APTLD Board Meeting Communiqué (16 February 2017)

On 16 February 2017, the APTLD Board held its teleconference and considered a range of matters. A summary of the meeting is published in this Communiqué.

Secretariat’s Update on the 2017 Board Election Outcome

The Board considered the Secretariat’s report on the 2017 Board election outcome and accepted it for forwarding to the AGM. The board noted that the election was conducted in strict observance with the rules and also noted that in the steady state, four members would be elected to two-year terms each year, and that members may be elected to shorter terms in by-elections.

An Update on Progress in Preparations for APTLD71

The Board discussed preparations for APTLD71 and AGM and noted with satisfaction the good progress to date and the record-breaking number of registrations for the meeting. The Board also suggested GM should further specify the title and substance of the concluding general session on policy issues.

Consideration of the draft 2017 AGM Agenda and Recommendation to AGM Thereon

The Board considered the draft 2017 AGM Agenda and recommended it to be forwarded to members.

Consideration of the Updated Draft 2017 Budget Projections and Recommendation to AGM Thereon

The Board considered and approved the updated draft 2017 budget.

Consideration of the Auditor’s Report on FY 2016 and Recommendation to AGM of Decision on Thereon

The Board considered the 2016 accounts and the Auditor’s Report thereon and recommended it be forwarded to the AGM.

Consideration of the Auditors’ Quotations and Recommendation to AGM on Selection of the Auditor for FY 2017

The Board considered the three quotations received to audit the APTLD accounts for FY 2017 and decided to forward them to the AGM for selection.

Consideration of Progress in the APTLD Website Revamp Activities

The Board received GM’s update on the matter and noted with satisfaction that the project is well on track, with GM having working sessions in person with the CNNIC’s development team in Beijing. The Board also noted GM’s affirmation that a beta-version of the website would be available for testing within the timelines set forth in the Website Development Contract.

GM’s Update on the State of the 2017 Budget and its Execution, Including the Membership Fee Collection Campaign

The Board received a GM’s update on the matter and noted that 27 Ordinary Members out of 42 and 9 Associate Members out of 12 have paid their fees to date. The Board also expressed gratitude to auDA, KISA and the IUSN Foundation for having increased their contributions to APTLD to match their respective fee bands; the Board also thanked PANDI for having increased its contribution to APTLD.

Consideration of the ISOC Report on the IETF97 Fellowship and Proposal for IETF100 Fellowship

The Board discussed the report and agreed that sending APTLD-sponsored Fellows to IETF was useful for our community and recommended that GM should issue a call for one such Fellowship for the IETF meeting in Singapore in November 2017. The Board noted that this complements the upcoming call for two APTLD-sponsored Fellowships to the Asia Pacific School on Internet Governance (APSIG) and will form an important component of the APTLD’s capacity-building effort.

The Board also considered a number of other administrative matters.