ZACR Commends ICANN on Africa strategic plan
INTERNETBy BiztechAfrica - Oct. 21, 2012, 7:58 a.m.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has demonstrated its commitment to Africa by launching its first regional strategic plan for Africa.
The initiative was presented to ICANN during the organisation’s 45th public meeting in Toronto, Canada, by the Africa Strategy Working Group (ASWG). It was formed after ICANN’s new President and Chief Executive Officer, Fadi Chehadé, encouraged a stronger voice from the African continent.
“When we met three months ago at the ICANN meeting in Prague, I felt a sense of frustration at our inability to come together and move the Africa agenda forward,” said Chehadé.
The ZA Central registry (ZACR), the African Union-endorsed bidder for the proposed .africa domain name extension, has welcomed ICANN's renewed commitment to African Internet development.
The ICANN Africa Strategy Working Group was constituted after a meeting between ICANN board chair Steve Crocker, Mr Chehade, as well as representatives from various African countries. The working group is chaired by Nii Quaynor, an Internet pioneer from Ghana while other members represent various regions.
African representatives want to be included at ICANN meetings during which representatives from businesses and governments discuss advanced issues such as Domain Name Security Extensions (DNSSEC), IPv6 and the new Generic Top Level Domains. The Africa Working Group has identified business community engagement, training and then enhancement of cooperation between the various Internet constituencies as priorities for the region.
The group has developed an initial plan, which was presented on Monday at the ongoing ICANN Toronto meeting, and it is expected to be incorporated into the wider ICANN strategic plan.
"Africa is a special region with unique challenges and it is wonderful news that ICANN will be implementing a specific plan in consultations with experts from the region," said Pierre Dandjinou, a member of the Africa Working Group.
Africa Working Group colleague Alice Munyua added,"I commend the steps taken by ICANN, it will enable more African businesses, governments and civil society organisations to participate more in the development of the African Internet sector.
"The African Union is involved in the dotAfrica application process as the sponsoring organisation. This means that governments are involved, while the outreach efforts undertaken by the ZA Central Registry (ZACR) show there is still a need for increased engagement with the Internet community in the region.
"This plan comes at the right time when Internet business is growing in Africa and outreach is needed. We need to have more ICANN accredited registrars in Africa -- the African Union is now involved in the dotAfrica new gTLD process; many governments would like to engage ICANN at various levels," concluded Munyua.
MORE INTERNET NEWS
Average connectivity speeds increase steadilyGlobal average connection speeds are improving, with the top ten global countries passing average speeds of 10Mbps and the top country, South Korea, topping an average of 21.9Mbps, says a new report by Akamai. Read More
ICANN DNSSEC roadshow in ZambiaZICTA, in conjunction with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), will host the ICANN African DNSSEC Roadshow which will run from 28th to 30th April. Read More
Africa will fast forward connectivity growthThere’s a new wave of growth on the horizon for African Internet companies and it’s being driven by remote peering, says NAPAfrica. Read More
Virtualisation ‘frees up innovation budget’Virtualisation allows for the ICT budget to shift its focus from maintenance to innovation – a benefit that is resonating with CIOs across the continent, says Ravi Bhat, VMWare’s new Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa. Read More
Safaricom revamps site for the visually impairedSafaricom has launched a revamped corporate website that will be fully accessible to Visually Impaired Persons. Read More
SEACOM partners with Akamai TechnologiesSEACOM has announced a new partnership with cloud service provider Akamai Technologies, and is deploying Akamai content clusters and caching nodes on its Pan-African IP network footprint. Read More
Online nutrition calculator aims to boost kids’ healthNestlé Kenya, through its MILO brand, has unveiled a web based nutrition calculator to help foster healthy nutrition among kids. Read More
Mozambique joins Alliance for Affordable InternetMozambique has become the first SADC country to join A4AI, and the third developing country to sign an MOU with the Alliance, joining Nigeria and Ghana. Read More
Intelsat managed broadband service for VodacomIntelsat is to provide a managed broadband service to Vodacom in sub-Saharan Africa. Read More
FEATURED STORYKenyan shift to Green Economy would generate USD 45bn by 2030
Kenya’s transition to a green economy could produce major economic benefits equivalent to an estimated USD 45 billion by 2030, a new study shows.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHE-waste threatens Ghana’s beaches
Many beaches in Ghana, already stressed by pollution and poor maintenance, are now facing a new threat: e-waste.
COMPANY NEWSVMware Reports First Quarter 2014 Results
VMWare has announced Year-over-Year revenue growth of 14% to $1.36 Billion in its Q114 results.