[AfrICANN-discuss] PRESS RELEASE: AfTLD to Hold 5th Annual African
ccTLD Event in Accra, Ghana
eric at aftld.org
Mon Jan 17 12:18:09 SAST 2011
AFTLD TO HOLD 5TH ANNUAL AFRICA CCTLD EVENT IN ACCRA, GHANA
15 January 2011 Accra, Ghana The African Top Level Domains Organization
(AfTLD), the association of African country code top level domains
(ccTLDs), announces its 5th Annual African ccTLD Event. The event which
will be held in Accra, Ghana from 17 to 23 April 2011 will be hosted by
the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) of Ghana with the
support of the Ministry of Communications Ghana and other local sponsors.
The event will include a five-day technical training workshop on Secure
Registry Operation Course (SROC) , an initiative of ICANN, ISOC and NSRC
which will be held in English and French, a policy workshop to review
ccTLD activities on the continent and the AfTLD Annual General meeting.
The SROC workshop is in line with AfTLDs theme of Enhancing Internet
Management in Africa and is part of AfTLDs ongoing effort to enhance
capacity of ccTLD managers in the Africa region to manage their registries
efficiently and in a cost effective manner. The SROC is the most advanced
version of registry operations course. Prior to it, AfTLD held the basic
initial ROC (IROC) in French and English in 2009 and 2010. This was
followed up by the advanced ROC (AROC) which was held in French and
English in 2010 in Bamako.
The Security Registry Operation Course (SROC) is most crucial in the wake
of heightened cyber security attacks against registries and other national
infrastructure. The Policy Workshop will assess the current situation of
ccTLDs in Africa in the light of the Pailles Declaration made during the
ccTLD stakeholder meeting in Mauritius in March 2009. AfTLDs five year
strategic plan will be unveiled and discussed by policy makers and other
ccTLD stakeholders on the African Continent. Several speakers on ccTLD
across the globe will speak at the workshop including ICANN, ccNSO, ISOC,
AfriNIC, CENTR and APTLD. At the AfTLD Annual General Meeting, a number of
new policies proposed by the board will be discussed and voted on by
formal members of AfTLD. More details including registration page,
detailed event program, hotel and venue information will be available on
the AfTLD website shortly at http://www.aftld.org.
A pdf copy of the press release can be found at
For enquiries on sponsorship and other issues please contact AfTLD General
Manager at secretariat at aftld.org.
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
Internet community with an aim of promoting the utilization of national
countrys Top Level Domains.
CANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation
with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the
Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and
develops policy on the Internets unique identifiers.
The Internet Society (ISOC) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1992 to
provide leadership in Internet related standards, education and policy. We
are dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution and use of the
Internet for the benefit of people throughout the world.
Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) is a non-profit activity that has
worked since the late 1980s to help develop and deploy networking
technology in various projects throughout Asia/Pacific, Africa, Latin
America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and the New Independent
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