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ICANN to Participate in the 2018 Africa Internet Summit (AIS)

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is sponsoring and participating at the Africa Internet Summit (AIS) from 29th April to 11th May 2018, in Dakar, Senegal. This annual summit is organized by the African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) and the African Network Operators Group (AFNOG).

The AIS has evolved into a unique and important multi stakeholder platform for information and communication technology. The summit brings together global and regional Internet industry stakeholders – including Af* and I* organizations – for a series of seminars, workshops, tutorials, and panels.

ICANN's main activities at the AIS include  a Special Workshop for ICANN-Accredited Registrars in Africa and an ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Capacity- Building Workshop.

The ICANN-Accredited Registrars based in Africa recently finalized the formation of the Afregistrar Association, part of the Af* family with the main objective to reinforce and strengthen the African domain name industry. It accomplishes this by increasing the number of ICANN-accredited registrars in the region, enforcing policy, and encouraging use of domain names both at the regional and national levels.

The workshop for ICANN-Accredited Registrars will offer ICANN organization staff and AIS participants additional insights into specific operational needs and the challenges facing contracted parties in Africa.

The GAC Capacity building workshop, co-organized with the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, will build momentum on raising awareness among African GAC representatives and governments. The workshop will cover how to participate and contribute effectively to policymaking in ICANN. Tarek Kamel, ICANN's Senior Advisor to President and SVP of Government and IGO Engagement, and Chérif Diallo, GAC Vice-Chair Elect, will lead the discussions.