Yes we did meet at the symposium. I also agree Dr. Quaynor did a good job
there about the question. Infact Dr. Quaynor has been doing a great job for
Africa in the Internet world. I think we should be greatful to him and
encourage him to do more, as we also contribute our quota in our small ways.
It was a pleasure meeting you too, Karen.
>Did we not meet Monday at the symposium? I saw your message below. I'm
>to hear about the differences.
>I thought Dr. Quaynor did a superb job. When the question about translating
>raised, he said they would look into it. I did not expect translation
>INET is not rich like the U.N. which can afford simultaneous translations.
>People made great efforts like the Spanish attendees and Dr. Ngege to
>for those not knowing Spanish or French.
>When you go to a meeting in a French speaking country or English speaking
>country, unless it's the UN, you have to assume proceedings will be in the
>language of the country. It's expensive. INET costs too much already,
>why I didn't attend the rest of the conference. It costs $500 just to
>If they have to hire translations, that networking symposium would probably
>cost $200 instead of $90.
>This is a just a personal message to you. I hope you enjoyed the meeting
>was a pleasure meeting you.
>At 02:03 PM 06/24/1999 -0700, you wrote:
> >Hi Africans,
> >There has been several attempts and discussions about uniting Africa.
> >Politicians all over africa have failed woefully in their efforts at this
> >unity. I have been having a secret vision that IT is going to achieve
> >Contributions from all, on various Africa issues give me hope that this
> >be achieved. Current discussions on Afrinic have generally been frank
> >quite interesting.
> >I am now begining to have serious doubts about the success of African
> > Some POLITICS is now creeping into our system and if we are not
> >it will destroy us.
> >We are PROFESSIONALS, not POLOTICIANS when it comes to IT. This
> >- Anglophone divide is going to kill us if we are not careful.
> >Over a month ago, there was a posting from Tarek Kamel that Africans at
> >INET'99 would meet on Thursday, 24th June to discuss Internet in Africa
> >(AFRINIC), etc. - A very good idea towards the formation ISOC Africa.
> >Yesterday, Wednessday 23rd June, French speaking Africans were call to a
> >meeting at the Hilton Hotel, and I felt sorry when I heard some of the
> >decisions taken at there. In short, they agreed that they are not coming
> >for this all-important meeting.
> >They are claiming that at the Developing Countries Symposium held on the
> >Monday, Dr. Quaynor, in responds to Dr. Wawa Ngege's contribution that
> >should have been silmauteneaous translation of the proceedings into the
> >major langauges (French and Spanish), said that CANNOT be. Well I think
> >those of you who were at the meeting will agree that he did not say that.
> >think Dr. Quaynor will have to explain again what he said in answer to
> >My concern is that if even he did say that, do we sacrifice our chance of
> >uniting because maybe some few among us do not like Nii Quaynor ??
> >I am very worried because this same problem came up in INET'98 at Geneva
> >last year, where a few Fancophones created so much confusion in our
> >to form the ISOC Africa. I believe these same people are behind this
> >I think honourable people in Africa like Dr. Wawa Ngege, who is both
> >Anglophone and Francophone, Tarek Kamel, ISOC Board of Trustee member,
> >all Africans should bring their weights and influences to bear and help
> >solve this problem ones and for all. Let's bear in mind that France
> >support Francophone countries for ever. A time will definately come when
> >they will pull out.
> >Africans, we need each other , whether Francophone or Anglophone.
> >I wish to appeal to our Francophone brothers who have decided not to
> >this meeting today, to change their minds and come help in shaping
> >and IT in Africa. We need it.
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