Monday, July 03, 2017


The African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) has renewed its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the African Regional At-Large Organisation (AFRALO) to recommit to continuous to work together in improving the development of Internet ecosystem in the region, reports ITRealms.

AFRINIC, ITRealms reports, is the regional Internet registry (RIR) for Africa with headquarter in Ebene City, Mauritius, while AFRALO prides itself as the home of the individual Internet user community for the African region and who are interested in the developments within the Internet Cooperation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) as a way of contributing to shaping the future of the Internet.

ITRealms also reports that the renewed MoU was signed by the duo of registry’s chief executive officer, Mr. Alan Barrett and AFRALO chairman, Dr. Abudelaziz Hilali, who doubles as the president of Moroccan Internet Society at the ICANN public policy forum which ended in Johannesburg at the weekend.

The initial collaboration MoU, ITRealms gathered, was signed since 2013 and latest is expected to build upon the strong foundations already in place, continuing the commitment to work together and combining efforts for the benefit of the AFRINIC community and the AFRALO At-Large community.

In the MoU, AFRINIC and AFRALO agree to continue conducting capacity building events, create awareness and promote regional and global participation for Africa’s Internet stakeholders on matters of Internet development.

In his remarks at the signing ceremony, AFRINIC CEO, Barrett, commended the ongoing collaboration between the two, saying that it has provided a broader platform for advancing the case for Internet and development in Africa.

“As our communities and focus areas overlap considerably, it is in our mutual interests to come together to create and share awareness and encourage participation in African and global Internet governance matters,” he said.

In his own part, the AFRALO chair, Hilali appreciated AFRINIC for previous support and collaboration and commended the decision to advance this path, saying it’s for the benefit of the region.

In attendance to witness the ceremony was the chairman, AFRINIC Board, Mr. Sunday Folayan and At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) chairman, Alan Greenberg among others.

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Pix 1: AFRINIC CEO Alan Barrett in handshake with AFRALO chairman Aziz Hilali while ALAC chair Alan Greenberg looks on after the signing.
Pix 2: The signing proper taking place.

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