[AfrICANN-discuss] Comments Regarding Expiration of the JPA with the ICANN

SM sm at resistor.net
Mon Jun 1 18:16:46 SAST 2009

At 07:08 29-05-2009, Abulkhirat Esam wrote a PDF file.

I was astonished to see a statement from the African Union Commission 
saying that Africa is not ready yet.  Does the reference to ICANN 
privatization and liberalization refer to the call by an European 
Commissioner for ICANN to operate transparently and with 
accountability so that judicial review could be conducted via an 
international tribunal that would replace the courts in California as 
far as who has jurisdiction over the organization?

   "Africans shouldn't find themselves in a situation where ICANN is fully
    liberalized or privatized, without a proper planning that will ensure
    equal and balance participation of all countries and ensure that those
    plans do not undermine the stable and effective oversight of the internet
    DNS system. Otherwise this will only lead to inventing a new domination
    system by the developed countries over ICANN, disguised by the name of
    international management structure of ICANN even with safeguarding ICANN
    against capture key area identified by the PSC."

Does the African Union Commission have a plan to ensure that Africans 
should not find themselves in that situation?

According to the Vice President of Corporate Affairs, ICANN ( 
http://www.icann.org/presentations/levins-to-tpi-08may09-en.pdf ), 
the organization is already private and private sector led.


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