The Africa Internet Governance Forum is a platform for inclusive multilateral, multi-stakeholder, and multilingual discussions on issues pertinent to the Internet and its governance in Africa. The platform is driven by the understanding that the Internet is a key enabler and tool for human resilience and solidarity, and as such, must remain secure, accessible, available, and affordable.
The AFIGF’s commitment since its inception in 2011 has been to advance digital innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship across Africa. This year’s meeting which was held from the 19th to the 22nd of July 2022 with the overarching theme: Digital Inclusion and Trust in Africa is the 11th meeting of the Africa Internet Governance Forum and was hosted by the Government of Malawi at the Bingu International Conference Centre, Lilongwe, Malawi.
A major highlight at the forum is the vision for an educational curriculum designed to incorporate 4th Industrial Revolution skills which are linked to emerging digital technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Big Data, Data Science, and the Internet of Things (IoT). These skills, if introduced at the very early stages of learning, are pivotal in building a future of human capital that would drive development while delivering a knowledge-based, innovation-driven economy.
The .ng Registry was represented by two delegates in the persons of Mrs. Uchechi Kalu, Abuja Admin Officer, and Mr. Toba Obaniyi, Vice-President. The Forum also had in attendance, the President of the Republic of Malawi, Lazarus Chakwera, the Malawian Minister of Information and Digitalisation, Hon. Gospel Kazako, and Mrs. Mary Uduma (Nigeria), the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group Chairperson of the Africa Internet Governance Forum.
NiRA looks forward to participating fully in the achievement of the ideals of the IGF in Nigeria, Africa, and the rest of the world.