[AfrICANN-discuss] ICANN Picks Senegal for October Meeting

Vika Mpisane vika at zadna.org.za
Tue Mar 29 17:10:19 SAST 2011

It's great congratulations to Maye & her .SG team on securing this October
ICANN meeting! It was well deserved & I'm confident SG will put up a great
show the African way!


However, my attention is drawn to the fact that this publication has already
started implying a possibility of the October meeting removed from SG. How
sad! May SG be motivated to prove this prophecy of doom wrong - I wish SG
well in its preparations.




Vika Mpisane


+27 11 275 0082


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Subject: [AfrICANN-discuss] ICANN Picks Senegal for October Meeting


ICANN Picks Senegal for October Meeting / domainnamewire.com
ICANN heads to western Africa this fall.
ICANN's October 2011 meeting will be held in Dakar, Senegal, the non-profit
<http://blog.icann.org/2011/03/icann-42-in-dakar-senegal/> announced today.
Dakar is Senegal's capital and is home to two million people. 
The last meeting ICANN held in Africa was poorly attended due to security
concerns. However, last year's Nairobi, Kenya meeting concluded without any
public incidents.
ICANN has already
<http://domainnamewire.com/2011/02/17/icann-nixes-jordan-meeting/> moved one
meeting location this year, moving a planned June meeting in Jordan to
Singapore due to general unrest in the Middle East.
ICANN is monitoring the situation in Senegal for any potential problems. In
its blog post the group wrote:

We are aware of concerns within the community regarding the recent
demonstration that took place in Senegal. In keeping with our normal
procedures and our obligation to provide a safe and secure environment for
ICANN meetings, we will continue to closely monitor the situation as we
prepare for the meeting.

The U.S. State Department web site notes:

Public demonstrations, political gatherings, and student protests are
relatively common in Senegal, both in Dakar and in outlying regions,
particularly on Friday afternoons. In the past, these events have sometimes
turned violent. Due to the potential for violence, U.S. citizens should
avoid political gatherings and street demonstrations, and maintain security
awareness at all times. 

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