[AfrICANN-discuss] AFRALO - AfrIC ANN joint meeting

Dr Yassin Mshana ymshana2003 at gmail.com
Wed Dec 15 11:38:39 SAST 2010

Thank you Mzee Schombe for this response.

Shall I say, "Oh God..where is that African Language?"

Despite the point of linguistic challenge or lack of multi-lingua
skill within us, PDP is a very painfully slow process which must be
inclusive - 'There is no short cut to the top of a palm tree' ....

Remember we had similar problem back in 2004/5/6 when we were negotiating
the ICANN Policy? In addition we had the problem of different interpretation
of Laws and Regulations applicable in different Regions? It took 2 years to
roll out various policy issues......It might take African community shorter
period to gain consensus of the community. The fact is that, Time, Talent
and resources (money etc ) have to be spent in such a Processes. At ICANN
level we had CEOs and Directors of Internet-based businesses who volunteered
to support the process. As you know we have very few of such companies in
Africa BUT still we have to undertake policy processes properly and in an
acceptable manner.

I am afraid if I am not being helpful (but just wring this is part of
volunteering - I would have kept quiet..)



On 15 December 2010 10:07, Baudouin SCHOMBE <b.schombe at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear Yassin,
> I agree your observation. So we have many difficult to collect a feedback
> from local actors for many reasons:
> -someone has very busy and doesn' take care about issues sending online
> (private sectors, technical community) or they refuse to contribute;
> -other one doesn't have a good internet connection and can not contribute
> in the time (civil scoeity entities,academia...).
> But the biggest problem lies on the linguistic level and I keep repeating.
> All online exchanges are 95% in English including documents sent for
> exchange. Nobody has enough time to do the translation or order a
> translation. It also requires financial resources. We are confronted with
> these types of situations most often to such an extent that there is
> disinterestedness. In the end, it is difficult to receive contributions. We
> need to consider alternative strategies to motivate local actors.
> Baudouin
> 2010/12/14 Dr Yassin Mshana <ymshana2003 at gmail.com>
>> Dear Tijani,
>> I saw the Call for the meeting to discuss African issues as described
>> below.
>> I wish to register my congratulations for having such a meeting.
>> I am however concerned with 2 main things:
>>    1. Did the African Region participants at the ICANN meeting have the
>>    opinion of all Africans on the issues discussed?
>>    2. Will the decisions or recommendations during the meeting have the
>>    consent of Africans?
>> An African colleague raised this concern with me for my observations which
>> is that: A small group of Africans can meet and discuss issues and even make
>> recommendations but those will *not *represent the opinion of Africans
>> unless a Consultation Process involving the whole community takes place.
>> This is in line with the Policy Development Process which the Internet
>> community adheres to.
>> Lastly, will you please share with the rest of Africans the deliberations
>> from that Group meeting. However, that does not mean that the process to
>> come to that point is acceptable.
>> In my opinion that will look like hijacking the African Community by a
>> group of representatives at the ICANN meeting.
>> I look forward to seeing the proceedings of that meeting for information
>> purposes.
>> Kind regards
>> Yassin Mshana
>> (tz)
>> Dear all,
>> Continuing on the Brussels initiative, I’m pleased to invite you to the
>> AFRALO – AfrICANN joint meeting that will be held in Cartagena, Colombia, on
>> Tuesday 7 December 2010 at 14:00.
>>  The topics for this meeting will be:
>> •       Follow-up on of the African community statement on the support to
>> be provided to the new gTLD applicants who require assistance for applying
>> for and operating new gTLD in light of the ICANN board decisions last
>> October.
>>  •       Participation of the African community in the ICANN policy
>> development
>>  We will also welcome the new NomCom Chair Adam Peak who wanted to address
>> our community. He will be accompanied by a number of the NomCom members.
>> Please pass the information to all your networks, and we will be honoured
>> to see you tomorrow discussing those 2 very important issues.
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