[AfrICANN-discuss] AfTLD - what - policy - Re: AfTLD - Administrative Manager Post Announcement ..

Dr Paulos Nyirenda paulos at sdnp.org.mw
Fri Apr 13 13:13:11 SAST 2007

Alan Levin,

It is good to see that you want to support AFTLD, Africa does need to 
speak with one voice on ICANN and other Internet related issues.

AFTLD is the ONLY regional organisation that is recognised as 
representing the Africa ICANN region on the ICANN-ccNSO. See the 
minutes of the ccNSO Council available at:


Following this recognition, as required by ICANN bylaws, ccNSO has a 
liaison from AFTLD who currently is Ali Drissa Badiel. He is very 
active as you will see when search for "badiel ccnso" on any Google 
search. Congratualtions to him.

On policies that affect us as a region, I can easily refer you to the 
current policy proposals on ICANN regions, see:


and recent presentations at the ICANN meetings in Lisbon, that you 
attended. AFTLD is following this closely and has put up a stand on 
any possible partitioning of Africa that may result from this. There 
seems to be a real danger that Africa as an ICANN region could be re-
partitioned hence destroying all the work that many of us put in, for 
example in creating something like AFRINIC for the Africa region.

Here attached is the AFTLD stand on this that has been communicated 
to the ccNSO and to ICANN on this issue, from the AFTLD Executive 
Committee, on which Badiel sits. 

Would you not then say that AFTLD does act on policy issues that 
affect the Africa region?

Would you not then also say that policy issues that affect us at a 
regioanl level as Africa do indeed exist and that we do need a 
regional body to address them?

ICANN recognises AFTLD, why is it that you or we as Africans are 
squabbling about this?


Dr Paulos B Nyirenda
.mw ccTLD

On 13 Apr 2007 at 12:23, Alan Levin wrote:

> Hi Mohamed,
> Thanks for this email. I really want to support Aftld but to do so I  
> need to understand it's purpose and have been a little puzzled at it  
> for a long time. This email is certainly useful to see what you're  
> thinking of but I'm still not sure.
> On 13 Apr 2007, at 1:25 AM, Eng.Mohamed EL Bashir wrote:
> > African Top Level Domains Organization ("AFTLD") was incorporated  
> > as a non-profit organization on December 19th 2002 in Mauritius.  
> > AFTLD acts as a focal point for all the African TLDs Managers, to  
> > discuss matters of policy that affect ccTLDs regionally and globally.
> Please can you explain or give examples of what matters of policy  
> affect us regionally and what has been discussed?
> > Further, AFTLD presents the African region members position on  
> > global matters relating to the DNS and ccTLDs, and is a regional  
> > body of ccNSO (country code Name Supporting Organization), one of  
> > ICANN´s supporting organization.
> Similarly, what positions do or could we have that are regional? and  
> what is or could the purpose (or benefits) of having a regional body  
> of the CCNSO?
> Warm regards,
> Alan
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