As the year comes to an end, we wanted to reflect on milestones achieved with the support of you, our community. Your dedication, relentless effort, & collaboration with us, ensured that the 2017 flagship events & meetings were not only successful, but also seamless.
2017 saw new initiatives that helped increase the capacity and awareness of specific stakeholder groups and promoted their meaningful participation in ICANN and the wider Internet Governance ecosystem. We also developed better collaboration with the regional economic blocks in Africa, participating in ECOWAS, CRASA, SATA, EACO & AUC meetings to further our regional engagement with governments.
Key Highlights of 2017
The First Capacity Building Workshop: In January, ICANN held the first high level Government Advisory Committee (GAC)’s workshop. It marked the culmination of our long planning & coordination efforts with various GAC members, the GAC Underserved Regions Working Group & the Government Engagement team. The workshop was the first of its kind & is now a model for other ICANN regions. Göran Marby attended this meeting during his inaugural visit to the region, as President and CEO of ICANN.org.
Workshop for the West Africa Telecommunication Regulators Assembly (WATRA): Inspired by the GAC workshop, WATRA requested a similar workshop for its members. It took place on 25 and 26 April. The event was hosted by the Liberian Telecommunication Authority & drew 82 participants. Africa Internet pioneers Prof. Nii Quaynor & Prof. Alex Corenthin were among the speakers.
Africa Internet Summit (AIS) –[21 May to 2 June in Nairobi, Kenya]: This year saw a few key sessions.
ICANN DAY – This has become a signature day at the AIS, dedicated to introducing the community & newcomers to the current work at ICANN. Current topics covered this year were: KSK Rollover, ICANN registrar accreditation process & an overview of the policy development processes.
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