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

Abulkhirat Esam AbulkhiratE at africa-union.org
Tue Jun 2 07:46:04 SAST 2009

Dear All,

I would like to clear the misunderstanding on my comments posted on the NITA website regarding the Post-JPA and ICANN.

 1.  What I have wrote is totally expressing my own and personal point of view and has no relation at all with my current position in the AUC.

 1.  I put my name with title at the end of my comments just to show that I'm talking from inside the loop.

 1.  The NITA requested a public comments and any one on this earth can freely send his/her opinion that articulate his thoughts.

 1.  I never in my comments used any word that can generate impression as if it is AU's position on the matter. (Please read again)

Finally, would like to thank all brothers and sisters who were ready to discuss on my comments and clarify it personally with me by phone calls and emails.

Mr. Esam M. Abulkhirat
Senior ICT Policy Officer
Department of Human Resources Science & Technology
African Union Commission
Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA
P.O.Box 3243
Tel:(+251-11) 554 01 35 Ext: 198
Fax:(+251-11) 551 37 82 or 550 59 28
Mobile:(+251-911) 22 70 26
Abulkhirate at Africa-Union.Org
Aldhina at Yahoo.Com

From: africann-bounces at afrinic.net [mailto:africann-bounces at afrinic.net] On Behalf Of Dandjinou Pierre
Sent: Monday, June 01, 2009 10:21 PM
To: africann at afrinic.net
Subject: Re: [AfrICANN-discuss] Comments Regarding Expiration of the JPA with the ICANN

It seems to me Esam was speaking for himself; and to my knowledge, the AU has no plan for safeguarding Africa against the so called'privatization'..

But I suspect the Af* (AfriNIC, AfNOG, AfrISPA, AfISOC, AfTLD, and AFREN) should be forwarding their collective opinion with regards to the ending of the JPA..

Pierre Dandjinou
Board member, Afrinic
On Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 6:00 PM, McTim <dogwallah at gmail.com<mailto:dogwallah at gmail.com>> wrote:

On Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 7:16 PM, SM <sm at resistor.net<mailto:sm at resistor.net>> wrote:
> 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.
I was as well, perhaps he speaks only for himself?  That's what I
reckoned anyway.

  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?
probably not, it's all to do with the end of the current Joint project
Agreement between the US and ICANN, ending in September, and what
comes after that.

>  "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.
private as in private, non profit (NGO).


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