[AfrICANN-discuss] PRESS RELEASE: AfTLD Successfully Ends 4th Annual African ccTLD Event in Nairobi

Eric Akumiah eric at aftld.org
Mon Mar 15 08:01:15 SAST 2010

Nairobi, March 10, 2010 – The African Top Level Domains Organization
(AfTLD) has ended its 4th Annual African ccTLD event in Nairobi. This
year’s event included an Initial Registry Operation Course (IROC) in
English and the 2010 Annual Meeting. The event was held back-to-back with
the ICANN 37 Nairobi Public Meeting from the 2- 7 March 2010.

The IROC, which had 21 participants from 13 ccTLDs across Africa was held
from 2 to 6 March.. Topics treated included, registry models and
architecture, Domain Name System (DNS), security topics and a lot of
hands-on activities. Steve Croaker, head of the ICANN Security & Stability
Assurance Committee (SSAC) gave a half hour lecture on DNSSEC (security
for DNS), during the workshop.  At the end of the course, participants
were given certificates and returned home with the skills to fix their
registries to run according to best practice.

The Annual meeting was held on Sunday 7 March, with over50 participants in
attendance.  Presentations included, registry services by providers,
updates from regional TLD organizational, some Af*members of the African
Internet community, ISOC, ICANN and a discussion on ccTLD best practice by
KeNIC , the local host.  At the annual general meeting (AGM) of members,
the Chairman presented his annual report, followed by the financial and
operational reports. A decision was made on the need for every
member-ccTLD to pay at least a minimum membership fee, which was agreed
upon by the general assembly.

Two retiring directors were replaced by two elected board members at the
AGM. Mr. Joe Kiragu, the keNIC manager and local host of AfTLD/ICANN
meetings in Nairobi, was elected to replace Vincent Ngundi, while Dr.
Alioune Traore of .ML replaced Mohamed El Bashir of .SD.

The Workshop and Annual Meeting/AGM was generously hosted by KeNIC and
supported by ICANN, ISOC, NSRC, CORE TLD registry and AfriNIC, the African
Regional Internet Registry (RIR). The social event was sponsored by GMO
Registry and AGM lunch by AusRegistry.

Presentations and photos from the workshop and annual meeting can be found
on the event homepage at http://www.aftld.org/ke2010. A pdf copy of rlease
is attached to this mail.

About AfTLD
AfTLD was established in 2002 to act as a focal point for African Country
Code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) managers in coordinating, formulating,
developing and presenting a unified approach to issues related to the
Domain Name System. AfTLD also presents a forum for sharing ideas between
the regions Internet community with an aim of promoting the utilization of
national country’s Top Level Domains.

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