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A Message From The President

July 31, 2014                       Volume 2 No. 35
IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG)

I was nominated by Country Code Names Supporting Organisation (ccNSO) Mid July as one of the 4 representatives of the ccNSO Community on the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG). A call was made for nomination and I applied. A nominating committee process was instituted by the ccNSO who selected 4 candidates from the several applications received. I represent the Country Code Top level Domains (ccTLDs) in the African region.
I will be working with this group until the proposal is submitted to the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) by May 2015. The first face-to-face (f2f) meeting was held in London 17-18 July, 2014. In this first meeting, the ICG developed a proposed charter and scope for its future work in support on the community's development of a proposal on the IANA functions stewardship transition. I will keep you all updated as the task progresses and solicit your input and suggestions to help us succeed in the assignment.
Other Committees on the IANA Transition would be established by ICANN.  There is the Enhancing ICANN Accountability Committee which would soon be constituted.  I will encourage DNS Industry stakeholders to participate in this process. See the update at:
You can read more about the “Statement from the First Meeting of the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG)”
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Mary Nma Uduma
NIRA President
News!  News!!  News!!!
NIRA was at this year’s Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) Annual
Conference held at Nike Lake Resort & Hotel, Enugu, Enugu State, from July 23rd to the 25th, 2014. The Theme was: Building a Knowledge-Based Economy in Nigeria: The Role of Information Technology. The purpose of the Conference was to provide a forum through which multiple stakeholders can engage each other on effective initiatives to build productive partnerships in support of Nigeria’s transformation into an information and knowledge-based economy. The Conference brought together scholars, business persons, IT practitioners, government policymakers, and the general public.
NIRA was represented by the President Mrs. Mary Uduma, the Vice President Mr. Sunday Folayan and a staff of NIRA, Mrs. Uchechi Odo
Upperlink Becomes ICANN Accredited Registrar

The country’s internet density received a boost as the global internet body, Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers [ICANN] announced the accreditation of Nigeria’s leading registrar, Upperlink July 2014, which makes the company first Nigerian and eighth accredited registrar in Africa. With the new status, Upperlink would serve Nigerian and international markets. As the leading Nigeria Internet Registration Association [NIRA]’s accredited registrar, Upperlink is in the forefront of registrars spearheading the migration of Nigerian companies from .com to the .ng domain name, which is Nigeria’s Country Code Top Level Domain, and also its other second level extensions. Segun Akano, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the company, said the .ng domain “is a short and unique domain”. With the ICANN accreditation Upperlink joins fellow Registrars from Ghana, Senegal and South Africa, in the prestigious club of ICANN Accredited Registrars in Africa. Congratulations, Upperlink!

West Africa IGF (WAIGF) -
Banjul, The Gambia: 6 - 8 August 2014

IGF2014 2-5
September 2014 Istanbul

ICANN 51 - Los Angeles, CA 12-16 October 2014 USA

AFRINIC 21 22-28 November 2014 Mauritius
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