[AfrICANN-discuss] Re: AfrICANN Digest, Vol 91, Issue 38

Victor Ndonnang ndonnang at nvconsulting.biz
Sun Sep 28 20:07:58 UTC 2014

Hi Dr. Nii,


Thank you for providing such useful additional information. It clearly shows that some changes are needed in this industry. And you are the most experienced one to propose some perspectives for solutions


I totally agree with you for the role of the insurance and capital in protecting consumers interests and driving the business. But It should reflects the risks and the value of the business. 


Thank you for your clarification and inputs.

Bon weekend!




From: Nii Narku Quaynor [mailto:quaynor at ghana.com] 
Sent: Sunday, September 28, 2014 3:01 PM
To: ndonnang at nvconsulting.biz; AfrICANN list
Subject: Re: [AfrICANN-discuss] Re: AfrICANN Digest, Vol 91, Issue 38





Just providing additional information 

On Sep 28, 2014, at 17:37, "Victor Ndonnang" <ndonnang at nvconsulting.biz <mailto:ndonnang at nvconsulting.biz> > wrote:

Dear Remmy,


I 100% agree with on the fact that more awareness, communication and marketing activities are needed…But the insurance and financial requirements of the ICANN RAA is not an “non-existing” excuse for developing countries/African companies willing to become accredited registrars.


The insurance and financial requirement are relevant for registrars but there may be additional issues


- how new registrar will manage account information, authorizations and profile with 1000+ gtld registries. Can you visit 1000 websites and make updates as needed?

- how registrar to pay money to 1000+ registries (requires prepayment). Can you deposit $1000 in each of 1000 gtld registries ie put deposit of $1,000,000.00 most of which may not use?

- how to epp connect to 1000+ registries. Can you establish these technical setup a one by one for 1000+ registries

- ot/e testing for over 1000+ registries. Can you physically perform the testing with over 1000+ registries 


etc. as in the paper at ICANN website on the subject. These are new challenges for new registrars in developing countries in addition to competing with numerous resellers ;)


Tell me how many serious companies in Africa can easily obtain “commercial general liability insurance” of $500,000? Zero! Most of the 7 active African accredited registrars became accredited through an US or European based satellite or partner (…I’m not saying that partnership is not good)….How many serious companies in Africa can easily demonstrate the ability to procure liquid working capital of $70,000? Just to do a domain name business… Very few. 


The Ghana Dot Com registrar insurance is from Ghana and it's not from a USA partner. It is good business practice to have insurance; the business may impact customers. 


The business also honestly needs more capital than $70,000.00 to succeed


Bon weekend


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