AFRINIC Government Working Group (AFGWG)

AFRINIC Government Working Group (AFGWG)

What is the AFRINIC Government Working Group?

afgwg logoThe AFRINIC Government Working Group (AfGWG: https://afrinic.net/committees/afgwg) was set up in January 2010 by AFRINIC, the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) responsible for the management of IP resources in Africa.

The AfGWG is a dedicated platform for open and interactive discussions between AFRINIC, African governments, ICT regulators and Law Enforcement Authorities. Given the rapid growth of the Internet and its impact on Africa’s socio-economic development, it is critical that African ICT stakeholders work together to formulate, discuss and develop mechanisms and policies for the proper and effective management of Internet resources.

 

Objectives of the Working Group

  • To strengthen the collaboration between AFRINIC and African Governments and Regulators to promote sustainable and secure Internet development in Africa.
  • To address collaboratively the general Internet governance challenges faced within the region, particularly those related to Internet number resources.

 

Why attend an AfGWG meeting?

The AfGWG meetings are an opportunity for Governments, Regulators and Law Enforcement Authorities to take stock of current and new activities/initiatives (for example IPv6 deployment for Government, Internet Measurement for Regulators, capacity and training programmes) as well as outcomes of important meetings and negotiations at both regional and international levels. The meetings also enable the sharing of regional/international best practices and help, inter alia, in the establishment of appropriate ICT programmes to address African needs in terms of IP resources.

 

Who should attend AFGWG meeting?

The AFGWG Meetings are open to:

  • Government Officials dealing with ICT matters
  • ICT Regulators & policymakers
  • Regional ICT Organisations
  • Law Enforcement Agencies

Invitations to AFRINIC Government Working Group (AfGWG) meetings are mainly sent to contacts registered in the government discussion mailing list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

How to register on AFGWG Discussion Mailing list?

AFRINIC manages the mailing list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) that is open to anybody who has an interest in the activities of AFRINIC Government Working Groups such as

  • Government Officials dealing with ICT matters
  • ICT Regulators & policymakers
  • Regional ICT Organisations
  • Law Enforcement Agencies

There are three ways to subscribe to AFRINIC Government Working Group:

  1. Filling the online form which can be obtained by clicking the link https://lists.afrinic.net/mailman/listinfo/afgwg-discuss
  2. By email: you can send a request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with the Header word “subscribe to AFRINIC Government Working Group”
  3. Request your registration on-site during an AFGWG meeting by providing your name, position, organisation, country, email.

 

Upcoming Meeting

The 21st AFRINIC Government Working Group Meeting will be held on 2nd December 2019, in Luanda, Angola, under the aegis of The Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology of Angola (MTTI). To attend the 21stAFGWG meeting, please drop an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the Header word “Confirmation of attendance at ” 21st AFGWG meeting on 2nd December 2019 in Luanda, ”. Please provide your name, position, organisation, country, email.

 

Previous Meetings

AFGWG Meetings are by-invite only. The first AfGWG Meeting was held in January 2010 in Ebene, Mauritius. Subsequently, several more meetings have been held back to back with AFRINIC Public Policy Meetings:

  1. Kampala, Uganda - June 2019
  2. Hammamet, Tunisia- November 2018
  3. Dakar, Senegal - May 2018
  4. Lagos, Nigeria - November 2017
  5. Nairobi, Kenya - June 2017
  6. Mauritius, Volmar - November 2016
  7. Gaborone, Botswana- June 2016
  8. Congo, Pointe Noire - November 2015
  9. Tunis, Tunisia - June 2015
  10. Mauritius, Ebene - November 2014
  11. Djibouti, Republic of Djibouti - June 2014
  12. Côte D'Ivoire, Abidjan - November 2013
  13. Zambia, Lusaka - June 2013
  14. Sudan, Khartoum - November 2012
  15. The Gambia, Serekunda – May 2012
  16. Cameroon, Yaoundé – November 2011
  17. Tanzania, Dar es Salaam – June 2011
  18. South Africa, Johannesburg – November 2010
  19. Rwanda, Kigali – June 2010
  20. Mauritius, Ebène - January 2010

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