Meeting Cape Town 2000
Present: Pierre Mootobe - Congo
Haja RAMBOASALAMA - Madagascar
Cyriaque Kouma - Gabon
Yann Kwok - Mauritius
Theo Kramer - South Africa
Tarek Kamel - Egypt
Andrew McLaughlin - USA
Nii Quaynor - Ghana
Alan Barrett - South Africa
Pierre Dandjinou - Benin
Charles Musisi - Uganda
The members present introduced themselves and gave a background of what they do professionally. Tarek started the meeting by stating that we need concrete milestones, and need to deliver, showing both the African and International community that we're serious. He proposed to host the next AfriNIC in Jan 2002 in Cairo, setting this date as a target by which AfriNIC will be operational. Andrew said that he would like to stay in close touch with AfriNIC and offered to provide further assistance if required. He hopes to see AfriNIC incorporated within a year, and getting full support of the African continent. He shared some of his experience with LAC-NIC so that we can avoid repeating the same mistakes. There are 12 people in the board to get the work done. We should try to meet personally, set deadlines and focus on spefic areas. The technical, structural and policy sections should be separated, and we shouldn't let a delay in a specific section affect the others. He said that RIPE support comes with a pre-condition: that AfriNIC needs to market upfront and early- making it easier for RIPE to spend the funds from Africa. Thus we need to reach out more towards the members (ie, the ISP's). An update from LACNIC: It has been incorporated in Uruguay as a non-profit association. This country is seen as neutral, with favourable laws for currency transactions and banking. The location of the operation suggested is Sao Palo in Brazil. They got consensus to have the operations centre in Brazil, with the technical training in Mexico. The operations centre has been sponsored by the Brazil NIC, a non-profit, well-marketed NIC in which the money stays and is used for graduate fellows. Through this sponsorship, LACNIC has a two-year window for funding. Their mistakes: LACNIC did not spend enough time with ISP's. They should have got a list from ARIN, and communicated with a senior person of the member organisation (not technical) to get them to support and commit with LAC-NIC. They should have convinced people that the level of service they'll get will be at least as good as what they're getting currently.
2. ACTIVITY PLAN
2.1 Write letters to ISP (marketing)
2.2 Have a body of young, trained hostmasters - some staff turnover should be expected, so a strong training programme should be set up. This may benefit the ISP's as they will get access to trained staff.
3. CRITICAL MILESTONES FOR ICANN
3.1 Submit a transition plan [leading to intermediate recognition as a RIR] 3.2 After the transition, full recognition can then be seeked. In essence, it is a confidence-building exercise As far as location (bylaws and operations) is concerned, Andrew suggested looking for legal expertise in the field, such as a consultancy or legal firm to study the various countries in the continent and suggest an appropriate one.
4. PARTICIPANTS' COMMENTS
4.1 ALAN BARRETT
a) suggested the following milestones: June 2001: get 50% of funding promised July 2001: transition plan submitted to ICANN Aug 2001: 2 engineers selected and sent to RIPE b) stressed the need for a business manager, with better secretarial support to: - follow up outstanding tasks - expand our support to ISP's - be in touch with other RIR's c) suggested the need for a budget and a business plan (what to spend, how expense will be funded, what equipment needed, etc) d) AfriNIC should be incorporated properly - Ghana incorporation is only interim. We need to research an appropriate jurisdiction and this is needed before the engineers are sent to RIPE. e) Alternatively, we can take two existing hostmasters from RIPE to handle the AfriNIC work.
4.2 PIERRE DANDJINOU
1) We need to document the transition plan, defining steps, targets and responsibilities 2) We have a communication and outreach problem - we could communicate more to the potential members and interested parties 3) There is no link between AFNOG and AFRINIC - so far they've just co-located their events. This can be separated now.
4.3 CHARLES MUSISI
1) We need more communications amongst the BoT. Our communications is "dis-jointed" at best. A clear assignment task should be given.
We're currently in a crisis-mode, and thus need a warplan. He suggested to have the BoT broken down into separate sub-committees, viz: a) LIR Committee For the outreach programme, contacting each RIR member, and possibly organise a face-to-face meeting b) Technical Committee For planning the operations, transition and establish liasons with the RIR's technical staff c) Publication Committee For the translations of documents and correspondence to the community, publishing a status report every month. We should have chairs for each committee and distribute the workload, reporting monthly. It is essential that there is regular communications to the community.
5. ASSIGNMENT OF RESPONSIBILITIES
Business/Finance: a) Theo Kramer b) Tarek Kamel RIR Liason: a) Alan Barrett [RIPE/ARIN] b) Yann Kwok [APNIC] LIR & Outreach: a) Charles Musisi b) Pierre Dandjinou Technical: a) Alan Barrett b) Pierre Mootobe Publications: PierreDandjinou Haja RAMBOASALAM Meeting adjourned.