The National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) is hosting the 6th meeting of the African Internet Governance Forum 2017 (AFIGF2017)
in the period from 4 to 6 December in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. The Forum aims to act as a platform and podium for comprehensive multilateral dialogues and discussions on Internet-related issues in Africa in general and Internet governance issues in particular.
The African IGF (AFIGF) has specific objectives that it aims to achieve, mainly, raising citizens’ awareness of internet governance and boosting capacity building for the internet governance for African users to ensure that all stakeholders contribute and interact therein. In addition, the AFIGF is exerting all efforts to ensure that the concerns and interests of African countries are taken into account in the internet governance process in a way that promotes a dialogue model among all stakeholders on Internet governance in Africa through regional and national forums.
The African Internet Governance space has gone through different phases through the WSIS process with regional meetings held from 2002 to 2005 in Bamako, Accra, Addis Ababa, Cairo, Johannesburg, Douala and Tunis. Within the global IGF initiative, Africa has hosted IGF in Egypt (2009) and in Kenya (2011). The AFIGF was launched in September 2011 to address the need for such forum that intends to promote and consolidate ongoing regional initiatives. It is worth mentioning that the African IGF Forum is usually held at least one month before the global Internet Governance Forum (IGF).