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Update on ICANN Cairo Meetings & Call for Sponsors

On behalf of the local organizing committee, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all who plan to attend the 7-10 March ICANN meetings in Cairo, Egypt. Details on the meetings have been posted at <>, including information on hotel options, meeting schedules and agendas, and pre-registration.

Hosted by the Egyptian Ministry of Communication, the Cabinet Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC), and the Internet Society of Egypt, this will be the first ICANN meeting in the Middle East, and the first on the African continent. The local organizing committee is working hard to ensure a productive and enjoyable gathering for ICANN and its constituent organizations. In that regard, the committee is seeking sponsors for the Cairo meetings. Sponsorships are available at two levels:

Meeting Sponsors will be asked to contribute US $10,000. Meeting Sponsors will be prominently recognized at the meetings and in online and print materials, and will have the opportunity to distribute informational materials to meeting attendees in the hotel foyer. Most importantly, Meeting Sponsors will be highlighted at the gala dinner being planned for the evening of 8 March.

Meeting Co-Sponsors will be asked to contribute US $5,000. Meeting Co-Sponsors will be recognized at the ICANN meetings and in online and print materials, and will have the opportunity to distribute informational materials to meeting attendees in the hotel foyer. Each meeting Co-Sponsor will be highlighted at one reception, lunch, or event during the course of the meetings.

The November ICANN meetings in Los Angeles were sponsored by Compaq; Jones, Day Reavis & Pogue; Latham & Watkins; the Communications Industry Services business unit of Lockheed Martin; MCI WorldCom;; Network Solutions, Inc.; and Real Networks. See <> for details.

If you have any questions about these meetings -- or about sponsorship opportunities -- please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to seeing you in Cairo.

Warmest regards,

Tarek Kamel

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