H.E Dr. Tarek Kamel the minister of communications and information technology
inaugurated today morning the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and
Numbers' (ICANN) 33rd International Public Meeting at Intercontinental City
Stars which will be held during the period from 2-7 November 2008, the event
marks the 10th anniversary of the organization.
At its meeting held on April 28th, 2008, the ICANN Board accepted the
proposal to host the meeting put forward by the Egyptian Ministry of
Communications and Information Technology represented by the National Telecom
Regulatory Authority (NTRA).
Egypt assumes a pivotal role in the ICANN depending on a number of principles
that the Egyptian government advocates, such as respecting the different
cultures and nations, consolidation of dialogue and understanding between
nations, supporting principles of pluralism, freedom and free competition.
Egypt also seeks to bridge and harmonize the different viewpoints and to
crystallize the different causes and challenges of the Arab and African
countries into policies and ideas that can be discussed and addressed through
the ICANN. Egypt in this respect hosted the AFTLD in May 2007 and took part in
the Puerto Rico meeting in June 2007, and Paris meeting in 2008.
The ICANN meeting was previously hosted in Cairo in March 2000, by the
Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the Cabinet
Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) and the Internet Society of
Each year ICANN holds three meetings in different regions around the world.
These meetings constitute an essential part of ICANN's global consensus-building
and outreach efforts. The ICANN Meetings Committee sets the regions in which
ICANN will hold its meetings.
Proposals are then solicited from organizations interested in hosting the
ICANN Meeting. The Meetings Committee then evaluates the proposals and selects
the host country for each meeting. It is worth mentioning in this regard that
the ICANN is a non-profit organization that manages the Internet and provides a
stable digital environment while supporting free competition. ICANN also
supports multilingualism and multi culturelism on all levels.
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