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

Katim S. Touray kaamt at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 1 21:00:34 SAST 2009

Dear all,

I'm glad we're at least talking about this.  Because we need to be heard.

I think the exchange of e-mails also point to two things:

	1. We need to have a way to collectively articulate our opinions.  I think an opinion from the AU, ECOWAS, or COMESA would carry more weight than opinion (no matter how thoughtful and well-articulated) from an individual, as I imagine Esam's posting is.  In the same vein, I see no reason why individual governments, civil society groups, or chambers of commerce, and trade associations (e.g. professional ICT associations) cannot take this up, and let us know what they think.
	2. It would help a lot if we sign our postings with a bit more information that will help identify us.  I mean, what exactly does sm at resistor.net mean?  Who is SM, and where is s(he) from?  Please let us know at least your full name, and organization you are associated with, to help us identify you.Speaking of which, let me say that I am Katim S. Touray, from The Gambia, an ICANN Board member, and speaking here for myself.

A bientot!

From: SM <sm at resistor.net>
To: Abulkhirat Esam <AbulkhiratE at africa-union.org>
Cc: africann at afrinic.net
Sent: Monday, June 1, 2009 4:16:46 PM
Subject: Re: [AfrICANN-discuss] Comments Regarding Expiration of the JPA with the ICANN 

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.


AfrICANN mailing list
AfrICANN at afrinic.net

-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: https://lists.afrinic.net/pipermail/africann/attachments/20090601/cdea12ac/attachment-0001.htm

More information about the AfrICANN mailing list