AFRINIC Government Working Group (AFGWG)

AFRINIC Government Working Group (AFGWG)

What is the AFRINIC Government Working Group?

afgwg logoThe 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, to provide a platform for open and interactive discussions between AFRINIC, African governments and ICT regulators. 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.

The AfGWG meetings are an opportunity for Governments and Regulators to take stock of current and new activities/initiatives (for example IPv6 deployment, 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.

 

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.

 

AfGWG Focal Points

Some 30 countries have designated AfGWG focal points and it is hoped that all economies will have at least one focal point represented at the working group level. The network of focal points will serve as the main communication channel for the exchange of views and best practices.

The main objectives of the AfGWG are:

1. To strengthen the collaboration between AFRINIC and African Governments and Regulators

2. To create a dynamic framework to address

(i) General Internet Governance challenges faced within the region

(ii) Specifically those internet governance issues related to Internet Number Resources

 

Why attend an AfGWG meeting?

To participate in interactive discussions with regional Internet stakeholders and the community on issues such as the:

  • secure and sustainable Internet development in the African region 
  • the impact that the steady growth of the Internet is having on the socio-economic development, calling for enhanced collaboration between all the stakeholders mainly policy makers in the region
  • to learn how IP resources are being managed in the region

 

Who should attend?

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

 

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 & policy makers
  • Regional ICT Organisations
  • Law Enforcement Agencies

 

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

 

Upcoming Meeting 

The 21st AFRINIC Government Working Group Meeting will be held on 2nd December 2019, in Luanda, Angola, under the aegis of the The Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology of Angola (MTTI). For your attendance  to 21stAFGWG meeting, please drop an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with the Subject "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:

  • Kampala, Uganda - June 2019
  • Hammamet, Tunisia- November 2018
  • Dakar, Senegal - May 2018
  • Lagos, Nigeria - November 2017
  • Nairobi, Kenya - June 2017
  • Mauritius, Volmar - November 2016
  • Gaborone, Botswana- June 2016 
  • Congo, Pointe Noire - November 2015
  • Tunis, Tunisia - June 2015
  • Mauritius, Ebene - November 2014
  • Djibouti, Republic of Djibouti - June 2014
  • Côte D'Ivoire, Abidjan - November 2013
  • Zambia, Lusaka - June 2013
  • Sudan, Khartoum - November 2012
  • The Gambia, Serekunda – May 2012
  • Cameroon, Yaoundé – November 2011
  • Tanzania, Dar es Salaam – June 2011
  • South Africa, Johannesburg – November 2010
  • Rwanda, Kigali – June 2010
  • Mauritius, Ebène - January 2010

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