We kicked off 2019 ICANN Public Meetings with a successful ICANN64 in Kobe, Japan. Now I welcome the community back to Africa for ICANN65 in Marrakech, Morocco from 24-27 June.
ICANN65 is a four-day Policy Forum, which gives the global Internet community a chance to focus on policy development. I hope the meeting will be a platform for fruitful discussions among our global stakeholders and community members. A few important policy topics to be discussed include: the next round of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data, and ICANN’s Strategic Plan and Budget.
The June Policy Forum will be the twelfth ICANN Public Meeting held in Africa, and the third one in Marrakech, Morocco. Our first meeting in Marrakech was ICANN26 in 2006 and the second was ICANN55 in 2016. We are happy to return to this vibrant city in North Africa. ICANN65 will be hosted by the National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency and we look forward to working with them again.
Africa is a continent of great digital potential. I believe that hosting ICANN Public Meetings here helps encourage Africans to participate in the ICANN community. We want to build capacity in Africa to enable the people to fully embrace the digital economy.
I look forward to seeing you all in Marrakech. Marhaba!