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A Letter From The President

December 2, 2013                       Volume 1 No. 18
Future of Internet Governance tops agenda @ICANN 48

The future of Internet Governance took on a new priority at the 48th Public Meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This is coming ahead of the April global session on Internet Governance Forum in Brazil in the city of São Paulo.

As expected, the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) was fully represented at the meeting by a delegation led by yours sincerely to reiterate the active participation of our stakeholders and country, Nigeria.

Official records have it that over 1,700 participants from around the world attended the ICANN meeting in Buenos Aires, with a call by ICANN President and Chief Executive, Fadi Chehade for more engagement of the global internet community, just as he reassured on the commitment of ICANN to this effect.

The ICANN CEO had noted that as part of the ecosystem, and the environment ICANN has to be engaged, it.  does not mean ICANN has to lag behind by leaving its responsibilities or increase responsibilities, but have to also be active participants in the ecosystem. This, he said, is central to the multi-stakeholder success on a global level.

Chehadé outlined the organization's accomplishments over the past year and also praised the success of the new generic Top-Level Domain (gTLDs) Programme. So far, 24 new top-level domains have been delegated into the Domain Name System (DNS).

"In fact, we have added more new gTLDs to the root today than all the gTLDs in the history of ICANN," he disclosed.

ICANN also announced that Lesley Cowley, the CEO at the U.K. registry Nominet, is the winner of the first Leadership Award. The organization also unveiled plans to create a new award to honor community members called the Multistakeholder Ethos Award. The first Ethos award will be presented at the next ICANN meeting in Singapore.

Worthy of note was the address by the Communications Secretary and Chief of the Cabinet of Argentine Ministers, Juan Manuel Abal Medina, Jr., who stressed the importance of keeping up with a rapidly growing network. Pointing out that every human has a resource deficit and called for designed public policies that will help to overcome these obstacles in terms of growth.

During the Annual General Meeting, ICANN Board Chair Dr. Stephen Crocker noted what some key attendees described as groundbreaking work of the community of Internet organizations in bringing the issue of governance to the forefront through the Montevideo Statement on the Future of Internet Cooperation.

According to Crocker, there is need to have a more inclusive framework so as to have the participation from everybody – civil society, academia, business, et cetera, adding that if there is no perseverance, there may not be inclusiveness, which may entail redefining, which is a very polite word for 'do enormous damage to'; describing it as the “most inclusive communications system that man has ever devised."

Also during the Buenos Aires meeting, the Korea Internet and Security Agency (KISA) and ICANN jointly announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on engagement efforts in Korea and implement a pilot project to promote language localization efforts in the region.

ICANN's 48th Public Meeting in Buenos Aires continued through Thursday, November  21, 2013 when it came to a close, with a display of Argentines cultural displays.

As we journey to Singapore for the ICANN 49, it is with high-hopes that we hope to internalize and localize some of the global best practices so as to increase the market share of our country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) .NG.

I wish to call on our Registrars to get involved in ICANN meetings.  Back home to e-Nigeria 2013, Registrars are hereby invited to take part and exhibit their indigenous products  in Abuja.  Stakeholders are also invited to celebarate African Union at 50 with AUC e-Week in Addis Ababa.

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Mary Nma Uduma
NIRA President
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VP Sambo to declare open e-Nigeria’13

The Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Arc. Namadi Sambo is the special guest at the forthcoming eNigeria 2013 conference.
     The event holding between December 3-5, 2013 at the Shehu Musa Yar'Adua Centre, Abuja Business District would be hosted by the Honourable Minister of Communication Technology (CommTech) and supervising Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, it would be presided over by Prof. Senator Iya Abubakar.
     With the central theme on 'Local Content in ICT Development in Nigeria: The journey so far' has a lineup of speakers confirmed for the event.
     The speakers lineup would be led by Prof. Pat Utomi as keynote speaker, while other notable speakers would include Prof. Charles Akinyoku, Mr. Inye Kemabonta, Prof. Patience Akpan-Obong, Engr. Ahmed Rufai, Mr. Abdul-Hakeen Ajijola, Mr. Dele Ajisomo, Prof. Kevin Urama and Mr. Suraj Ramgolam. Mrs. Mary Uduma, President, NIRA
     However, the 2012 edition of eNigeria with the theme “Local Content in ICT Development in Nigeria” examined the nonexistence of technology exports and very low level of patronage of locally produced ICT products including hardware and software.
     Stakeholders at the summit observed that while the country appears to be fully abreast with technological advancements and global innovation, the economic value generated locally with the imported technologies used by Nigerians is far below that of indigenous technologies.


ATCON hosts forum, OGM 2013
A member of NiRA stakeholder organization, the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has concluded plans to host its annual one-day Telecoms Executives and Regulators Forum 2013.
     Executive secretary, ATCON, Mr. Ajibola Olude, said that the forum, scheduled for Thursday, November 28, is a full-day networking event which would also play host to the Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) of the organization.
     On the main event expected to commence with a welcome address by ATCON president and Executive board member of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), Engr. Lanre Ajayi. This would be followed by goodwill messages before the keynote address by the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Eugene Juwah.
     According to him, there products presentation by some designated companies, to be followed by panel discussion on ‘Effectiveness of Number Portability Scheme’ to be chaired by   Aremu Olajide, Director, Network Operation, Globacom Nigeria.
     The second panel discussion, he said would be on ‘Broadband: Open access, Spectrum, Right of ways, stimulating demand etc to be presided over by the Executive Director, Corporate Services at MTN Nigeria, Mr. Wale Goodluck.
     Just as the third panel discussion will be chaired by former president of the Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) and ATCON, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, who is currently the chief executive officer of Teledom Group on ’Migration from Analogue to Digital Broadcasting: Implications for Telecoms.’
     In addition, he said there would be yet another panel discussion on ‘Lawful Interception Issue’ to be chaired by Osondu Nwokoro, Head, Legal & Regulatory Affairs Airtel Nigeria.

AU, EU collaborate on Internet/ICT Week’13


The 2013 Africa Union (AU) and European Union (EU) Forum on Internet, Information and Communication (Internet/ICT) has been concluded to take place between December 2 and 6, 2013 at the African Union Conference Centre (AUCC) and Office Complex in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The event is organised by the EuroAfrica-ICT/P8 EU/FP7 in the framework of the AUC Internet/ICT Week holding in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) which later rebranded to African Union (AU).

The ‘2013 Africa-EU Cooperation Forum on Internet/ICT’ is the sixth of a series organised by the EuroAfrica-ICT Initiative under the aegis of the European Commission (EC, DG CONNECT) and the African Union Commissions (AUC, Information Society Division) and in the framework of the Joint Africa-EU Strategic Partnership (JAES).

The African Union (AU) on September 9,1999, came as a pronouncement of the Heads of State and Government of the Organisation of African Unity issued a Declaration calling for the establishment of an African Union, with a view, to accelerate the process of integration in the continent to enable it play its rightful role in the global economy, while addressing multifaceted social, economic and political problems compounded as they are by certain negative aspects of globalisation.

NIRA would be represented by the Board Committee Chairman on Communications, Mr Remmy Nweke, other ICT/Internet stakeholders in Nigeria are encouraged to attend.
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