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ICANN and COMTELCA to Work Together to Increase Mesoamerican Government Participation in ICANN

4 May 2016

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Members of ICANN and the Regional Technical Commission of Telecommunications (COMTELCA)

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – 4 May 2016 – ICANN and the Regional Technical Commission of Telecommunications (COMTELCA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in which they agreed to explore opportunities to collaborate on topics of common interest. The official signing took place on 26 April 2016 in Managua, Nicaragua.

Akram Atallah, ICANN's Acting President and CEO, and Javier Tomás Daccarett García, COMTELCA´s Board President, signed the MoU during COMTELCA's 50th anniversary celebration. ICANN is a non-profit corporation with a mission to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. COMTELCA, an intergovernmental organization operating under International Public Law, coordinates and promotes the integration and development of telecommunications in Central America and around the world.

Both organizations emphasized the importance of promoting the development of information and communications technologies in Mesoamerica. Through collaboration, ICANN and COMTELCA hope to foster a regional network of stakeholders and decision-makers, including governments, who will contribute to ICANN's policy development processes.

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Alexandra Dans
Sr. Communications Manager, Latin American and the Caribbean
Montevideo, Uruguay
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Email: alexandra.dans@icann.org


ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you have to type an address into your computer – a name or a number. That address has to 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 and a community with participants from all over the world. ICANN and its community help keep the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It also promotes competition and develops policy for the top-level of the Internet's naming system and facilitates the use of other unique Internet identifiers. For more information, visit: http://www.icann.org.