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ICANN Holds the First Capacity Building Workshop for African GAC Members

13 January 2017

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in cooperation with the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Under-served Regions Working Group is pleased to announce the first capacity building workshop for the Africa Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) members in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop, themed “Harnessing the Potential of the Africa GAC Members for better Participation in ICANN” will be held from 23-24 January 2017 with the support of the Communication Authority and the Government of Kenya.

This is the first regional workshop organized by ICANN’s recently established Nairobi Engagement Office. From ICANN, Göran Marby, ICANN President & CEO, Thomas Schneider, GAC Chair will both be present with executives, the regional ICANN team and community members. The keynote address and Official Opening will be done by Joseph Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of ICT – Republic of Kenya.

The workshop will focus on raising awareness and assist in building capacity of the African GAC representatives and governments on how best to effectively participate and contribute to policy making at ICANN. It will also introduce critical active relevant policy topics, working groups including relevant GAC and cross-community working groups that require the immediate attention and participation of GAC members. The workshop will seek feedback from the African GAC representatives on how to better help them improve their regional footprint as well as at ICANN.

The workshop will cover a range of topics that will include:

  • Understanding the ICANN Ecosystem
  • Policy development process at ICANN
  • ICANN Africa Strategy - an Overview
  • New gTLDs and the Role of GAC:
  • Understanding ccTLD Re-delegation

ICANN looks towards creating a stronger association with the community in Africa, including governments in the region, to help increase awareness and participation in ICANN’s work and the Internet policy processes under ICANN’s remit.

The full agenda can be found here [PDF, 441 KB].

The event will be livestreamed.

About ICANN:

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 into your computer or other device – a name or a number. 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 and a community with participants from all over the world.

For more information, please visit: https://www.icann.org/