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The African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) has concluded the ‘’AFRINIC Members Connect' held from 22 - 24 November 2022. The theme of the online meeting was “Educate and Network", and it was an opportunity to engage with our Members.

AFRINIC Billing Webinar 2022

In preparation for the 2023 annual membership invoicing, AFRINIC organised a webinar on 26th October 2022  to engage with its members, through their registered billing contacts.

 

The objective was to raise awareness of the billing timeline and address some recurring issues. The webinar focussed on the following:

Measuring the Internet in AFRICA

Eugene Bogomazov from Qrator Labs presented a paper during the African Peering and Interconnection Forum that took place on August 23, 2022. The paper highlights the results and conclusions of measurements taken from several networks in African countries. We publish these results here through this blog. 

 

PeeringDB 2022 User Survey

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PeeringDB wants input from everyone who uses our interconnection database. Our anonymous survey is now open until 23:59 UTC on 16 October 2022.

We would like your feedback to help us make PeeringDB more useful to everyone involved in connecting networks.

We had about 250 responses to last year’s survey, which helped guide our product development.


Key changes delivered so far in 2022 include:

We’ve also published more documents in our how-to documentation series.

Steve McManus, PeeringDB Product Committee Chair, says: "The 2021 survey helped us focus development where it was most needed. We used it to develop our roadmap. We are still implementing things we have learned from previous surveys but want your input on how we should adapt. Please take a few moments of your time to help us make PeeringDB a better service!”

 In 2022 we have added a couple of extra questions. We'd like to know how many people usePeeringDB at your organization. We'd also like to know how you use it: web, API, or via a local cache. We will use your answers to focus development work where it is most needed.

The survey is available in the six UN languages, Portuguese and Ukrainian. Please provide comments in whatever language you want to express yourself.

We’ll share the results and the new product roadmap early in 2023.

So CLICK HERE to help guide PeeringDB’s future development.

If you have an idea to improve PeeringDB, you can share it on our low-traffic mailing lists or create an issue directly on GitHub. If you find a data quality issue, please let us know This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PeeringDB is a freely available, user-maintained database of networks and the go-to location for interconnection data. The database facilitates the global interconnection of networks at Internet Exchange Points (IXPs), data centres, and other interconnection facilities and is the first stop in making interconnection decisions.

 

 

  

 

 

On 21st July 2022, AFRINIC organised a finance webinar with its resource members. The main focus of the webinar was to give members further explanation on questions raised on the financials during the last AGMM. Discussions were also focused on the non-adoption of the Audited Financial Statements for the year ending 31 December 2021. One of the questions that AFRINIC believed needed more clarity to the members was the difference of USD 16K in the finance report published on the website and the audited financial statements in the strategic cash reserves section.

 audit img1The difference in the above table represents accrued interest adjustment provided by the auditors after completing the audit exercise.

 

 The webinar was attended by 62 AFRINIC Resource Members from 62 Organizations in 28 countries.

finance webinar stats 2022q2 2Image showing the Webinar statistics

 

Hosted by the AFRINIC Finance Team, the webinar provided insights on the AFRINIC accounts that were audited by the company’s auditors BDO Mauritius and further explained the discrepancies between the unaudited finance report published on the website and the Audited Financial Statements that were raised by Members, during the AGMM and on the AFRINIC mailing lists conveying the possible impacts of the unadopted financials to AFRINIC.

 

A series of polls took place to engage further with the Members present in the webinar. From these polls, we noted:

  1. Only 22 members in the webinar interacted with the AFRINIC 2021 Financials.
  2. Out of the members present in the webinar, only six members participated in the previous AGMM.
  3. Not all members in the webinar were familiar with voting on the MyAFRINIC Platform.
  4. From the webinar, the members expressed satisfaction with the explanation of the Financial Audits given.

 

In light of the above, we prepared a short video that guides how Resource Members can vote on the MyAFRINIC Platform.

Below are a few links that you could find helpful if you missed or need references for the webinar.

  1. AFRINIC Audited Accounts 2021
  2. Audio Recording of the Webinar

 

AFRINIC would like to thank all the members who participated in the AFRINIC Finance webinar. We shall inform you of other upcoming webinars on our key activities during the year.

 

 

 

The recently concluded Annual General Member’s meeting raised queries over the AFRINIC Audited accounts for 2021. We wrote to our Resource Members and collected several questions on the Finance audit. Out of which, a few questions came through, and valid responses were given. The Team felt that it would be essential to hold a webinar to better engage with our Resource Members on matters of finances.

The webinar will take place on 21st July 2022 at 12:00 UTC on the Zoom Platform and will provide an update based on the following agenda:

  • Audit report for the financial year ended 31st December 2021.
  • Questions on mailing lists concerning the financials.
  • Way forward

 

This is a closed meeting, and all Resource Members are invited to engage in the webinar.

Registration for this webinar will be available on the MyAFRINIC portal and the Members’ Discuss Mailing List.

 

Why it matters

With the finances for 2021 not adopted, this will mean that we will seek to have our membership adopt our finances at the SGMM. Section 115 (5) of the Companies Act 2001 provides that where the financial statements are not approved at the annual meeting, they shall be presented at a further special meeting called by the Board.

Usually, a financial statement would not be approved at an annual meeting if, by the time the meeting is being held, the company had not yet received its audited financial statement. Under these circumstances, section 115(5) of the Companies Act 2001 caters for a company to present its audited financial statement once it is available. In our case, it is different. The member base has simply rejected the audit exercise conducted by the company’s auditor, which has thus given rise to an unprecedented situation, not to mention the reputational risk associated with it.

Be that as it may, AFRINIC does intend to file audited finances for the financial year ended 31 December 2021 in line with best corporate governance practices. For that, AFRINIC requires the collaboration and understanding of its key stakeholders.

 

This is also following the AFRINIC Bylaws:

7.6) The Registered Members and Resource Members shall, at Annual General Members’ Meetings or by way of written resolutions, in addition to the rights conferred by Articles 7.1 and 7.2, have the right to:

  • consider and adopt by Ordinary Resolution the financial statements of the Company;
  • receive any auditor’s report;
  • consider the annual report;
  • determine, by Ordinary Resolution, the general policies for fulfilling the objects of the Company;
  • approve, in accordance with Section 130 of the Act, a major transaction;

 

As such, it is essential to have as many resource members, if not all, in the webinar. This will help us respond to your queries and clarify issues related to the AFRINIC Audited 2021 finances and await the adoption of the audit in the Special General Members Meeting (SGMM), whose date is yet to be announced.

 

An approximate timeline of activities

Based on the prevailing situation in AFRINIC, this is the probable plan of activities leading to the SGMM. The timeline of activities below is presented as:

Probable Date/MonthActivity
21st July 2022 AFRINIC Finance Webinar
Subject to AFRINIC having a properly constituted board of directors Special General Members Meeting for the adoption of the 2021 finances.

 

We hope to see you in the upcoming webinar and other subsequent events, as your participation is essential for the digital growth of Africa.

Should you have any questions, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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