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A Letter From The President

July 14, 2014                       Volume 2 No. 34
Domain Name Industry needs tax waiver
At the just concluded Africa Domain Name System (DNS) forum and the African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) 2004, at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, one key subject of interest that invariably excited key participants was the call for tax waiver on equipments used for deployment across the continent.

When I made this call during a break-out session on tax waiver for equipments used by registries and registrars, it was applauded.

But like every other options, DNS industry on the continent also requires to come up with the policy statements to our various governments, across the 54 African countries that must be well fine-tuned for the purpose of achieving this goal.

This is not to say that there are no other issues of concern to the DNS industry particularly, just as the issue of capacity building for practitioners cannot be over-emphasised.

This event hosted by your dear NIRA, is co-organized by Africa Top Level Domain Organisation (AfTLD)  the Internet Society (ISOC) African Bureau and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names (ICANN), with sponsorship from partners including WinRock Nigeria who provided the Internet access to participants, National Information Technologhy Development Development Agency (NITDA).

One of the exciting moments was the gala dinner hosted by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) at Rockview for AfDNS participants.

The event built on a community of practice that tends to strengthen the Domain Name Industry on the African continent, was opened by the Honourable Minister of Communication Technology Dr. Mrs. Omobola Johnson, who was represented by the Director, eGovernance, Mr. Tope Fashedenmi.
Outside the DNS which held for three days between July 7 and 9, the second part of the week was not left out as NIRA alongside partners through the Local Multistakeholder Advisory Group (LMAG) of the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum, played host to the third African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) at the same venue, Nicon Luxury between July 10 and 12, 2014 with over 22 countries in attendance including United States and Canada.

This time, the Honourable Minister, herself was at hand to receive participants and declare the event open. She also took part in the gala nite at the same venue which saw elegant performance of cultural troupe.
By now, we expect that both participants at the DNS Forum and Africa Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) are home safely.

We, therefore, wish to appreciate those who participated physically and savoured the cultural heritage of good people of Nigeria; we commend the spirit of our remote participants from across the world. It shows the global nature of our Internet world.

We hope that as participants arrive home, they have good tales to tell about Nigeria and her people, most importantly that they were safe in Nigeria.

I must not forget members of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the two events. May God reward us all abundantly.
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Mary Nma Uduma
NIRA President

AfDNS 2014: L-r AfTLD president Dr. Paulous Nyirenda, Manager ICANN Stakeholder Management for Africa, Mr. Yaovi Atohoun, NIRA president, Mrs. Mary Uduma speaking, ISOC regional executive, and Mr. Tope Fashedenmi who represented Communication Technology Minister, Dr. Mrs. Omobola Johnson at the opening session of Africa Domain Name System (AfDNS) forum 2014 in Abuja, recently.
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Africa needs candid examination to maximise Internet opportunities – Johnson

The Honourable Minister of Communication Technology, Dr. Mrs. Omobola Johnson has said that Africa needs to candidly examine its perspectives to be able to maximise the opportunities inherent in the Internet.

Speaking as a special guest at the third Africa Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) held at Nicon Luxury, Abuja recently and hosted by the Local MultiStakeholder Advisory Group (LMAG) of the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum,  Dr, Johnson noted that African IGF gives the continent an opportunity to collate its perspectives.

“It allows us candidly to examine Africa’s position vis-à-vis the rest of the world in maximising the opportunities the internet presents and to examine the challenges that Africa faces in increasing its presence and influence in this connected world,” she declared.

According to her, there is much discussion that could fit into and enjoined participants to engage through collaborative Forum, stressing that the discussions will form the basis on which true partnerships could be built for the development of Africa.

She cited an instance on how the internet is relevant to Africa and Nigeria precisely with the Ondo State Abiyeprogramme, an initiative that links up (i) pregnant mothers and infants up to age 5 with (ii) health centres or clinics near them and (iii) the Mother and Child Hospital (MCH) in Akure, the State capital. Key to these linkages, she said, is the availability and use of ICTs between patients, health works and health specialists.

Mrs. Johnson pointed out that the impact has been better maternal and infant healthcare, safer deliveries and reductions in maternal and infant mortality.  Notable achievements for a State that was ranked by the World Bank in 2008 as having the highest maternal deaths in South West Nigeria.
CPN CEO calls on African TLDs to create demand

he Registrar and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Computer Registration Professional of Nigeria (CPN) Mr. Sekiru Shehu has called on the African Top Level Domain (AfTLDs) to create more demands.
Speaking in his keynote address to the 2014 Africa Domain Name System (AfDNS) forum holding at the Nicon Luxury Abuja on “Monetizing the Africa Domain Name Space” Mr. Shehu noted that there are two sides to a business, namely the supply and demand sides respectively.
According to him, the problem is not supply so “we have not done well in creating demand – And so, we have to wake up.”
Members of the African TLDs community need to develop capacities for business development take seriously the issues of quality of service (QoS), quality of experience (QoE) and put in place friendly operational policies and procedures.
He pointed out that as many Africans go online, African businesses and governments are turning to the internet and in particular the domain name industry to help them elevate their work to the next level, to help them grow and increase impact.
“The domain name industry is increasingly becoming a major contributor to our countries, Gross Domestic Products (GDPs). This has brought about the need to look at ways of taking advantage of the new opportunities through investment and monetization,” he asserted.
In addition, Shehu said there are many different categories of domain investment and monetization, with some being easier than others.
“Some methods have a higher return than others. They all have their pros and cons, and they all take time and hard work to utilize effectively. This will form the basis of our discussion ...,” the CPN boss said.
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