NTRA Events
ICANN 33rd International Public Meeting, Cairo, 2 November, 2008

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 Egypt.

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.

H.E Opening speech.

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