ICANN president reveals African expansion plans

ICANN PresidentThe president of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has said he plans to increase the continent's involvement in Internet governance

ICANN President Fadi Chehadé addressed 200 attendees at the Africa Multi-Stakeholder Internet Governance meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, including ministers and other government representatives.

“ICANN used to say if you want to participate in Internet governance come to ICANN,” stated Chehadé.

“We’ve changed that and now ICANN is coming to the stakeholders. We’re not waiting for you to come. We’re coming to you,” he added.

Chehadé stated that he will work towards rising the number of accredited domain name registrars as there are currently five registered on the African continent compared to 1,000 worldwide.

“We will have ICANN staff, at least one, in each of the six regions of Africa - North, South, East, West, Central and the Indian Ocean,” Chehadé said.

The multi-stakeholder IG event was administered by the African Union, ISOC-Africa, AFRINIC and the African IGF.

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