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ICANN to Participate in the Upcoming Africa Internet Summit

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This year, members of the ICANN community and organization will participate in the Africa Internet Summit (AIS) taking place in Kampala, Uganda, from 9 to 21 June, which is a multistakeholder conference on information and communication technologies.

The Summit will bring together industry members and the global and regional Internet community for a series of seminars, workshops, tutorials, and panels.

Since 2012, the AIS has been a key regional event and an effective platform for us to engage with diverse groups of African stakeholders and raise awareness about ICANN and issues affecting the domain name industry.

The summit is co-organized by the African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) and the African Network Operators Group (AFNOG). ICANN is a platinum sponsor and a key participant of the event, with various activities planned by ICANN org and community members. 

The following table outlines the main ICANN activities at this year's AIS:



15 June

ICANN Workshop for African Registries, Registrars and Registrants
Place: Sheraton Hotel Kampala
Time: 08:30 – 17:30

The workshop will be conducted by ICANN org members, who will talk about ICANN, its major areas of work, and processes. It will include presentations on:

  • Internationalized Domain Names
  • Universal Acceptance
  • Domain Name Marketplace Indicators
  • ICANN's Registrar Accreditation, and Contractual Compliance processes

You can view the full agenda here [PDF, 272 KB].

You can register here.

16 June

Place: Victoria Room, Sheraton Hotel Kampala
Time: 09:00 – 18:30

ICANN will host the ICANN Day for the fifth year in a row. Building on our past efforts, the goal is to continue raising awareness about ICANN's role in the Internet governance ecosystem and foster ICANN's engagement in Africa. This year's agenda will cover some of the hot topics on the global and regional DNS agenda, such as:

  • Universal Acceptance
  • Internationalized Domain Names
  • Evolution of Registry and Registrar Activities in Africa
  • Cybersecurity: DNS as a Critical Component of a Secure and Reliable Internet
  • Ensuring Effective Participation of the African Community in ICANN

Pierre Dandjinou, ICANN VP of Global Stakeholder Engagement in Africa, will also present ICANN's Africa Strategy Implementation Report.

You can view the full agenda here [PDF, 247 KB].

You can register here.

17 and 21 June

AIS Plenary Sessions
Place: Sheraton Hotel Kampala

ICANN will participate in the following plenary sessions during the AIS:

  • 17 June: Opening Ceremony
  • 21 June: IANA Update

You can register for the AIS here.

In addition to the activities listed above, ICANN is holding a YouthCom (Youth Community) Workshop on 13-14 June. This event is organized in partnership with ISOC Uganda Chapter, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of Uganda (NTIA-U), and the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology of Uganda.

Since 2016, YouthCom has been one of ICANN's key initiatives in the region, aiming to introduce people under thirty to ICANN and the larger Internet ecosystem. It complements our global ICANN NextGen and Fellowship programs, by strengthening them and creating local youth networks that will benefit from ICANN's leadership through trainings and guidance.

For your questions or more information on any of the above, you can get in touch with us at

We look forward to seeing you in Kampala soon, and hope you will be able to join us at one or more of our activities!


    Grace Julius Ssembatya  14:35 UTC on 08 June 2019

    How can i register for the YouthCom (Youth Community) Workshop on 13-14 June? And where is it going to be held? Thank You! Grace J

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