A year full of challenges has started – requiring more and more of our commitment and participation. We are fortunate to be an active region and to have many opportunities to participate. LACTLD is pleased to be part of the council of ICANN's Latin America and Caribbean Strategic Plan.
We have a busy agenda in the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) community. There will be two ICANN Public Meetings in our region, both in countries with members of our organization. We took advantage of this situation and decided to accompany them with two of our three workshops. One of our goals is to strengthen and facilitate the participation of our ccTLDs, particularly in the processes of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO).
We will hold our Commercial Workshop alongside the ICANN61 meeting in Puerto Rico, on 8 and 9 March 2018. The agenda for this workshop is available here. I hope to see you all there! Soon after that, our Policy and Legal Workshop will be held alongside ICANN62 in Panama City. In support of these efforts, ICANN has granted our organization three scholarships for the ICANN62 meeting. These scholarships will allow three of our members to participate as Fellows, something for which we are grateful.
We have several projects underway this year together with ICANN. The Internship Program enables our region's ccTLDs that have fewer resources to be trained with the help of other ccTLDs that are in stages of greater maturity. Another important project that we will continue to support is the Domain Name System (DNS) Observatory, a project initiated by ICANN and NIC Chile.
From LACTLD we wish you a great year and we hope to find you actively participating in the activities that bring us together. See you in Puerto Rico!