Hi. Good morning everyone. Please accept our apologies for the delay. We're very sorry for the delayed start for those of you who are in the room, but also for those of you who are joining us in the room.
So we are going to start this forum about peering in Central Africa.
I would like to welcome our host in Brazzaville Ms Mbara.
So welcome to welcome everyone. It's a pleasure to welcome you all to today. It's a real honor today. To host this central Africa Peering Forum. It's an activity started in 2019 online. Then with the pandemic, there were other instances of this forum online, and it's the first time we're holding it onsite.
So we are particularly honored to pioneer an onsite version of this forum, and I am delighted to welcome you all. And I speak for the Ocean Committee and the steering committee, so welcome and we hope that this event will be very productive interactive and engaging. Today, we have the privilege of having the president of France-IX, Mr Frank Simon. Who's always been very involved in this kind of event and who's been supporting Congo is helped us develop and optimize the Congolese IXP. We also very honored to welcome our friends from ISOC and the online community. We'd like to thank you warmly, and we wish you all the best for this event.
Thank you very much, Chancelle. For these forward without further ado, as journalists say, I would like to pass the floor to our representative from the Internet Society will be chairing this first session. Thank you very much.
Welcome once again to this central African peering forum.
Is the fourth installment of this forum, each of the two days. So today on the 26th and tomorrow on the 27th, we will have four sessions. An hour and a half will be dedicated to each session. And the first session today will enable us to welcome Samuel purely from Fran six. And Samuel is our keynote speaker, and he will give you an overview of the situation in Central Africa looking at IXPs and looking at the evolution since 2020 of the first installment of our forum and what has changed, what challenges were faced, what is happening in other sub-regions of the continent.
He's very experienced. He's working for F six. He's been supporting us as mentioned that he's a real friend of Africa, in particular the Central African region. So without further ado, I would like to give Sam the floor. Sam, if you can hear us. Yes, I can hear you. The floor is yours. Hello. I don't know if there's any echo.
I am in a room on my own. I hope it's not too echoy. I feel it sounds like I'm in a cathedral. Cathedral. Sorry. I'm going to share my screen with you if you just give me a moment.