côte.d'ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guinea, Hong-kong(30 days), Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mali, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Niger, Norway, Oman, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore (30 days), Slovaquie, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Philippines, The United Kingdom, The United States of America, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, New Zealand

For more details, please see


For more information, please see :-



Day 1 - 04 June 2008

AfriNIC-8: Minutes Report

The meeting was opened by the Chairman of EMI (Ecole Mohammadia d'Ingénieurs) Prof. Driss Bouami. He welcomed everyone and hoped that their stay in Morocco has been a pleasant one and that the work at the EMI was agreeable and useful. He said that IT concerns all sectors of the economy and went on to stress its importance in our development. He said that it is one of AfriNIC’s missions to train and to inform of the latest development and in this context the work achieved by AfriNIC has been remarkable at all levels. He wished all much success in the work to be undertaken and thanked everyone for their attention.

09.00- 09.15 Welcome Address by Adiel Akplogan

Adiel Akplogan, CEO of AfriNIC, welcomed all participants and thanked the hosts for the hospitality and for all the hard work that had gone into the preparation and during the sessions already held. He expressed hope that all stakeholders would benefit from this meeting.

Adiel presented the overview of the agenda for the next two days. He proceeded in giving an overview of AfriNIC’s activities, registration data, and membership information. He went on to introduce all AfriNIC staff who were present at the meeting.

To view his presentation, click here.

09.15-09.45 AfriNIC activities update by Adiel Akplogan

Adiel took a brief look at 2008 in terms of the current budget, staff evolution, and membership levels, compared to 2007. He also added that five policies were ratified and implemented in 2007. He briefly explained AfriNIC’s financial indicators and the challenges ahead, most specifically with fee collection and exchange rates exposure. He also stated that total reserves have increased.

Adiel also touched on AfriNIC’s training activities, the progress made so far and the plan to cover the whole continent by the end of 2009. He gave a brief on resources allocated and membership growth since 2005. He presented data and updates on IPv4 and IPv6 distribution by country and stressed that there is a need for more training in order to increase utilization.

Adiel advised that AfriNIC has joined the 6Deploy consortium to support the deployment of IPv6 in Europe and developing countries. A first event will be held in Kenya during AfriNIC’s training session. He went on to explain how joining this initiative would raise awareness among policy makers, facilitate training in 2008/09 and build an e-learning platform easily accessible by the community.

Adiel gave details of the policies that were adopted and implemented in 7/2008. He also gave a brief on the successful launch of MyAfriNIC in October 2007; a web-based portal that allows members to better manage their accounts with services such as online bill pay, view history of payments, update profiles, manage AS numbers, IPv4 and IPv6 resources, and to create and track technical support issues.
He also outlined the various marketing and awareness campaigns through our website, the AfriNIC News, and member surveys. All these activities are aimed at better serving the community. AfriNIC organized a booth at the ITU exhibition in Cairo in May.
In line with its mission, AfriNIC continues to support other sister organisations in the region, such as AfTLD, AAU, Afrispa, and AfNOG.

Adiel gave a review of the way forward which started with a Board Retreat in the last quarter of 2007 to revisit AfriNIC’s strategy, discussion about the organisation structure and realignment of our Mission, Vision and Core Values. Adiel presented the new AfriNIC organisational structure and appointments to fill the new positions.

To view his presentation, click here.

09.45-10.15 Board Updates by Viv Padayatchy (on behalf of P Dandjinou)

Viv gave a brief update of the Board’s activities starting with the meetings held in 2007 and the elected members in 2007. He also appraised the meeting with the various committees and presented the members of these committees. He listed the 10 resolutions that passed through the Board, from policy ratification to budget adoption. He indicated that two seats are due to become vacant in June 2008 and that part of the agenda the following day would be the election of new Board members. He presented the list of Board members that represented AfriNIC at various International meetings.

Open Mic: Boubakar Barry, representing the Assocation of African Universities (AAU), thanked the CEO and AfriNIC Board for the work that is being done especially to promote IP at University level.

10.45-11.00 RIPE NCC Inofrmation Services by Mark Dranse

Mark Dranse, from RIPE NCC made a presentation on the RIPE NCC tools for network operators. The main focus was on Test Traffic Measurements (TTM) and Routing Information Services (RIS). It was underlined that Africa was the only continent where TTM was not deployed. Main highlights were features and benefits of the TTM, RIS and MyASN Alarms. There was a question about what was needed from an Exchange point or an ISP to site a TTM box there. Mark informed that the TTM service is chargeable – for hardware and ongoing service costs to cover the support from RIPE NCC. Another question raised was about whether the services are V6 friendly. Mark Dranse mentioned that all of the services are v6 friendly with the exception of MyASN.

To view his presentation, click here.

11.00-11.15 Internet Number Resources Statistics by Ernest Byaruhanga

Ernest made a remote presentation on the Internet Number Resource Status report as of 31st March 2008. Main topics included:

IPv4 allocations –RIRs to LIRs/ISPs;
ASN Assignment –RIRs to LIRs/ISPs;
IANA IPv6 Allocations to RIRs; and,
IPv6 Allocations RIRs to LIRs/ISPs.

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11:15 - 11:30 IANA Report & IPv4 central pool update by Leo Vegoda

Leo presentation pertained to information on IPv4 Address Space registry, ongoing research and IETF and DNS activities. Main topics included:

IPv4 Address Space Registry and move to XML publishing;
Ongoing Research;
IETF update;
DNS work: IPv6, Reverse DNS delegation DNSSEC update;
ICANN in Paris; and,
New IANA website to be launched very soon. It has been updated in corporation with the NRO and will provide subscription services.
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11:30-12:15 Presentation of New PDP & PD- MG by Vincent Ngundi

Vincent made a presentation about the AfriNIC new PDP and PDP-MG and terms of Reference in the new PDP. Main highlights included:

Recap on the new PDP;
PDP-MG: functions; and,
PDP-MG: Elections Procedure.

12:15 - 12:30 APNIC update by Paul Wilson

Paul from APNIC, presented a report on the activities of the APNIC community and staff. His presentation included the following highlights:
New staff organisational structure and statistics;
Response to 2007 member survey – activities and budget;
Impact of the USD exchange rate on APNIC fees, and the new fee structure;
APNIC resource services and IPv6 activities;
APNIC 25 policy outcomes; and,
Meeting information for APNIC 26-29.

Open Mic discussions

Common policy for LIRs on the allocation of IP addresses.
One member from the floor asked if there was a policy to govern allocation of IP address by LIR to companies. Adiel Akplogan informed that AfriNIC does not have a policy in that regards and invited LIR members from floor to give their views. After discussion, the following was proposed:

It would be good for LIR members to get together and define such a policy for the efficient and fair allocation of IP addresses. Those procedures should be in line with the AfriNIC procedures since LIR members have to apply the same stewardship as AfriNIC.
LIR members could consider publishing their own procedures for more transparency in that respect.
Companies should be sensitized to ensure that they are aware about how to get their Internet Number resources. There is a need to emphasis on users making their requests directly to AfriNIC.
The community should contribute more active in the discussions. Members should consider comparing the facilities and procedures of the different upstream providers to ensure that they have the best service. (It was noted that this might not apply in countries where there is a monopoly on the services provided).
Members can use AfriNIC weekly statistical report to ensure that their IP addresses are announced by the upstream providers.

Incentives for IPv6 requests
The Chair read out a question from the jabber room whereby it was asked for what needs to be done in situations where major LIRs have not received IP space or do not have any available or have no existing IPv6 space (eg, if they cannot support IPv6 costs). Adiel Akplogan mentioned that-if the ISP is a legacy holder, it will have to become a member to request for IPv6 space. Last year, the AfriNIC Board of Directors approved a new fee schedule (eg, the first year fees is waived) to support requests from legacy space holders. They will also have incentives to recover the costs over 6 years.

14.00-15.30 IPv6 Presentations

IPv6 Presentation – Deploying IPv6 an an IPv4 world by Randy Bush

Randy Bush gave a presentation on the deployment of IPv6. He started by sharing the Internet Initiative Japan with various examples. He briefed the meeting about the RPKI in some details. He gave details of the Level 9 war and how the RIRs feel and gave his reasons why he cares. He also spoke about BGP Routing security. He gave a synopsis of his reasoning.

Randy also talked about the IPv4 Free Pool Run-out. He gave a graphical view of where we are today and what should have happened as compared to what is actually happening.

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IPv6 in converged Communication by John Loughney

John presented a chart showing the Global Mobile Internet Usage and Access. He stated that Mobile Communication is booming in Africa and went on to share some numbers and evolution since 2005. The African continent has surpassed North America in terms of mobile subscriber numbers. He pointed the impact of such growth on IP resources. He gave a brief on NAT “keeps alive messages” and NATs usage limitations. He talked about IPv6 Open Issues in Mobile Networks.

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IPv6 usage recent statistics by Jordi Palet Martinez

Jordi started by explaining about 6meter: Measuring Real Global IPv6 Traffic and it application, the types of traffic. He went on to explain the Capturing of packets. He also provided monthly statistics of IPv6 vs IPv4.

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IPv6 in .CO.ZA Registry by Mark Elkins

Mark set out the overview of what IPv6 for a registry entails and the issues surrounding existing infrastructures. He talked about the Critical Path of Registries, DNS Resolution and Policies.

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15.45-16.00 ARIN Update by Ray Plzak

The Chair of the session, Viv Padayatchy, invited Ray Plzak, President/CEO of ARIN, to come forward for his intervention. He accessed his presentation on the latest ARIN report being circulated to the audience. Ray covered the various topics covered in the report. He informed that ARIN conducted an IPv6 penetration survey in its region, results of which are available online on the ARIN IPv6 wiki. The report also included the ARIN XXI policy discussions taken place in Denver; the policies discussed as well as their status are indicated in the report. Ray informed that the ARIN policy development process has been documented since 2000. The report stated the latest revision brought to the ARIN PDP process. He also gave a review of several other topics covered in the report, namely the Project X Live Demo (ARIN new web interface) as well as the outreach activities. Ray finished his report by inviting the attendees to next ARIN XXII meeting to be held from 15-17 October in Los Angeles.

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16.00-17.00 Policies Discussions

Policy proposal 1: Global Policy for the Allocation of the
Remaining IPv4 Address Space by Haitham El Nakhal (NTRA)

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Introduction: Policy defines distribution last pieces of IPv4 address space to RIRs.
AfriNIC-7 discussed two proposals for same concept; one was for 2*/8 for each RIR
and another for one */8 for each RIR. N=2 for each RIR reached consensus but after ARIN meeting, ARIN advisory council advised to work with JPNIC on the same concept with N=1.

How does the new new policy proposal work?

IANA reserves one /8 for each RIR and set them out of its free pool. And IANA will keep applying the same policy until its free pool becomes empty or until the request of an RIR can’t be fulfilled with its remaining available pool.

Status in other RIR:
ARIN: consensus was reached during ARIN XXI and approved by ARIN AC.
RIPE: Discussed in mailing lists and will be discussed in next meeting.
LACNIC: Consensus was reached during last meeting.
APNIC: Under discussion in mailing list and will be discussed in APNIC-26.

Vincent Ngundi opened the floor for discussion by the community to see if consensus could be reached during the meeting..

    Questions/Comments that were raised in relation to this policy came from:

  • Randy Bush, the current chair of the APNIC policy working group, who asked for more explanation on the actual purpose of this policy and he emphasized on planning of the /8 by RIRs. He also commented that though N=1 is going to be hard to get through RIPE, so he suggested to compromise with N=1.

  • Mouhamet Diop asked for a summary of the policy and a comment which was raised by Randy. Haitham gave a summary on the working principle of this policy and further elaborated by giving an example: If the free pool of IANA has one /8 and they get a request from an RIR for IPv4 and will allocate the last /8 to that RIR and at the same time will allocate a /8 to each RIR from the reserved pool.

  • Mouhamet Diop was not in favour of this policy as he thought that Africa was disadvantaged in the past, and it is only now that mobile and broadband networks are expanding. In the past, people who were ready for deployment took the space when Africa was not ready.

  • Randy Bush said that it needed to be a global policy. Given a choice N=1 or none, there was a need to choose one.

  • Alan Barrett said that he supported what Randy said. Global policy meant that exactly the same wording passes in all regions before it takes effect. There was a need to either pick something which will pass in all regions or pass a complete new proposal.

  • A Member of ARIN advisory council reported that discussions took place in ARIN’s mailing list. He agreed that it was a disadvantage for African community who was late deployers. Choice will be between N=1 or 2 as N=1 has already passed two other RIRs. So, we need to have same wording.

  • Vincent Ngundi emphasised that it is important that consensus be reached during this meeting as it is currently N=0and we do not know what may happen between this and next meeting.

  • Mouhamet Diop stated that the community needed to come to a compromise situation, with open possibility to share the way all think about managing the free pool. In his opinion, the best decision would be to adopt N=1.
  • Mark Elkins stated that in Durban, the issue was also largely discussed about the options of N=2 or 3. If it is seen that other regions have adopted N=1, and the alternative is N=0, it should be pretty clear cut that the community should go for N=1 which is a lot better than none.

  • Randy Bush said that he has been in Africa for 20 years because he cares about fairness. If we care of fairness, we will run out of IPv6 before this discussion finishes.

  • Michuki Mwangi said he was of opinion that N=1 would be in favour of the community and that the proposal should be considered in a positive way.

Vincent concluded that, based on the discussions, it can be stated that consensus was reached. There would be no need to vote each and every time unless, the community had substantial objection.

Policy proposal 2: Vincent presenting on behalf of Tony Hain-Cisco

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This policy establishes the process for RIR-to-RIR redistribution of the tail-end of the IPv4 pool effective after the IANA Reserve is exhausted. Each redistribution allocation will be triggered by the recipient RIR depleting its reserve to a 30-day supply, and will result in up to a 3-month supply being transferred from the RIR with the longest remaining time before it exhausts its own pool There has been no support in AfriNIC RPD mailing list. Some notable comments on AfriNIC mailing list:

McTim: “Clearly, this proposal has downsides for our community. If we accept this, then the last /8(s) given to AfriNIC by the IANA will be shared by the other RIRs with higher burn rates.”
Randy: “one /8 per RIR at the end proposal seems useful, David Conrad's soft landing proposal seems reasonable but the real problem is the vendors”

Status on other RIRs:
ARIN : Rejected
APNIC : Rejected
RIPE : under discussion,
LACNIC: not discussed
AfriNIC: to be determined today.
Note: This policy cannot go through due to Global Policy Development Process as it has been rejected in at least one region.

Similar or related polices
Global Distribution of Remaining IANA IPv4 Address Space
David Conrad’s Soft Landing Proposal

    Questions/Comments that were raised in relation to this policy came from:

  • Alain Barrett asked if a representative from LACNIC could tell the audience about the policy proposal as he did not think the soft landing has been proposed in the AfriNIC region.

  • Randy stated that the proposal should be rejected.

  • Mohamed Diop saw the policy as a good opportunity for African organisations to get address space and collaborate.

  • LACNIC member informed that the policy never went to mailing list and was not discussed during the last meeting.

  • Alan Barrett addressed two questions; one to ARIN and the second one to AfriNIC. He wanted to know the current acceleration rate and the duration of a /8 for these two RIRs.

  • Ray Plzak from ARIN replied that it was about: 3-4 months and Adiel Akplogan from AfriNIC: 2 and half years globally.

  • Bill Woodcock said that this was entirely collaborative and would need good will from all RIRs.

  • Alan Barrett said that he was against the proposal and suggested to let RIR deal with their last /8 without transferring too much between each RIR.

  • Philip Smith said he would echo to what Alan said.

  • Ray Plzak informed that the proposal was rejected in ARIN region as it was thought to be unfair.

Vincent Ngundi stated that following discussions, the policy received adverse opinions and is rejected in the AfriNIC region. He then proceeded in closing the session.

Day 2 – 05 June 2008

09.00-09.05 Welcome & Announcements: by Adiel Akplogan

Adiel opened the second plenary day by renewing his gratitude to all the local host, connectivity partners and sponsors. He also thanked the sponsor of the social event held the previous evening and which was enjoyed by all present. He then presented the agenda for the day, which would include presentations by various presenters, the Finance report followed by the Board Members election. He urged all members of good standing eligible for voting to collect their ballot papers from the Registration desk.

09.15-09.30 LACNIC update by Ernesto Majo

Ernesto Majo, Communications Manager, started his presentation by giving a brief on the background of LACNIC activities. He then proceeded with the membership evolution reflecting movements in various categories. He then explained how LACNIC staff complement has changed with time in parallel to their membership growth. He also presented how their operating budget has also been growing and shared his views on LACNIC vision statement.

He further explained the various cooperation and development oriented activities engaged by LACNIC including the FRIDA program. He then gave an overview of the various modalities of the program like partnerships, projects and funding. He presented the eLAC project, its goals and its achievements. He elaborated on goal 15 with regards to IPv6 promotion and actions. He further stated that LACNIC joined the 6Deploy initiative. With regards to IPv6 deployment, Ernesto laid down their approach and the way LACNIC is pursuing its effort to promote its usage. He gave a brief on the LACNIC XI meeting in Brazil which was attended by some 289 participants from 30 different countries and other related organizations. He also listed the policies discussed during the meeting. He finished off by presenting the various projects under way.

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09.30-09.45 ASO- AC/NRO-NC Report – by Alan Barrett

Alan Barrett presented the ASO AC report. He started by giving a brief on the ASO-AC and explained that the membership consisted of 3 representatives from each RIR. He went on to give information about the website, the workings of its mailing list. He also shared with the audience the recent changes and the tasks ahead.

09.45-10.15 IGF Update – by Markus Kummer

Markus Kummer, the Executive Coordinator, Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) gave a brief of the IGF activities and explained that IGF was neither an organization nor a decision-making body and shared with the meeting the objectives of the IGF. Markus stated that one cross-cutting priority was the issue of development aiming at effective & meaningful participation by all countries in Internet governance and building capacity including technical & knowledge transfer, strengthening institutional frameworks at local & regional levels. He went on to say that all participants were engaged in a multi-stakeholder dialogue as equals. He pointed out that the main purpose of IGF meetings was to exchange ideas, sharing best practices and learning from one another. He described in details what IGF can offer and the impact that IGF can have on the community. He explained that although much of IGF discussions deal with international factors, national policies are equally important. Markus shared the fact that there is a growing interest in creating national and regional IGFs and list down some of the countries that have shown such interest.

He further said that IGF conducted two meetings so far and that the next meeting will be held in Asia. He stated that participation of such meeting can be by being part of a Dynamic Coalition - examples of such groups are “Stop Spam Alliance”, A2K@IGF, Dynamic Coalition on Child Online Safety etc. Meetings are held under five broad themes ie Access, Diversity, Security, Openness and Critical Internet resources. Markus stressed on the value of the IGF as a multi-stakeholder platform where people and organizations can come and discuss together issues of concern that affect the internet.

He then gave a brief on the Rio Meeting and in particular, on events organized by African stakeholders, AfriNIC, ISOC, AfTLD, AfNOG etc. He said that there was also a presentation from Kenya in the Best Practices Forum. He presented the Agenda for the forthcoming meeting in Asia and shared with the meeting ways to participate in various discussions.

Markus presentation was well received by all participants and from the floor. There was hope that his presence could become a regular feature in future meetings.

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