The African IXP Association, in partnership with the Internet Society, has signed an agreement with the Rwanda Internet Community and Technology Alliance (RICTA) to establish an administrative secretariat in Kigali, Rwanda.
This agreement follows the successful completion of a call for proposals designed to help the African IXP Association develop its governance structure and administrative capacity in order to more effectively manage its growing portfolio of activities.
Kyle Spencer, Co-Coordinator of the African IXP Association, believes that the agreement represents a significant milestone in the development of Africa’s Internet ecosystem.
“It clearly reflects our industry’s extraordinary growth and our community’s strong spirit of cooperation,” he said.
“We look forward to working with RICTA on this project. They have proven expertise that is complemented by Rwanda’s central geographic location, business friendly market environment, and fluency in multiple regional languages.”
Grace Ingabire, Ag CEO of RICTA, added: “I am convinced that establishing the AF-IX secretariat is a great achievement to develop, strengthen and improve the IXP community in Africa. RICTA, an active AFIX member, is committed to go an additional mile in its contribution and provide a strong administrative secretariat that will offer an enabling environment for Internet Exchange operators in Africa.”