The AFRINIC Government Working Group (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
How to register on AFGWG Discussion Mailing list?
There are three ways to subscribe to AFRINIC Government Working Group:
- Filling the online form which can be obtained by clicking the link https://lists.afrinic.net/mailman/listinfo/afgwg-discuss
- Request your registration on-site during an AFGWG meeting by providing your name, position, organisation, country, email.
How could governments obtain their own IP addresses?
African government are encouraged to have their own public IP resources directly from AFRINIC to develop their governmental internet networks.
Please find as follows, the process that a government entity must follow to become an AFRINIC resource member and get their own IP addresses: https://afrinic.net/become-member#eligibility
How could governments benefit free assistance from AFRINIC?
- IPv6 Deployment: https://learn.afrinic.net/#h4advance-my-countryh4hr-government--task-force
- Internet Research: https://afrinic.net/research
- Policies developed by the AFRINIC community: https://afrinic.net/policy
- AFRINIC IP Resources statistics: https://afrinic.net/stats
- AFRINIC membership Statistics: https://afrinic.net/stats/membership
Subsequently, several more meetings have been held back to back with AFRINIC Public Policy Meetings:
22 - Online - 27 May 2021
21 - Luanda, Angola - December 2019
20 - Kampala, Uganda - June 2019
19 - Hammamet, Tunisia- November 2018
18 - Dakar, Senegal - May 2018
17 - Lagos, Nigeria - November 2017
16 - Nairobi, Kenya - June 2017
15 - Mauritius, Volmar - November 2016
14 - Gaborone, Botswana- June 2016
13 - Congo, Pointe Noire - November 2015
12 - Tunis, Tunisia - June 2015
11- Mauritius, Ebene - November 2014
10 - Djibouti, Republic of Djibouti - June 2014
9 - Côte D'Ivoire, Abidjan - November 2013
8 - Zambia, Lusaka - June 2013
7 - Sudan, Khartoum - November 2012
6 - The Gambia, Serekunda – May 2012
5 - Cameroon, Yaoundé – November 2011
4 - Tanzania, Dar es Salaam – June 2011
3 - South Africa, Johannesburg – November 2010
2 - Rwanda, Kigali – June 2010
1 - Mauritius, Ebène - January 2010