[AfrICANN-discuss] ICANN Accredits First Registrar in Senegal

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Tue May 15 07:59:25 SAST 2007

Dear All,
Please join in congratulating Mouhamet Diop for the birth of KHEWEUL.COM,
the first registrar accredited by ICANN in West Africa! Good luck Mouhamet.

ICANN Accredits First Registrar in Senegal

14 May 2007

*MARINA DEL REY, Calif.*: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and
Numbers (ICANN) has signed its first accreditation agreement with a
Senegal-based Registrar – Kheweul.com SA from Dakar.

"We have accreditation agreements with more than 890 Registrars across the
world – and this is only the second in Africa," said Anne-Rachel Inné,
ICANN's Regional Liaison for Africa. "ICANN is continually working to expand
its international participation and representation – and this agreement is
an important step forward in that."

Kheweul.com has been accredited to register domain names from the .biz,
.com, .info, .name, .net, .org, and .pro top-level domains.

"We're proud to be the first ICANN-accredited Registrar in West Africa and
the second in Africa," said Mouhamet Diop, Chairman and CEO of Kheweul.com.
"Kheweul.Com is going to work closely with all African country-code
top-level domain managers and all world-wide registries to provide domain
name services to local African communities. We also plan to promote the
digitalization of African cultural heritage and help the preserve of African
multimedia content."

ICANN successfully introduced competition in the registrar marketplace that
has resulted in the over 890 ICANN accredited registrars now offering a
range of registration services. A complete list of accredited registrars is
available at: http://www.icann.org/registrars/accredited-list.html.

ICANN has a contractual relationship with all accredited registrars that
clearly sets forth the obligations of accredited registrars. This
information is available at:

* About ICANN: *

ICANN is responsible for the global coordination of the Internet's system of
unique identifiers like domain names (like .org, .museum and country codes
like .uk) and the addresses used in a variety of Internet protocols that
help computers reach each other over the Internet. Careful management of
these resources is vital to the Internet's operation, so ICANN's global
stakeholders meet regularly to develop policies that ensure the Internet's
ongoing security and stability. ICANN is an internationally organized,
public benefit non-profit company. For more information please visit:

*About Kheweul.Com: *

Kheweul.Com is a Senegalese private company based in Senegal, registered
under the African Jurisdiction, called OHADA, and will serve all African
countries for any purposes related to Domain Names business. For more
information please visit: www.kheweul.com.

Mouhamet Diop's bio and involvement with the international functions of
ICANN are online at: http://www.icann.org/biog/diop.htm.

*Media Contacts: *

Jason Keenan
Media Adviser, ICANN (USA)
Ph: +1 310 382 4004
E: jason.keenan at icann.org

Mouhamet Diop
Chairman & CEO
Ph: +221 821 29 39
Cell: +221 638 42 88
E: mouhamet.diop at kheweul.com

International: Andrew Robertson
Edelman (London)
Ph: +44 7921 588 770
E: andrew.robertson at edelman.com
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