[AfrICANN-discuss] The French MFA supports new gtld applicants in Africansub-Saharan countries

Abulkhirat Esam AbulkhiratE at africa-union.org
Thu Jan 12 11:16:48 SAST 2012

Dear colleagues,

True to its commitments to end digital divide, and in accordance with the declaration of the G8 Heads of State and Government for the development of the Internet in countries in the southern hemisphere, the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs has decided to make an endowment to AFNIC*'s International College Fund.

The grant of 400 K€ will be used to support generic extension projects involving African sub-Saharan countries in 2012.

Financial support from the Fund can be obtained by project leaders replying to the 2012 call for proposals of the Fund, which opened on 2 January 2012 : http://www.afnic.fr/medias/documents/College_International/Fonds_du_College/FCI2012/afnic-fonds-ci-appel-projets-2012.pdf
In so doing, the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and AFNIC are furthering their cooperation initiated in recent years to encourage the emergence of an information society, combining the efforts of the North and South in a spirit of co-development.
I am at your disposal for any further information you may need regarding this partnership. Don't hesitate to circulate this information to project leaders who could benefit from this initiative.

*About AFNIC
AFNIC is the French Registry for the .fr and .re domain names in particular (the country code top-level domains for France and Reunion Island). AFNIC is also positioned as a provider of technical solutions and services for registries and registrars. AFNIC (the French Network Information Centre) comprises public and private stakeholders, including government authorities, users, and Internet service providers (Registrars). It is a non-profit organisation

Mr. Esam M. Abulkhirat
Senior ICT Policy Officer
Department of Infrastructure & Energy/Information Society Division
African Union Commission (B&B Building)
Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA
P.O.Box 3243
Tel:(+251-11) 554 01 35 Ext: 1853
Fax:(+251-11) 371 77 44
Mobile:(+251-911) 22 70 26
Abulkhirate at Africa-Union.Org
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Esam Abulkhirat
Senior ICT Policy Officer
Infrastructure and Energy
African Union Commission
P.O.Box: 3243   Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel: (251) 11 551 77 00,  Mobile: , Fax: (251) 11 551 78 44
Email: AbulkhiratE at africa-union.org
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