The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Union Commission (AUC), government of the Arab Republic of Egypt through the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the African sub-regional IGFs are set to hold the first African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF 2012) on October 3 to 4 October, 2012 in Cairo, Egypt.
The event is expected to bring together participants from all over the continent to define Africa’s collective common position on Internet Governance and share best practices based on the results of national and sub-regional consultations. The conference will be preceded by pre-conference workshops in the afternoon of 2 October 2012 and will be held at the Smart Village, Cairo.
Presently, there are five regional initiatives that are ongoing in Africa; which include the West Africa Internet Governance Forum (WAIGF), the East Africa Internet Governance Forum (EAIGF), Forum de Gouvernance de l’Internet en Afrique Centrale (FGI-CA), the Southern Africa Internet Governance Forum (SAIGF) and the North Africa Internet Governance Forum (NAIGF).
These sub-regional initiatives together with AfIGF will support and promote the consolidation of on-going national initiatives and also reach out to continental and global stakeholders for Africa’s better participation in IGF.
Details about the forum are available here.
The Africa Internet Governance Forum will follow the East Africa Internet Governance Forum (EAIGF) which was held in Nairobi July 17-18 at Jacaranda Hotel and hosted co-hosted by Kenya’s Ministry of Information and Communication and the Africa Telecommunications Union (ATU-UAT).