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 THIS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (“MOU”) is entered into by and between
THE NUMBER RESOURCE ORGANIZATION (“NRO”) and AFRINIC, LTD., a newly
formed Regional internet Registry for the African Region (“AFRINIC”).
WHEREAS, the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), The American
Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), the Latin American Internet Addresses
Registry (LACNIC) and the Reseaux IP europeens Network Coordination (RIPE NCC)
(collectively the “Founding RIR”s) formed the Number Resource Organization for
the purposes set forth in a Memorandum of Understanding of October 24, 2003
(“NRO MOU”);
WHEREAS, the NRO MOU expressly contemplates that additional RIRs to the
founding RIRs shall acquire the same legal status that the founding RIRs have in
relation to the NRO, upon the Executive Council of the NRO finding the additional
RIRs meet the criteria and follow the process set forth in the NRO MOU, and the new
RIR executes the current version of the NRO MOU;

WHEREAS, AFRINIC wishes to participate in the NRO;
WHEREAS, the NRO, through the Founding RIRs, whishes to recognize

AFRINIC as member of the NRO; and WHEREAS, on April 08, 2005, AfriNIC received
full recognition for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
(“ICANN”) as a Regional Internet Registry (“RIR”).
NOW, THEREFORE, the parties to the MOU agree as follows;
1. The Founding RIRs agree to provide recognition and approval of AfriNIC as NRO
member.
2. AFRINIC agrees to execute the current version of the NRO MOU, attached hereto
as Exhibit 1 and incorporated herein by reference, and agrees to support all
purposes, policies and responsibilities of the NRO, and participate as a RIR,
including bearing some portion of the expenses of the NRO, as set forth and as
contemplated by, the NRO MOU, recognizing that AfriNIC’s current financial
condition does not permit it to pay a pro rata share of such expenses, and its
contribution will initially be limited to a symbolic financial contribution which will
be decided by the Founding RIRs within ninety days of the signing of this MoU. It
is acknowledged that AFRINIC as a RIR added to the NRO after the founding
members shall assume the last position in the rotation of the Chair of the NRO
Executive Council, as set forth in the NRO MOU. Further, AFRINIC, as an RIR,
shall be entitled to select three individuals to the NRO Number Council, as
described in the NRO MOU

 

AGREED on this 25th day of April 2005
The Number Resource Organization AfriNIC, Ltd.
By:___________________________    By:__________________________
Axel Pawlick, Chair NRO EC                                    Adiel A. Akplogan, CEO