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.
Mrs. Mary Nma Uduma
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.