AFREN MEETING 2008

Introduction

Organised by the AAU in cooperation with AfNOG and AfriNIC, AfREN 2008 is held on 31 May and 1 June 2008 at Ecole Mohammedia des Ingénieurs in Rabat, Morocco.

The IDRC funded meeting –with additional resources provided by the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa and NSRC- is a platform for building an all-inclusive African research and education networking community that addresses collectively issues like collaboration, access to bandwidth and other critical resources at affordable prices, capacity building and content development.

This year’s programme also includes a roundtable on policy, with higher education institutions’ leaders, regulators, representatives of regional economic communities, representatives of development agencies and representatives of the civil society as panellists.

 

Programme / Presentations

AfREN 2008, Ecole Mohammedia des Ingenieurs, Rabat, Morocco

31 May - 1 June 2008
Agenda

Saturday 31 May 2008
09:00 – 09:15 Session 0: Welcome - Host (Prof. Mohamed Tahiri), AAU (Boubakar Barry), AfNOG (Nii Quaynor), AfriNIC (Adiel Akplogan)
Chair: Mohamed Tahiri (EMI)
   
09:15 – 09:30

Session 1: Review of actions planned at AfREN 2007
Chair: Mohamed Tahiri (EMI)

  Presentations
    Boubakar Barry (AAU): Review of action items from afREN 2007
    Ayite Bulley (AfNOG): AfNOG@ AfREN 2008
   
10:30 - 11:00 Break
   
11:00 – 12:30 Session 2: Update on national/regional initiatives: ongoing REN establishment processes, experience sharing, success stories, challenges:
Chair: Alex Corenthin (ESP-UCAD):
  Presentations
    Redouane Merrouch (CNRST): MARWAN Moroccan REN
    Nezar Sami (Egyptian Research & Education Network) : EREN - Businesses Go Global
    Duncan Martin (UbuntuNet Alliance): REN Connectivity - Connecting to the RENs of the World
    Tiémoman Koné (Côte d’Ivoire): Network for Higher Education and Research in Cote d’Ivoire
    Mumuni Dakubu (Ghana): The Resurrection of GARNET
    Aminu Ibrahim (Nigeria): Update on the NREN establishment process in Nigeria
    Ibrahima Niang (Senegal): National Research and Education Network in Senegal (SenRER)
   
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
   
14:00 – 15:30 Session 3: Optimal management and use of critical resources in campus networks: IP resources, bandwidth, power
Chair: Redouane Merrouch (CNRST)
  Presentations
    Adiel Akplogan (AfriNIC): Maniging IP resources in the AfriNIC region
    Martin Belcher (INASP): Optimal management and use of critical resources in campus networks: bandwidth management and optimisation
    Ukaegbu Ogwo (Solartime Electric Ltd): Optimal management and use of critical resources in campus networks in Africa: The power supply factor
   
15:30 - 16:00 Break
   
16:00 - 17:30 Session 4: REN Clinic
Chair: Mumuni Dakubu (UG Legon)
  Presentations
    Dale Smith (UO): Research and Education Networks Best Practices
    Duncan Martin (TENET): REN Connectivity Connecting to the RENs of the World
 
Sunday 1 June 2008
   
09:00 – 10:30 Session 5: International cooperation: lessons from other parts of the world; update on international initiatives and cooperation opportunities
Chair: Sandra Aluoch (BWC)
  Presentations
    Zita Wenzel (KU): Silk Project - An example of regional cooperation
    Enrique Pelaez (CEDIA): National Research & Educational Network of Ecuador
   
10:30 - 11:00 Break
   
11:00 - 12:30 Session 6: Broadband infrastructure in Africa and fibre technology
Chair: Adiel Akplogan (AfriNIC)
  Presentations
    Lishan Adam (ICTFD) and Sunday Foloyan (AfNOG): Broadband Infrastructure in Africa – Fibre Technology
    Dale Smith (UO): What Does it Mean to "Have Fiber" - Developing a Common Understanding and Terminology
   
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
   
14:00 - 15:30 Session 7: Content and applications: initiatives, knowledge sharing, grid computing
Chair: Sunday Foloyan (AfNOG)
  Presentations
    Margaret Ngwira (Uni Malawi Library) : Supporting Learning and Research: Content Opportunities for Academic and Research Libraries/Networks in Africa
    Clement Onime (ICTP) : GRID Computing
    Gerti Foest (DFN) : Applications and Services in a Research and Education Network - Case of DFN
   
15:30 - 16:00 Break
   
16:00 - 17:30

Session 8: Roundtable on advocacy and policy development: role of HEI leaders, regulators, regional/continental bodies and development partners
Moderator: Nii Quaynor (AfNOG)
 

  Panelists
    Abdou Salam Sall (Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar)
    Zimani Kadzamira (University of Malawi)
    Arero Gotu (Addis Ababa University)
    Nnamdi Nwokike (WATRA)
    Raphael Koffi (ECOWAS)
    Andrea Johnson (PHEA)
    Ben Akoh (OSIWA)
   
17:30 - 18:30 Session 9: Way forward (Action points )
Chair: Zimani Kadzamira (University of Malawi)
Facilitator: Aminu Ibrahim (Ng ICT Forum)
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