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From: Barrack Otieno <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, Feb 5, 2019 at 11:44 AM
Subject: Re: BOTSWANA to host the 7th Africa Domain Name System Forum
To: AfrICANN Community List <email@example.com>
Cc: Afri-Discuss <firstname.lastname@example.org>, aftld-members <
Nairobi, 5th February 2019
The 7th edition of the Africa Domain Name System Forum (AFDNS) will be held
in Gaborone Botswana from 22nd to 24th July 2019. The forum will be hosted
by the Botswana Communication and Regulatory Authority (BOCRA).
The Africa Domain Name System Forum is an annual open event for
stakeholders in the Domain Name Industry in Africa, organized by Africa Top
Level Domains Organization (AFTLD), the African Registrars Association, and
the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
The objective of the three-day event is to help the Africa Domain Name
Industry grow at a competitive rate; and ensure that the continent is on
par with the rest of the world. Over the years, the AFDNS forum has lived
up to its expectations, identifying key national and cross-border issues
that continue to challenge the growth of the industry
The Africa DNS Forum brings together Top-Level Domain registries,
registrars, and stakeholders from Africa and around the world to share,
learn, interact and discuss ways of how the African Domain Name Space can
be improved, by sharing experiences and best practices in the domain name
industry at a global level, and of the emerging business opportunities.
The forum is open to anyone interested in issues pertaining to the domain
name industry and the business opportunities it can provide, and engage
with key players and experts in the field. We expect participation from
over 200 participants representing government, private sector, civil
society, media and the technical community from the region and globally,
interested in investing in the Africa Domain Name industry. Discussions
will cover the state of the domain name industry in Africa, opportunities
and challenges faced by businesses, entrepreneurs and Internet users across
This will be the seventh forum following events in Durban, South Africa
(2013), Abuja, Nigeria (2014), Nairobi, Kenya (2015), Marrakech, Morocco
(2016), Dar Es Salam, Tanzania (2017) and Cotonou, Benin (2018).
Stakeholders from Africa and beyond interested and involved in the domain
name industry are welcome to contribute and participate in the event.
AfTLD is recognized as the representative of country code Top Level Domain
(ccTLD) managers from Africa. It is an active participant in the ICANN
ccNSO, and also actively participates in various Internet governance fora
with the African continent and beyond, including the IGF, where it has run
a number of workshops. With collaboration in Internet governance and
development a cornerstone of the bottom up policy development processes
that make the Internet truly a multi-stakeholder phenomenon, AfTLD works in
collaboration and partnership with other Regional Top-Level Domain
Organizations (RTLDOs), these being APTLD, CENTR and LACTLD.
AFREGISTRAR association includes all ICANN Accredited Registrars based in
the African Continent, The AfRegistrars shall fulfill the role,
responsibilities and functions of the AFREGISTRARS as defined within the
ICANN Bylaws as referenced at [ICANN-BYLAWS].
ICANN\’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global
Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an
address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That
address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN
helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world.
ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation
with a community of participants from all over the world.
BOCRA was established through the Communications Regulatory Authority Act,
2012 (CRA Act) to regulate the communications sector in Botswana,
comprising telecommunications, Internet and Information and Communications
Technologies (ICTs), radio communications, broadcasting, postal services
and related matters.
BOCRA is also designated to:
· To manage and operate the .BW ccTLD in an efficient and
non-discriminatory manner to ensure fairness in the use and allocation of
the .bw name space;
· To accredit agencies to provide secure electronic signatures as
per the Electronic Communications and Transaction Act (No. 14 of 2014);
· To establish, as Certifying Authority, an approved process for
the production and certification of electronic documents records systems
for purpose of integrity.