Cairo on 18/3/2014,
H.E. Eng. Atef Helmy, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, welcomed the announcement by the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), issued on Friday, 14 March 2014.
NTIA expressed, in its announcement, its intent to transition its oversight role on key Internet domain name functions to a new future mechanism, replacing the role that NTIA has exercised for years in this sphere.
Particularly, H.E. praised NTIA's call to ICANN to commence without delay a consultative process to formulate a common vision involving all stakeholders throughout the world towards developing such future mechanism.
Eng. Atef Helmy has stressed the fact that the afore-mentioned announcement comes in line with the Egyptian vision that has been raised in various forums in the past years, including the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS), Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). That vision is based on main pillars that include:
- Participation of all stakeholders in Internet Governance processes;
- Participation of all countries on equal footing in Internet-related international public policy making, with no single government exercising a pre-eminent role; and
- Recognizing the importance of openness, security, stability and resiliency of the Internet network, and its uninterrupted continuous operations given the crucial role that internet is playing on the globe, and its increasing impact on the digital economy and society.
Minister Atef Helmy is to head a high-level Egyptian delegation to the Global Multi-stakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance that will take place in Brazil on 23, 24 April 2014. The meeting aims to consolidate global principles, and propose a roadmap for the further evolution of the Internet governance ecosystem, with multi-stakeholder participation. Egypt's official representation at such high level testifies to its leading and pioneering role in the international Internet governance landscape.
Eng. Hesham El Alaily, NTRA's Executive President, emphasized that NTRA is looking forward to participating actively in the consultation process announced by ICANN, which has already commenced in the afternoon of Saturday, March 15th, 2014 during the meeting which was held with the participation of Mr. Fadi Chehadé, President and CEO of ICANN, which will be followed by a round of consultations in ICANN’s next meeting in Singapore later this month.
Eng. Hesham El Alaily added that NTRA continually participates in ICANN's activities, where NTRA representatives actively engage in the work of ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC). Moreover, Egypt previously assumed the roles of Vice-Chairman both in GAC, and in the Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT), the latter that reached significant recommendations that are being implemented in ICANN. In addition, Egypt participates in the activities of the Global Internet Governance Forum since its inception, with Egypt hosting it in 2009.
Furthermore, Eng. Hesham El Alaily highlighted Egypt’s pivotal role at the Arab level in the area of Internet governance, as H.E. Eng. Atef Helmy chairs the Executive Bureau of the Arab Telecommunication and Information Council of Ministers (ATICM), and where NTRA has participated in the establishment of the Arab Internet Governance Forum (Arab IGF), which held its last meeting in Cairo last week, and also runs its Technical Secretariat since its establishment in 2012, as per the Arab Ministers mandate.