[AfrICANN-discuss] Kenya bids to host top IT conference
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Sat Sep 1 10:02:39 SAST 2007
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[image: The East African Standard | Online
* Saturday September 1, 2007 *
* Kenya bids to host top IT conference *
*By Alari Alare*
Kenya has submitted a bid to host the African round of the Internet
Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) meeting set for November
The bid was submitted by the board of the Kenya Information Centre (Kenic)
on behalf of the private sector and the Government.
Speaking during Kenic's annual general meeting on Friday, chairman Anthony
Mugambi, disclosed that a team comprising Government, private sector and the
Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) will be constituted to lobby for the bid.
As a trustee for the dot. ke country-code-top-level-domain, Kenic oversees
the Kenyan Domain Name space by managing and administering the dot .ke in
conformity with global Internet policies.
Icann, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers on the other
hand is responsible for managing and coordinating the global Domain Name
System (DNS) to ensure each address is unique and that users of the Internet
could find valid addresses. It does this by overseeing the distribution of
unique IP (Internet Protocol) addresses and domain names.
"In an effort to expose Kenya's vibrant ICT community to the rest of the
Kenic Board has submitted a bid to host the African round of the Icann
meeting in November next year in Nairobi, Kenya", said Mugambi.
"We are confident of winning the bid to host the event and we shall be
seeking your support in hosting the event," said Mugambi.
During the meeting, a new board led by Mugambi was named to steer the
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