By on 16 Sep 2015

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AFRINIC’s Alan Barrett, CEO, and Arthur Carindal, Head of Member Services, visited the APNIC Secretariat office this week on route home from APNIC 40 in Jakarta.

Alan was appointed CEO of AFRINIC in April this year after several years serving on the Board. He was also one of the four authors of the proposal to form AFRINIC in 1997.

“Arthur and I are using this opportunity to learn from APNIC Secretariat, which we can take back and implement in our offices in Mauritius,” says Alan.

“We are observing how the APNIC Secretariat works, how different teams are managed, as well as the various training materials and workshops on offer. Most importantly, we are learning about how they interact with their Members.”

Alan and Arthur’s recent visit is the latest of a number of collaborative RIR representative visits that APNIC has hosted over the years. Alan says such collaboration is important to enhance the service provided to the global Numbers Community, many of which transcend RIR borders.

Reflecting on the recent APNIC 40 conference, Alan says he was impressed with how much was packed into the three days.

“AFRINIC’s conferences are fairly similar with keynotes, local and international presentations, BoFs, as well as policy discussions on the final day.

“In terms of policy, there is obviously more discussion surrounding IPv4 policy within our community at the moment, given we have far more resources available than all the other RIRs.”

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Alan says he intends to raise awareness of such policy, in particular policy surrounding how it is allocated in the lead up to AFRINIC-23 Public Policy Meeting, held from 28 November to 4 December 2015.

“There is an opportunity to improve the way we allocate resources to our Members, so we are looking at ways we can streamline that.

“For this to happen though, we need input from our community as they are the ones who develop policy that can lead to such changes. So I will be encouraging more of the community to voice their policy ideas.”

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