East African Internet Forum
Statement on ICANN Evolution and Reform (Nairobi Declaration)
August 26, 2002
Dear Dr. Stuart Lynn,
It is our pleasure to send to you, under cover of this letter, the Nairobi Declaration. We are submitting this to you on behalf of the first East African Internet Forum (EAIF) organizers, the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), the Telecommunications Service Providers Organization of Kenya (TESPOK) and the African Telecommunications Union (ATU). As you can see this declaration is supported by 10 leading organizations in Africa, including 7 pan-African organizations who participated in the Forum.
Please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions. We hope to see you again soon in Africa.
EAIF under the Chairmanship of Mr. Richard Bell (TESPOK) and jointly co-sponsored by CCK, TESPOK and ATU
cc: Nancy J. Victory
First East African Internet Forum
Statement of Nairobi
Considering the rapid adoption and adaptation of the Internet in Africa and the key role the private sector is playing in driving this process;
Considering that the Africa continent is emerging quickly in the Internet and e-commerce arena, and thereby is impacted by and benefits from the process of formulation of the policies governing the standards, norms and protocol issues of the naming and numbering of the Internet;
Considering that the anchoring of the African continent in the current globalisation process depends on its effective participation in the construction of the information society, including the Internet and e-commerce, in which it should bring its contributions and specificities;
Considering that ICANN was incorporated in 1998 for ensuring the coordination of the Internet’s identifiers for domain names, IP address numbers, protocol parameter and port numbers, as well as the stable operation of the Internet's root server system on the one hand, and guaranteeing that contributions and needs of the global Internet communities are reflected on the other hand;
Reinforcing the private-public partnership, with private sector leadership and responsibility in innovation and development of the Internet, and the important role of governments in ensuring their respective public interest objectives;
Recognizing ICANN as the organization that encompasses government, private sector, technical community, intellectual property community, and any other interested participants, to ensure strong and global coordination of the functions related to the global domain name system;
Recognizing and appreciating the efforts of the ICANN and its bodies of support to make effective internationalization and geographical diversity of utmost priority;
Conscious that the many emergent African regional organizations (for example, AfrICANN, AfriNIC, AfTLD, AfriSPA, AfNOG, along with informal coordination) attest efforts and interest of Africa for the questions relating to the international coordination of the internet resources which are the domain names, the envelope addresses of names and numbers;
Conscious of the importance of information exchange and knowledge sharing between the different sectors necessary to ensure continued growth and development of the Internet;
Therefore the participants of the First East-African Internet Forum and ACT 2002 reiterate their support for and appreciation to ICANN as the appropriate model for the necessary private sector driven organization for the coordination of naming and numbering issues for the domain name system. Furthermore, the participants warmly welcome the initiatives of ICANN, and its CEO that recognize the importance of (a) participating in regional meetings and (b) furthering exchange and communication by establishing an outreach program of education and capacity building around the core ICANN functions for Africa.
In particular, and with respect to the foregoing, the African Internet community:
Fact in Nairobi on August 8th 2002
Participants of the Forum include:
1. African ISP Association (AfrISPA)