18 September 2017
The 72nd Members Meeting was held in the city in Tbilisi, the Republic of Georgia, on 14 and 15 September 2017 and proved yet another milestone development for the community. It should also be recognized a groundbreaking meeting in many regards.
It was for the first time that APTLD went to the trans-Caucasian area to once again find itself in a close proximity to Europe. Likewise, for the first time the training session was delivered by the NLnet Labs team, that appeared highly professional and stirred much interest among some 20 trainees representing both APTLD members and the local community.
As well, it was for the first time that such renowned organizations as RIPE NCC and NOMINET co-sponsored the Meeting, thereby having joined ICANN and ISOC that sent their delegates for the event. One of the Meeting highlights became the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between APTLD and RIPE NCC, which emphasizes a strong mutual interest in promoting cooperation between the two key industry players across Eurasia and in the Middle East.
For the first time ever the number of participants in an APTLD Meeting surpassed a 115 mark, of whom representatives of European ccTLDs registries and registrars accounted for one-third. They proactively contributed to panel discussions and roundtables, and accounted for nearly 45% of 75 presenters and panelists in the sessions. APTLD benefited from the excellent broadband access in the country, which allowed bringing online a record-breaking number of remote participants – as many as 17 of them represented Latin America, US, Africa and Asia and contributed via Association’s own Adobe Connect platform.
The two-track structure of the Meeting agenda allowed a record-breaking number of sessions (16 in total) and once again proved Members’ keen interest in technical aspects of registries’ operation; meanwhile, in addition to a set of regularly discussed legal, administrative and policy issues, it was for the first time that APTLD members discussed such unorthodox topics as Women in DNS and HR Policies, and the Internet of Things - these sessions promoted an intense cross-continental dialogue and were labeled as cross-polling panel, that allowed a far greater understanding of commonalities and differences between East and West in some key areas.
The Meeting also featured such a milestone for the community’s advancement as the inauguration of the new corporate website, which is to form the pivot of APTLD’s communication and outreach efforts and discussion on, and a subsequent drafting of, an APTLD Statement on Country and Territory Designators as Top-level Domains which is appended to the present Communiqué.
During the Meeting, it was also announced that UZINFOCOM, the ccTLD registry for .UZ of the Republic of Uzbekistan, which is the biggest nation in the Central Asia, submitted its application for Ordinary Membership in APTLD. At its face-to-face Meeting, the APTLD Board reviewed the application and voted for its admission as Member.
APTLD72 has become yet another manifestation of the growing maturity of the ccTLD community in Asia Pacific. The Association’s consistent expansion and continuous outreach efforts across the region keep yielding positive outcomes which helps further solidify its unique standing as an important part of the vibrant Internet Governance ecosystem in ATR.
APTLD Statement on Country and Territory Designators as Top-level Domains
The Asia-Pacific Top-Level Domain Association (APTLD) is aware that there are continuing efforts to register labels designating countries and territories as gTLDs. This issue was discussed in detail at the APTLD members’ meeting held in Tbilisi, Georgia in September 2017 and a variety of views were expressed.
Consequently, APTLD wishes to state that it supports the continuation of the status-quo regarding country and territory designators as top-level domains, i.e.:
- all 2-letter ASCII codes, whether or not in the ISO 3166 alpha-2 list, are reserved for ccTLDs,
- all 3-letter ASCII codes in the ISO 3166 alpha-3 list are reserved and cannot be applied for, and
- any string in the Reserved Country and Territory Names lists referred to in the ICANN document https://www.icann.org/resources/country-territory-names/#reserved would not be delegated as a gTLD.